Brendon Urie: “I’m thinking this next album has to be BIG. Instrumentals need to be expansive, very vast, and most importantly, powerful. You think you guys can do that? I really want this rock opera to go well.”
His band: (They don’t exist)
With a whopping two songs worth returning to, ELIO'S INFERNO is not good! It follows the autotuned vocal trend set by Charli XCX, but ELIO is not nearly as interesting as her more talented counterpart. With boring instrumentals, lackluster lyrics, and sleepy vocals, this mixtape drags along. That's about it, check out the couple tracks I liked below.
One word to summarize this mixtape: Burning
PERSONAL FAVS: new and improved, Godly Behavior
LEAST FAV: Read ... read more
I mean, yeah. But why? Let's dive into it. Mr. Sartorius is 19 years old, and when his critical darling of a debut single, "Sweatshirt," was released, he was 13. Six years later, Mr. Sartorius's voice sounds almost the same. He tackles the emo trap/pop punk genre on this EP, but his voice doesn't have the edge it needs to deliver his lyrics. The lyrics are really bad to begin with, but with a capable musician ... read more
"Happiness" is perhaps the most lush The 1975 have ever sounded, with a groovy beat and killer work by everyone in the band. Every part of this track sounds sharp, from the bass to the guitar to the vocals to the saxophone, everything is wonderful. The title of the track encapsulates the feeling of it perfectly, as there's no sadness tainting the track. "Happiness" is reminiscent of "If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)," and that's the biggest ... read more
Despite that, it's the most wonderful melancholy feeling you'll ever have, so soak it in.
Embrace the feeling, rejoice in it.
Rest in peace.
While I don't think this is a true summer banger, New To You really is a great song. Calvin Harris stepped it up on this one with his production and instrumental work with lush string work and a funky bass line. Normani and Tinashe fit the overall vibe of the song, and even though Offset sounds a bit out of place, it doesn't ruin the song.
After disliking Homework, I was anticipating my listen of Discovery. It has a reputation of being the best Daft Punk album and I was eager to dive in. It's safe to say that it is much better than its predecessor. Discovery feels like it's decades more modern than Homework, despite there only being four years between the two albums. This is where Daft Punk came into their own, utilizing more synths and incorporating vocals into their work. Guest vocals from ... read more
The only Daft Punk album I've listened to is Random Access Memories, and I loved it. The blend of pop and electronic elements is perfect, and it's one of my favorite albums from the 2010s. To preface the rest of this review, I have to state I don't really listen to older music at all. I've never even touched music made by the Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, etc. Music from older eras is not my thing. Homework ... read more
Letter Blue isn't experimental, it's not complicated, and there's not any sophisticated lyrical content to chew on. The album is content with being itself, a 36-minute trip through the minds of the trio known as Wet. Guided by the soothing voice of Kelly Zutrau, Letter Blue is a laid-back album about heartbreak and accepting that sometimes you can't change someone's mind to align with yours. The LP can be best described as electronic R&B ... read more
Wasteland is my first foray into Brent Faiyaz's music, and it was a great introduction. The 64 minute runtime was a little daunting, sure, but I was up to the task. I'm glad I was. Primarily R&B, Wasteland is a lush, varied project that deals with Faiyaz struggling to deal with present and past relationships and the regrets that come with them. Faiyaz sees himself as the bad guy from the ... read more