BensBeat Top 25 Albums of 2017

Without further ado, here are my favourite projects of 2017. Happy new year! Honourable Mentions: blackbear - digital druglord Migos - C U L T U R E Tove Lo - Blue Lips [lady wood phase II] Halsey - hopeless fountain kingdom Betty Who - The Valley Kelly Clarkson - Meaning Of Life Bleachers - … Continue reading BensBeat Top 25 Albums of 2017

BensBeat Top 50 Songs of 2017

2017 saw a lot of music spin in a political direction, and while we didn't necessarily receive the high-concept masterpiece I'd been waiting for after last year's Lemonade and Blonde, we still bore witness to a lot of pretty incredible firsts. Here are my top 50 songs that got us through the tumultuous year: Honourable Mentions: Charli XCX … Continue reading BensBeat Top 50 Songs of 2017

Rapid Fire Reviews (Chris Stapleton, Miguel, Big Sean)

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2 Country/soul superstar Chris Stapleton releases the second half of his From A Room series, following the excellent Volume 1 early this year. Despite mostly restraining himself from the explosive moments and outlaw country lyrics on this second half, opting instead for safer, pleasant balladry, Stapleton’s vocal talent … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Chris Stapleton, Miguel, Big Sean)

Rapid Fire Reviews (blackbear, Fabolous/Jadakiss, Cyhi The Prynce)

Cyhi The Prynce - No Dope On Sundays GOOD Music rapper Cyhi the Prynce’s debut project has been delayed for years amongst label disputes, dropping a few promising verses on label boss Kanye West’s tracks along the way. No Dope On Sundays is the sound of an artist who has been waiting to express himself … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (blackbear, Fabolous/Jadakiss, Cyhi The Prynce)

Rapid Fire Reviews (Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Maroon 5)

Sam Smith - The Thrill Of It All Sam Smith’s sophomore effort showcases his otherworldly vocal abilities from front to back, but doesn’t back them up with anything else to get excited about. Smith doesn’t change up the formula at all here, sticking to the gospel-tinged breakup slow burners that worked for him on debut … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Maroon 5)