Rapid Fire Reviews (Shawn Mendes, Father John Misty, Kanye West)

Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes Shawn Mendes releases his third self-titled studio album at the age of only 19, expanding his musical influences to explore genres past his trends of safe, acoustic pop balladry. Working with a high-profile set of collaborators, Mendes delivers a solid set of pop tracks that splits about half and half with … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Shawn Mendes, Father John Misty, Kanye West)

Rapid Fire Reviews (James Bay, BTS, Pusha T)

James Bay - Electric Light James Bay completely revamps his image on sophomore album Electric Light, linking up with Adele producer Paul Epworth to take his music in a much poppier direction, while still maintaining the soulful, almost gospel-influenced delivery that lent itself well to his stirring rock ballads. The transition isn’t always seamless, the album … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (James Bay, BTS, Pusha T)

Rapid Fire Reviews (Rae Sremmurd, Charlie Puth, Playboi Carti)

Rae Sremmurd - SR3MM/Swaecation/Jxmtro Brotherly hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd embrace their inner OutKast on the third in their Sremmlife album series, branching out and turning into a sprawling triple disc edition that allows a full album for each member to shine individually. Rae Sremmurd’s youthful, jubilant cloud-rap sound is often a joy to listen to, … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Rae Sremmurd, Charlie Puth, Playboi Carti)

Rapid Fire Reviews (Tinashe, J. Cole, Bishop Briggs)

Tinashe - Joyride Joyride is a project that frequently underrated R&B artist Tinashe has been promoting since 2015, delayed multiple times as it was apparently held back by label deman 2016’s Nightride album was a catchy, ethereal teaser, but it may have ended up being better than the final product. The label intervention is evident … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Tinashe, J. Cole, Bishop Briggs)

Rapid Fire Reviews (The Weeknd, Kacey Musgraves, Hayley Kiyoko)

The Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy, Canadian pop/R&B superstar The Weeknd releases a 6-song EP a year and a half after the successes of Starboy that sees him return to a sound that many fans have been missing. My Dear Melancholy, is much darker than we’ve heard him get in a while. While it’s difficult … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (The Weeknd, Kacey Musgraves, Hayley Kiyoko)

Rapid Fire Reviews (The Decemberists, Jack White, Diplo)

The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl The Decemberists return with a delightfully melodic and cynical take on the state of the world, taking a much more electronic path than their previous works and relying more on synths. The band named New Order as a major influence for the project and it definitely shows. While the … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (The Decemberists, Jack White, Diplo)

Rapid Fire Reviews (Logic, Lil Yachty, XXXTENTACION)

Logic - Bobby Tarantino II The newly minted king of woke rap enters another instalment into his less formal series of mixtapes after breaking through to the public in a major way with his latest album Everybody. While Logic does show both a hilarious level of self-awareness at how annoying his preachiness can be and … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Logic, Lil Yachty, XXXTENTACION)

Rapid Fire Reviews (Vance Joy, Tory Lanez, Tech N9ne)

Vance Joy - Nation of Two Indie-pop singer-songwriter Vance Joy returns with his second studio album, almost 4 years after the runaway success that was “Riptide”, a song which was run into the ground to a rather annoying degree for this reviewer personally. Joy’s sentimental songwriting and catchy falsetto melodies are back on this project, and … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Vance Joy, Tory Lanez, Tech N9ne)