Alt-J released their I would say highly anticipated album a few weeks ago. The follow up to their amazing album “An Awesome Wave”, it’s quite a bit different from the first album. It is a lot slower and mellower than the first one. It is a great album, Its not terrible or bad or even just good. I think it was a great follow up to their first album. You don’t want to keep doing the same thing over and over again, so it’s good to mix it up. The album as a whole is great all around from the lyrics to the instrument to the all around sound. Not only are the singles great, but also so are all the rest of the tracks. My favorites are Every Other Freckle, Bloodflood pt. II, and Warm Foothills.
Every Other Freckle has a great beginning sound and flows really well into the rest of the song. I love the lyrics they are catchy and fun. The instrumentals are simply great in this song as well; really glad they picked this as a single.
Bloodflood pt. II is a follow up to one of my favorite songs off the first album. It’s an enjoyable second part it’s smooth, and soft just like the first one. It doesn’t fail to live up to the first one; it gets you relaxed and calm. I love the addition of the piano into the song as well.
Warm Foothills is a soft song too, I enjoy the trade off in vocals on this track. It’s relaxing and is pleasing to the ears; it has a nice beat to it and is just kind of got a happy almost blissful feel to it.
I am happy with this type of music added to the album and okay with it.
Alt-J is on the right track with their albums, this album to say the least is amazing. If not amazing, it’s a great sophomore album. Not a chance at a sophomore slump here, everything here is great growth from their first album. A lot of comments are being said that they are the Radiohead of this generation. They got a few albums to go before they get there but I do not see why they can’t be after hearing this album. This album is a must buy, its honestly that good.
Jhene Aiko released her new album Souled Out. It’s a good album the production and lyrics on it are great. The only thing I do not like is that it feels so repetitive; every song seems similar that the whole album feels like one giant song. The lack of collaborations from other artist would really help out, and make it not feel so repetitive. I love her angelic voice, and her atmospheric beats as well though. Her voice and beats is the only thing that keeps me listening to this album, its just so pleasing to the ear. Eternal Sunshine, Pretty Bird (Freestyle), and Promises.
Eternal Sunshine is an atmospheric song where it’s very lighthearted. I imagine it being in a Disney movie where the sun is setting on a town or in a field somewhere. It is here where I can feel her bringing a positive and happy vibe to the song and ending to the album. This is towards the end of the album, where it belongs because it fits perfectly.
Pretty Bird (Freestyle) is the last song on the album with its one of two features. Common comes in on the last verse with a great verse where he states in a spoken word format “I’ve seen the strongest of them be torn from men. Ripped apart and get put back together. Them the ones with the most beautiful feathers.” I thought this song was a great little ending part where Jhene Aiko just wants you to get the message, to just hold on. Hang in there pain is only temporary.
Promises is also towards the end, it features Jhene’s daughter in it. Its a pretty cute track, the beginning has her daughter and I think its her brother singing. In the track she discusses her suicidal thoughts from losing her brother to cancer. It also has her singing about her having to be an artist and a mother at the same time. Leaving her daughter to go on the road is a hard task. Her daughter and her sing on the chorus together and adds a great element to the track.
The album is a good album, not great. Not great only because its so repetitive, I had to search for the songs I liked for five minutes before I figured out which song was which cause they all sound similar. If you notice most of the songs I chose where from the end, that’s when the album starts for me to differ from the beginning. Jhene still offered amazing lyrics and amazing production on this album. It just needed a few more collaborations or something to make it less repetitive. Other than that its a good album not a must have but a good listen for cruising or relaxing.
At last Lee brice released his new sophomore album I Don’t Dance. This is probably the first country album I was extremely eager to get released, and when I saw it pop up on the new release page on spotify I was more than excited to listen it. I quickly made a playlist of the album and shut down spotify while my class began to start this morning. As soon as my day was over at school I hopped in my car and cranked the album up and started driving. It didn’t disappoint I’ll tell you that, Lee brice was able to give every kind of fan of his what they wanted to hear. With ballads, and auto tune, and even pop country all packed into one album. It’s hard for me to pick only three songs on here that I like, but my favorite three is I Don’t Dance, Sirens, and Girls In Bikinis.
I Don’t Dance the title track and the first single is my favorite. It has a nice beat to begin with and the lyrics are simple and catchy. The song its self he wrote for his first dance with his wife on their wedding day. It wasn’t even supposed to be on his new album, and I think that’s pretty neat that he added it.
Sirens is a slow song that begins with Lee brice whispering the lyrics and then picks up and tells a story of a Woman hitchhiker who’s on the run from the law. It captures you once it starts to pick up, it has wanting to know more and more. Once the chorus comes in though you will for sure be singing alongside the lee Brice with that catchy chorus.
Girls in Bikinis is a pop country song for sure, it has nice loops on it. When it first came out I had mixed feelings about it, and wasn’t sure if I liked it at all. But I kept playing it on one of my other playlists and it finally grew on me. Its catchy as well I sometimes catch myself singing it at work, while I’m stocking shelves or pushing carts.
Lee Brice did a good job on his sophomore album; it has a little bit of everything that country music today has to offer. Its a good country album for any country lover, there are a lot of good songs on here and maybe one or two that I could skip on. I might actually have to go out and buy the physical copy, just cause I would like to have it in my car so if I have low battery on my iPhone I can fall back onto that awesome CD. It’s definitely worth the listen all the way through, even a repeat album. You don’t HAVE to buy it but I recommend it or at least get it on Spotify.
Ariana Grande released her sophomore album last week, its full of poppy hits and bangers and collection rappers. Mind you I only listened to I believe one song off her first album. All though ever since I heard The Way featuring Mac Miller, I was impressed and hooked. This is far from a sophomore slump; it leads you away from the nickelodeon star she used to be to being a pop superstar. This isn’t the girl from Victorious and she proves it with out any twerking needed. The album as a whole is good. Not perfect but its good, but I still enjoy it quite a bit. My favorite songs are Love Me Harder featuring: The Weeknd, Break Your Heart Right Back featuring: Childish Gambino, and Break Free featuring: Zedd.
Love Me Harder featuring: The Weeknd is one of those songs that had me saying “whoa”. The Weeknd’s voice and Ariana Grande’s are perfect together on this track. I also am a big Weeknd fan so that also could be a contributing factor as well. It’s catchy and can easily get stuck in your head.
Break Your Heart Right Back featuring: Childish Gambino has a decent beat on it. Its the sample from Diana Ross’s “I’m coming out” that catches your ear at first, it adds more to the chorus than just Ari singing on it. Gambino adds a punch line filled verse that is perfect alongside the beat, its nice to see Gambino on more songs.
Break Free featuring: Zedd is good track that could almost be thrown onto a Zedd album instead of Ari’s album. It to me at least, sticks out like a sore thumb; just cause the beat is different than most of the songs on the album.
Her sophomore album reached number 1 on the billboard charts this year. This will be her second album this year to reach number 1! Talk about avoiding that sophomore slump, she jumped right over that. The album is great where its not so immature like her first album, I feel like she showed she matured on this album quite a bit. Its a good pop album not a must buy album though, if you like pop music you will enjoy this album.
here is the album on spotify! Go buy it!!!! SUPPORT ARTIST!