Music

Little Mix exits Syco with ‘LM5’

So this is the fourth Little Mix album I’ve covered on this channel, and by now I think you all know the beats I’ve hit. Yes, the girls can harmonize their asses off and the writing is often punching above their weight class, but the group’s pivots towards pop in recent years have been handicapped […]

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Muse pivots into a mess of undercooked ideas with ‘Simulation Theory’

Honest question: when Muse rolled out their plan to make a 80s-inspired synth-driven pop rock album, did anybody think it was a good idea? Well okay, in principle it wasn’t the worst idea – I’d prefer Muse do this than try to make reggae or hip-hop or bluegrass – but I’ve seen this sort of […]

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Dive deep into ‘Delta,’ the worst yet from Mumford & Sons

Review by Mark Grondin (Feat. ARTV’s Jon Compton) Join the Patreon

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CupcakKe delivers her second album of the year, ‘Eden’

So look, I’ve softened a bit on my opinion that artists might want to avoid dropping multiple albums in a year – between Eric Taxxon and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, some acts have proven to be prolific and refined enough to pull it off, and in the era where buzz can evaporate incredibly […]

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Jon Bellion’s ‘Glory Sound Prep’ is consistent yet stilted & awkward

I think I wound up alienating a lot of people the last time I reviewed Jon Bellion. Now to be fair, some of this was intentional: I knew the thesis ‘Owl City trying to be Kanye West’ would be controversial as I dug through the tangled mess of genres that comprised The Human Condition, but […]

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‘Interstate Gospel’ is Pistol Annies’ big bang on country’s door

It’s hard not to consider albums by the Pistol Annies as minor miracles. And if that sounds condescending or disparaging to the talents of the three women in this group, it absolutely isn’t intended that way – more to highlight that supergroup projects of any stripe rarely work or balance themselves out well, much less […]

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Vince Staples delivers his most focused, catchy album to date with ‘FM!’

You know, at this point I think a lot of folks have just given up predicting where Vince Staples is going next. Hell, that came up when I reviewed his last album Big Fish Theory where instead of following off the minimalist west-coast knock of Summertime 06, he yanked everything to the left with some […]

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Foxing delivers a genre-breaking statement with ‘Nearer My God’

So over the past few months I think some folks have gotten the impression that I’ve been more harsh or negative than usual – and while it’s true that I’ve found less albums that I’d say are easy fits for the best of 2018, let’s flip the script a little bit and talk about a […]

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Julia Holter delivers a massive double album, ‘Aviary’

It feels like it’s been longer since the last Julia Holter album than just three years. And I know that sounds a bit strange, given that I don’t really talk about her much – I discovered her discography late in 2015 before giving her album Have You In My Wilderness a slot on my year-end […]

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Robyn makes her comeback to synthpop with ‘Honey’

Even before I knew I was a fan of pop music – hell, before I even had firm context surrounding what pop music was – I was a fan of Robyn. And yes, I know that’s a bizarre thing for me to say, especially coming from someone not from Europe and who only got passing […]

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