Still only 22 years of age, Arlo Parks has quickly been establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Racking up endless critical acclaim with her poetic and lyrically dense debut, Collapsed in Sunbeams, Parks’ bedroom-pop aesthetics and tender vocals offered a mid-pandemic shoulder to cry on as she addressed … Continue reading Arlo Parks – My Soft Machine
Lil Durk – Almost Healed
Continuing a truly impressive release pace – although some quality control might be needed – in the wake of a variety of personal tragedies, Chicago’s Lil Durk is now on his fifth major studio album of the 2020s, continuing to reinvent himself as a more melodic rapper after his origins as a drill pioneer. While … Continue reading Lil Durk – Almost Healed
KAYTRANADA & Amine – KAYTRAMINE
Although most of the project was conceived and recorded in a jointly rented house back in 2021, a collaborative union between Montreal producer Kaytranada and Portland rapper Aminé has been nearly a decade in the making. Then a fan, Aminé remixed a Kaytranada track back in 2014 and caught his attention enough to reach out … Continue reading KAYTRANADA & Amine – KAYTRAMINE
Lewis Capaldi – Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent
As a truly dismal month for popular music rolls on, it would appear that Lewis Capaldi saw his biggest sadboi UK-based balladeer competition in Ed Sheeran release an uninspired album and follow it up with his own. Returning with a title that’s just as pretentious as his last, 2019’s Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, … Continue reading Lewis Capaldi – Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent
Bailey Zimmerman – Religiously. The Album.
Seemingly following the Morgan Wallen model of maximizing his image as a country star fit for the streaming and social media age, Bailey Zimmerman is both 7 years younger and doesn’t feel the need to overstuff his album with 36 tracks to rack those numbers up – two wins in my book. After breaking onto … Continue reading Bailey Zimmerman – Religiously. The Album.
Jonas Brothers – The Album
It truly doesn’t feel like it’s been a full four years since the release of the Jonas Brothers’ 2019 comeback album Happiness Begins, with quite a few one-off singles, collaborations, a 2021 tour and a solo album from Nick in the interim. That attitude of not really committing to anything concrete or wide-reaching might make … Continue reading Jonas Brothers – The Album
Destroy Lonely – If Looks Could Kill
As a music reviewer entering his late twenties, I thought that the official moment when I became out of touch with the appeal of what the younger generation was listening to was when I saw a figure who I’d previously never heard about going by the name of Yeat, sitting comfortably near the top of … Continue reading Destroy Lonely – If Looks Could Kill
Ed Sheeran – –
Having finally exhausted all of the basic mathematical symbols, it makes sense for Ed Sheeran to have saved - to the end – mostly since it’s the most tonally similar to his 2011 debut, +. A stripped-back acoustic project that finds Sheeran diving into some of the most serious topics of his career and opening … Continue reading Ed Sheeran – –
Eslabon Armado – DESVELADO
Well, I certainly didn’t have regional Mexican music achieving a massive surge in popularity to the tune of two songs hanging around in the top 10 and many more threatening to break into the region on my 2023 Bingo card. But despite the renewed interest and modernization of the traditional genre being spurred mostly by … Continue reading Eslabon Armado – DESVELADO
Jack Harlow – Jackman.
When Jack Harlow put out his last project, Come Home the Kids Miss You, to decidedly mixed reception (despite it catapulting him to household name status), there were many thinkpieces about his next move being a make-or-break one for his career going forward. Luckily for Harlow, it seems that he took the criticism of his … Continue reading Jack Harlow – Jackman.