Tag: album reviews
Jan. 18, 2013
A$AP Rocky falls flat with his debut album
At the end of 2011, before ever releasing a mixtape, A$AP Rocky signed a $3 million record deal with RCA and Polo Grounds Music. Just weeks later, on Halloween, Rocky unleashed his impressive mixtape, “Live.Love.A$AP,” and instantly became one of the next rising stars in hip-hop. After touring off of that mixtape again to hype up his first studio release, Rocky continued his growth as his popularity continued to increase.
Mar. 16, 2012
You Should Be Celebrating
The classic status of an album can be based as much on its influence to future generations as its own musical merit. That statement may sound unfair to you, but it’s true. The Beatles sure wrote fantastic songs their entire career, but their importance is greatly diminished if future bands were not inspired by them. At the same time, people are more likely to be inspired by bands that are more visible, which are likely more accessible. This trend was never more important than in the 1960s, when signing to a record label and getting radio airplay were undoubtedly the quickest paths to success. Therefore, the general thought 45 years ago was that the band with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 should be celebrated while the band with a No. 171 album should be ignored and forgotten. “The Velvet Underground & Nico” is a unique exception, even though it took two decades to be considered classic.
Nov. 18, 2011
‘Camp’ a strong debut
The 13-track album shows off Childish Gambino’s wit and versatile style while giving insight to his inner demons. The album opens with the dramatic “Outside,” which immediately takes listeners off on a journey with Gambino. The choral group-assisted intro lets listeners get a taste of Glover’s struggles with his family, from growing up poor in Georgia to his present-day trials and tribulations backed by epic crashing cymbals.
Oct. 14, 2011
Aug. 12, 2011
Luxury, honesty with ‘Watch The Throne’
The phenomenon that is “Watch The Throne” started with a tweet from Kanye West last August announcing that he was working on a five-song album with Jay-Z. That concept expanded into a full-length project. Almost a year later, one of the most anticipated albums in hip-hop history was released exclusively through iTunes this past Monday, August 8.
Apr. 8, 2011
Britney Spears did it again
Far gone are the days when Britney Spears was dressed in a Catholic school uniform, dating Justin Timberlake and shaving her head while attacking a car with an umbrella. Even though many doubted her, Britney Spears is officially back!
Apr. 8, 2011
‘Rolling Papers’ catchy, consistent
Wiz Khalifa has become a star. After his 2010 mixtape, “Kush & Orange Juice,” the buzz surrounding his name hit an all-time high. After signing his record deal with Atlantic, the hype continued to build in anticipation for his debut album “Rolling Papers.” With the success of the Pittsburgh Steelers this past season, Khalifa’s “Black & Yellow” took off and eventually topped the Billboard hit charts. If you haven’t heard this song by now you probably live under a rock, or you made a point to avoid listening to it.