September 24, 2013 |
*** (1/2) out of 4 Aubrey, Aubrey, Aubrey. What now? You've gone from "Degrassi" to Cash Money to stardom. "Nothing Was The Same" is a showcase of a man who has legit traveled the road from the screen to the stage to the ... well, still a stage. His mammoth smash, "Started From The Bottom" (and it's BS to say he didn't really come "from the bottom," like being a former child actor from a middle-class upbringing is an opulent lifestyle worthy of jealousy,) has brought us to this, his third-full length album. Drake has carved himself an interesting lane in the current music business...
September 23, 2013 |
He walks the line between pissed and passionate better than most. Let's compare some of Drake's angriest and sappiest lyrics, shall we? Angry Aubrey “I don't know why they been lying but your [bleep] is not that inspiring Bank account statements just look like I'm ready for early retirement” (“The Language”) “This is a gated community, please get the [bleep] off the property Rap must be changing cause I'm at the top and ain't no one on top of me N-words be wanting a verse for a verse, but man that's...
November 5, 2013 |
“Matangi” M.I.A. 3.5 out of 4 stars Do you remember the episode of the Flash cartoon “Homestar Runner” when the Cheat holds a lightswitch rave and Strong Bad yells at him? (If not, watch it immediately.) That's how I felt listening to M.I.A.'s “Matangi” in my cube at work. This is not a record for sitting still and being productive; this is a record for dancing . If you loved “Kala,” “Arular” and “Maya,” you'll be happy to know that M.I.A.
May 9, 2012 |
Annie Clark is, as a person, more polite than punk. “I tend to be kind of cerebral, I guess,” she explains. But the music she makes as St. Vincent - precise, ambitious rock full of airy vocal melodies and frenetic guitar parts - can be jarring, disruptive and often absolutely beautiful. As a result, her third album, “Strange Mercy,” contained some of last year's most forward-thinking rock. To figure out Clark's secret formula, RedEye called her up for a chat about moshing, music production and, um, “The Hunger Games.” Your music is getting more abrasive, louder.
September 16, 2013 |
Last night, Drake's new album "Nothing was the Same" leaked a week before it is supposed to be released. With it brings a deluge of thinkpieces and reactions of all shapes and sizes. This kind of thing isn't new, however. When big albums drop, just like during award shows and major sporting events, there's a need to want to share the experience with others on Twitter. I can speak from experience, as I spent far too much time tweeting the night "Take Care" and "MBDTF" leaked. Having been all of these people at one time, I'd like to...
July 23, 2013 |
Kate Middleton has given birth to a child. That child (hopefully) has 10 fingers, 10 toes, two eyes and will grow up to be healthy. That being said, I don't give a flying [bleep] about that baby and neither should you. The American obsession with the Royal Family is silly at best and escapist Prince Charming syndrome on steroids at worst. I would now like to suggest 10 things we should be discussing instead of this damn kid. 1. People at parties who open a beer only to take one or two sips and then set it...