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Robyn: ‘Honey’ Album Review

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Honey leads you back down the lifecycle of every major relationship end you’ve ever had. It’s undeniable in its relatability. If you’ve ever detached from a partner, found yourself thrust into a world of uncertain self-discovery, felt shame and failure, then this album will ring true. It will also make you proud of the scars ...

‘War & Leisure’ Album Review: The State of Miguel

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War & Leisure marks Miguel’s fourth album, two years after his critically acclaimed Wildheart. Upon news of an upcoming release, I expected nothing but consistency and something that will always be great to listen to. For some Miguel fans, Wildheart was too ‘classic’ but a departure from the Miguel they knew. For others, it showed his capabilities in reaching the artists influencing Miguel’s artistry. War & Leisure is an interesting title, but with changes regarding its initial single line-up, and hoping to speak more on the state of us and beyond, Miguel marks this piece a balance between the two spaces.

‘Divide’ Shows A New Side Of Ed Sheeran

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The much-anticipated album, Divide by Ed Sheeran, was finally released on March 3, 2017. Divide broke a Spotify record with a crazy number of streams within the first 24 hours. With 12 creatively different songs, Sheeran came back strong with this album. The singer-songwriter just recently announced his north American tour with this album that will start out in Kansas City on June 29, 2017.

The Flaming Lips Release Oczy Mlody

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Veering slightly away from their typical rock style, The Flaming Lips have released their 14th studio album which features a psychedelic, space-rock vibe. The album, titled “Oczy Mlody,” is a mellow, almost hypnotic experience. The band describes it as a hallucinatory feeling, almost dream-like. The album is a mix of blissfulness and self-awareness. Here are a few of the best moments from the album.

Dawn Richard’s “Redemption”

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If you haven’t heard of Dawn Richard, now is the perfect time to listen. Richard first became known to the world as a contestant on MTV’s “Making the Band” where Sean “P. Diddy” Combs was searching to create the world’s next big girl group. He succeeded in creating Danity Kane, where Richard shined as one of the lead vocalists. After two very successful albums, the group disbanded, but Dawn was able to find a home with her old boss, becoming one-third of the group Dirty Money along with Diddy and singer-songwriter Kalenna Harper. While the trio had success, it was never meant to be a long-term thing.

Now Playing: ‘Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight’

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Don’t let the title fool you. This is not an R&B album by Brian McKnight. Instead, it’s a look into the mind of one of hip-hop’s leading new artists: Travis Scott. His sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, is Scott’s take on letting your creativity flow and just being able to create without constraints. Travis Scott is pretty lucky to do so himself. He’s signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music as a producer and T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records as an artist. He’s produced and written songs with everyone from Rihanna to Jay-Z, but it is through his own music that he shines most.

What We Think About Usher’s New Album, ‘Hard II Love’

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It’s been four years since Usher’s last album, and the R&B genre seems to be facing an identity crisis. Think of classic R&B and you think of love songs and sad songs influenced by soul and jazz music. But today’s R&B is mostly influenced by hip-hop and the occasional EDM beat. Usher has walked both of these roads with much success and the 37-year-old singer just released his eighth studio album, Hard II Love. At his Tidal listening session he said, “I really did cater this album to men, specifically men who don’t think love is cool to do.”

‘We’re All Gonna Die’ Brings Out A New Dawes

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Dawes is a band known for their folk-rock sound. The California band’s sound usually consists of a more banjo-focused, laid back vibe. However, the group has completely veered away from their traditional sound with their new album, We’re All Gonna Die. The band’s fifth album takes a stylistic detour, instead boasting a more R&B type sound with storytelling lyrics. This newly found upbeat, funky sound is taking Dawes in an exciting and new direction.

What We Think of Zayn’s Debut Album “Mind of Mine”

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As a diehard One Direction fan, I took Zayn’s departure incredibly hard to handle last year, and exactly a year after shattering my heart into a million pieces, Zayn released his debut solo album, Mind of Mine. I, naturally, have some thoughts on this. First, let’s talk about the design. Normally, this wouldn’t matter, but I have a lot of feelings. Why the fake tattoos on baby Zayn? It looks weird. Also, let’s talk about how awful the font design is. I don’t want to see the letters switching between upper and lowercase in the song title. It looks like an angsty teen (who also struggles desperately to spell) typed it up. It’s not a cool look, Zayn. And super frustrating to look at.

Album Review: Lana Del Rey ‘Honeymoon’

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Despite all of Lana Del Rey’s often sighted character flaws, the biggest problem with her 2014 release of Ultraviolence had nothing to do with her problematic lyrics and whiny angst-ridden teen attitude — the album was just boring. That problem persists on her newest 2015 effort Honeymoon to an even greater degree. It’s hard to ...

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