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Blackpink Rosé’s debut EP ‘R’ is an underwhelming miss

Blackpink Rosé’s debut EP ‘R’ is an underwhelming miss

Annie Zhang March 14, 2021
Although artistically crafted, ‘R’ is generically forgettable and doesn’t present all of Rosé’s soloist potential
‘Kid Krow’: Conan Gray’s debut album surpasses expectations

‘Kid Krow’: Conan Gray’s debut album surpasses expectations

Lakshanyaa Ganesh March 31, 2020

onan Gray is an artist from a small town in Texas known for hit singles like “Maniac” and “Crush Culture,” often compared to the likes of singer-songwriter Lorde. Now, as someone who views Lorde...

Blackbear trumps his musical artistry with fifth studio album

Blackbear trumps his musical artistry with fifth studio album “ANONYMOUS”

Annie Zhang May 1, 2019

merging in the music industry in 2012, singer-songwriter, composer and producer Blackbear has graced alternative R&B enthusiasts with his heavy lyrical albums. Extolling the thrill of heartbreak, drug...

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The music never ends: Remembering SHINee member Jonghyun

Claire Yang February 2, 2018
The release of SHINee Jonghyun’s album after his passing
The grungy fashion of the album art, featuring lead singer Francheska Pastor, is hardly reflected in the music. Source: Warner Music Group.

Music: Bad Seed Rising’s ‘Charm City’ EP is not charming

Sarah Ramos May 20, 2014

Emerging rock group lacks edge and uniqueness. With a grungy cover and raunchy song titles such as “Timebomb” and “Wolves at the Door,” it initially appears that Warner Music Group’s new...

A$AP Rocky spins a broken record

A$AP Rocky spins a broken record

Morahd Shawki January 16, 2013

A$AP Rocky’s talent for rapping cannot be denied, pure and simple. His knack for changing his flow is still unmatched by the vast majority of modern rappers. He can break out and spit lyrics at blinding...

Aguilera’s fifth album has no clear musical angle. From sad ballads to country songs to electronic beats, it’s hard to tell what Aguilera’s style as a musical artist is anymore. Album art taken from RCA and Sony BMG Music Records.

MUSIC: ’Lotus’ wilts from start to finish

Margaret Lin November 16, 2012

Aguilera’s fifth album a chaotic, misguided flop Aguilera’s fifth album has no clear musical angle. From sad ballads to country songs to electronic beats, it’s hard to tell what Aguilera’s...

MUSIC: “Instinct” the embodiment of Swedish pop

MUSIC: “Instinct” the embodiment of Swedish pop

Yimeng Han August 10, 2012

When most people think of Swedish music, opinions might range from kooky to just plain weird. Obscure pop duo Niki and the Dove’s debut album, “Instinct,” does nothing to change this preconception. Confusingly...

Music: 'Undun' does the unthinkable

Music: ‘Undun’ does the unthinkable

Morahd Shawki December 11, 2011

  To most, the Roots are simply Jimmy Fallon’s house band on his talk show. However, The Roots have actually had a long-established and immensely respected hip-hop career and recently...

Music: A shift in direction for The Black Keys

Music: A shift in direction for The Black Keys

Morahd Shawki December 9, 2011

Fresh off of their tour promoting the 2010 album “Brothers,” The Black Keys has not left their fans waiting for new music. In October, the duo from Akron, Ohio announced “El Camino” would...

Rapper or rocker?

Rapper or rocker?

Karishma Mehrotra February 18, 2010

Lil Wayne's new album fails to rock The cover boldly states "Best rapper alive", but the new Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (also known as Lil Wayne) album "Rebirth", released on Feb....

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