Third Law ALBUM REVIEW

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Why do the monoliths hold such power? They apparently propelled evolution onto the right course that landed us here. They invoke a response that usually pushes its observer closer. They’re seen floating around space, evidently aimlessly, and they’ve been spotted standing upright on surfaces of barren landscapes. They hold a lot of significance, probably more than could be guessed. But what do they represent, and what put them where they’re found? Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey certainly doesn’t provide many answers, but it does give enough visual stimulation to point us into some kind of direction. And it’s that slight nudge onto the course for answers that gives the film momentum, amplifying it further, far beyond the exceptional display of colors and effects that it is. Continue reading “Third Law ALBUM REVIEW”

Malibu ALBUM REVIEW

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Time plays an interesting role in the career of Anderson .Paak, born Brandon Paak Anderson. While musically active for six years, the word-of-mouth Paak received after having a monumental 2015 seemed to skyrocket him to a level only a few could aspire to reach. Appearing not only on the big name projects such as Dr. Dre’s blockbuster Compton and The Game’s sequel to a sequel to a West Coast classic, The Documentary 2.5, Anderson Paak worked with underground legends such as Blu, Busdriver, and Madlib. He was even featured on fellow up-and-comer Goldlink’s debut LP. And now in 2016, less than two years after his debut Venice, Paak has capitalized on the hype surrounding him with Malibu, a record that is as fully realized as the precocious artist behind it could be after honing in on his talents during a productive year. Continue reading “Malibu ALBUM REVIEW”

Emotional Mugger ALBUM REVIEW

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Ty Segall is a man often applauded for his ability to transform his ostentatious rock sound. And for fans of Segall with a keen ear for subtleties, they’re right. Over the course of his now ten-album discography, he’s dabbled in garage, acoustic, folk, punk, and psychedelic rock. With Emotional Mugger, he ramps up the intensity and distortion of his garage rock aesthetics and drowns himself in gritty reverb. But the biggest question Segall needed to answer with this release that bookends a long line of sonically similar releases is, “Is it different enough?” Continue reading “Emotional Mugger ALBUM REVIEW”

Blackstar ALBUM REVIEW

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There’s a man sitting alone in a dimly lit corner of a room, left barren by his own sense of self-satisfaction. He momentarily feels life’s peaks, yet his comedowns are marked by nothing but loathsome regret. His possessions dwindle as the days go on. His highs get lower with every journey, but the need to go on the journey grows more inescapable. As he drives the stake into his arm for the umpteenth time, the dirty room fades around him. The walls dissipate and the empty blackness of the void surrounds him. The glow of the stars comfortingly blinds him as the burden of his own weight is lifted away. The airy guitar and drums tiptoe into his void, accompanying his emptiness with momentum and force. Horns creep into his world, pulsating every returning rush that washes over his body in a wave of euphoria. The horns grow more sporadic, the drums less stable. The high is ending, the journey nearly over. The man prepares his next dose, ready to return to the stars as Major Tom. Continue reading “Blackstar ALBUM REVIEW”