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@applemusic/Instagram | Lana Del Rey's matures on "Norman F-----g Rockwell!" and releases her best album yet while maintaining her now iconic persona

Lana Del Rey Reimagines Herself on ‘Norman F—–g Rockwell!’

★★★★★ Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album “Norman F—–g Rockwell!” marks a watershed in the singer’s career and image. Featuring her typical dreamy, psychedelic sound and sharp yet escapist lyrics, Del Rey innovates her style and overall persona by revamping the subject matter of her songs. The record still latches[Read More…]

EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ Offers Novel Take on Atlanta Hip-Hop

EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ Offers Novel Take on Atlanta Hip-Hop

★★★★☆ Atlanta hip-hop duo EARTHGANG fortifies its standing among rap’s most promising newcomers on its first major label debut, “Mirrorland,” with fun, bouncy bars over eclectic production with roots in funk music. EARTHGANG, composed of rappers Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, has been recording and releasing music on and off[Read More…]

@THEREALKANO/INSTAGRAM | Kano's first album in three years, "Hoodies All Summer" encapsulates the frustration and intensity that launched grime music from U.K. neighborhoods to worldwide renown.

Kano Reinterprets Grime Genre on ‘Hoodies All Summer’

★★★☆☆ “Hoodies All Summer” by London grime artist Kano is unified by its sparse, unconventional production and thoughtful lyricism. Instead of danceable rhythms and blustery lyrics, the grime legend employs spoken word-style sermons that sprawl across uneven percussion.  Kano’s depictions of British street life and his critique of violence and[Read More…]

by September 5, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
@BRCKHMPTN/TWITTER | The rap collective finally reflect on and confront the ousting of Ameer Vann, but the album begins to repeat itself as it continues on.

BROCKHAMPTON Addresses Controversy on ‘GINGER’

★★★★☆ BROCKHAMPTON continues to wrestle with the sudden ousting of member Ameer Vann on “GINGER,” their most deeply personal and intimate album yet. Boyband and rap collective BROCKHAMPTON burst onto the alternative pop-rap scene in 2017 with their critically acclaimed “SATURATION” trilogy, but the years since have been mired in[Read More…]

WHEREARETHEAVOCADOS INSTAGRAM | Billie Eilish carves her own path when it comes to every step in the creative process.

Billie Eilish Reshapes Pop Stardom on Debut Album

Billie Eilish’s debut album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” solidifies her up-and-coming status as a pop superstar. The long-awaited album follows Eilish’s intermittent releases of her 2017 debut EP, “dont smile at me,” and a series of singles. The release garnered much intrigue, with both fans[Read More…]

by April 17, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
MAGGIE ROGERS FACEBOOK | While Maggie Rogers showcases impressive vocals on her new album, the overall work falls short because of overproduction and lacking lyrics that do not quite capture the charm of the single that first gave her viral fame, “Alaska.” The single’s feature on the album is a moment of reprieve from otherwise heavily doctored tracks.

Maggie Rogers Soars Too Close to Sun in New Album

★★★½ Maggie Rogers of Easton, Md., is ready to establish herself in the music industry with her new album, “Heard It in a Past Life.” The album marks the artist’s first full-length album after she shot to viral fame in 2016. Rogers’ indie-darling voice is at the forefront of the[Read More…]

by February 1, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
Dodie Facebook | Anyone who doubts that YouTubers can be talented musicians needs to listen to dodie’s latest EP, “Human.” Over the course of seven tracks, the British musician weaves a captivating tale about the challenges of love and fame and creating content for public consumption. As her third EP, “Human” movingly demonstrates dodie’s growth as an artist.

YouTube Star dodie Releases Hauntingly Beautiful EP ‘Human’

★★★★☆ Guilt, loss, frustration, oh my! Rather than maintaining a facade of perfection, British singer-songwriter dodie, formally known as Dorothy Clark, embraces vulnerability in her third EP, “Human.” Though dodie’s previous EPs, “Intertwined” and “You,” have also addressed issues of fame, sexuality and mental health, “Human” reaches a level of[Read More…]

by January 24, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
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Anderson .Paak’s ‘Oxnard’ Delivers Strong Singles but Lacks Cohesion

★★★★☆ Anderson .Paak’s latest album, “Oxnard,” is the musical equivalent of an HBO television series: It’s beautifully produced, overloaded with the best talent out there and the last thing you want to put on at a family function. The rap album is also cinematic, as the songs are interwoven with[Read More…]

by January 22, 2019 0 comments Music, The Guide
‘MUDBOY’ Proves Sheck Wes Is More Than a One-Hit Wonder

‘MUDBOY’ Proves Sheck Wes Is More Than a One-Hit Wonder

After the soaring success of his track “Mo Bamba,” rapper Sheck Wes manages to create an impressively produced and eclectic trap album with his debut “Mudboy,” cementing his place as a rapper to keep watching despite the lyrical shortcomings. Harlem-based Wes quietly posted his breakout track “Mo Bamba,” named after[Read More…]

by October 16, 2018 0 comments The Guide
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‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ Puts 6LACK’s Emotional Side on Display, But Pushes No Boundaries

★★★☆☆ Atlanta-based singer 6LACK, birth name Ricardo Valentine, burst onto the alternative R&B scene in 2016 with platinum-selling singles “PRBLMS” and “Ex Calling,” leading up to his debut album “Free 6LACK.” Accused by fans and critics like Anthony Fantano of being an industry plant capitalizing on the popularity of alternative[Read More…]