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Fall In Review

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Fall is officially here and below I’ve reviewed the albums you need to pick up today. Whether for the weekend road trip, a night on the town with friends, or just for simple listening pleasure, here are four Fall albums worth checking out. BY LAURA ANDERSON

John Legend – Love in the Future

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John Legend is back after a five-year break since his last album. Love in the Future touches on love, life, and relationships. “The Beginning” sets the tone for the rest of the album; it’s a breezy, piano-centric R&B song. Kanye West had a hand in Legend’s latest production and listeners will certainly pick up on Kanye’s influence. This album is tailor-made for all those hopeless romantics out there.

Check out:  “The Beginning,” “Who Do We Think We Are,” “Made to Love”

Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

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Earl’s first full release since his 2010 mixtape doesn’t disappoint. Earl proves himself one to watch out for, dropping his gore/shock tactics for a more mature outlook examining life struggles and growing up. Dark, murky beats are the backdrop for Earl’s lyrical palette. The album has no shortage of guests; Pharrell lends a hand on “Burgundy,” Wu Tang’s RZA on “Molasses,” and there are a few more including Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, and Mac Miller.

Check out: “Burgundy,” “Hive,”“Chum”

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty

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Chelsea Wolfe’s latest album, Pain is Beauty, blends a melody of goth, rock, psych, folk, punk, and 90’s noise to create a beautiful and seamless album. The opening track, “Feral Love,” builds slowly and continues throughout the first few tracks. “The Waves Have Come” is a chilling tune about love lost and destroyed by a natural disaster (inspired by the 2011 Japanese tsunami). Wolfe’s dreamy, hazy vocals are both haunting and beautiful, and Pain is Beauty takes listeners on an almost supernatural adventure.

Check out: “The Waves Have Come,” “Destruction Makes The World Burn Brighter,” “We Hit A Wall”

Arctic Monkeys – AM

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The fifth album from Arctic Monkey’s is a wild ride exploring themes of sex, love, loneliness, and frustration. The band mixes 70’s hard rock with classic hip-hop sounds, creating a hip-shaking, head-banging masterpiece. Lyrically, frontman Alex Turner takes a cue from John Lennon, painting vivid images for the listener. Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme also contributed to this album, guesting on “One for the Road” and “Knee Socks.”

Check out: “Arabella,” “One For the Road,” “Fireside”

Feature image courtesy of Flickr via user Valentin Ottone
All album work is public domain

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The Power of Entertainment: B.E.T. Awards

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bet-awards-2013If you’ve never witnessed the excitement of music, movies, television shows and fashion statements all at once, then you’ve probably never tuned in to the network, BET. Each year BET celebrates its success by having award shows. The show that “Anything can happen”, according to this year’s host, Chris Tucker. The 2013 BET awards was memorable because of its talented guests and performers in the entertainment industry.

I’ve been anticipating the exciting event all summer when it finally aired on Sunday June 30th. I was anxious to see what some of my favorite celebrities were wearing, who looked “Hot or Not”, and the most memorable performances. The most important event of the show consist of entertainers earning awards. Some of the categories included “Best new artist, best collaboration, best video, viewers choice”, and much more.

One of my favorite performances was by R&B legend R Kelly. His music has been around for generations and his talent has impacted new artists of the future. When he performed, his name was a trending topic on twitter, meaning millions of people were mentioning him in their tweets. He performed some of his most classic hits and the crowd went wild! Most of the guests in the audiences were singing along word for word.

Singer Chris Brown had a great opening performance and his dances were full of energy. He has always been a great performer and known for his talented skills. The BET awards gets better and better each year because there is always going to be something new for us to see. These performers plan and practice all year around, knowing that the performances are a huge deal to the guests and viewers at home watching.

The exciting genres of music such as hip hop, R&B, jazz, pop and reggae are celebrated with memorable performances. I am always thrilled to see will happen on next year’s show!

Epic: A Family Classic

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Recently, I saw the film Epic. I knew before sitting down that I would be watching a new take on old ideas. From the trailers, I thought the film would be like Arthur and The Invisibles, or FernGully: The Last Rainforest. In a way, it was. It dealt with a human being turned into a smaller size to help save nature from an evil force. With that said, I was shocked at how grown up the story was.

Epic has a bunch of characters that felt human and showed a side of strength that never gets played much in animated films. In the face of death, there is hope and the importance of moving forward. Many of the key characters show that while losing someone is painful, life is beautiful and worth fighting for. There is no whining or complaining about how life is unfair. There is just understanding that sometimes, life takes the ones you love from you. The only thing you can do is work to be the best you and to create the best future in the name of those you have lost. In time, new life comes into the world, and though it can not replace what was lost, it shows why we dare to care in the first place. The message of the film is simple and not overly stated. It is quite and beautiful, just like nature.

The film’s touching story telling is matched perfectly with the imagery. There was one moment in the film that I felt as I were in a real forest. It is not easy to create moments that tell volumes without anything being said, but this film was able to create such a thing. Epic is a movie that should be owned in every family and should be seen in theaters while you still can.