Category Archives: Album Reviews

Arctic Monkeys, AM

For some reason I have never been able to get really hooked on the Arctic Monkeys. Sure, “From the Ritz to the Rubble,” is a staple in any iTunes collection…

The Weeknd, Kiss Land

With the release of Kiss Land, America got to see what one of the most innovative young voices in R&B had in store for his next move.The Weeknd (real name…

John Legend, Love in The Future

When John Legend came out with his fifth studio album Love in the Future, I asked myself “how many songs could one person possibly write about love?” With 20 tracks and…

John Mayer, Paradise Valley

Dear generic, lemming of a high school-aged top 40 fan, it isn’t often we have a sit down like this, so I understand if you’re about to feel really uncomfortable….

John’s Brown Shoes, Evergreen

On August 23rd, the Grand Rapids based band, John’s Brown Shoes, released their debut EP, Evergreen. After a first listen, I was impressed. Simply put, this doesn’t sound like a…

Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams

It’s a trend I can’t exactly find the source of—the un-ending pool of reverb, the pop-folk charm, the beards.  It seems there’s no shortage of groups that grab at these…

The Tallest Man on Earth, There’s No Leaving Now

“The Next Bob Dylan”: a title often bestowed but only half as much earned. Offered up to Neil Young and others, it’s a title that seems to suggest mostly potential rather…

The Civil Wars, The Civil Wars

Despite winning the Grammy for best country album in 2011—and rightfully so— with their debut work Barton Hollows, The Civil Wars received relatively little attention for their talent until they were…

Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest

Bareilles walks a fine and dangerous line in The Blessed Unrest between the pop sounds of Kelly Clarkson and heartfelt piano ballads of Regina Spektor, and all too often she ends…

Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail

When Jay-Z first announced his 12th solo album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, no one really knew what to expect. Would Hov follow in friend Kanye West’s tracks, creating an album…