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Indie artist debuts relatable album

Indie artist debuts relatable album

Hannah Maes, Arts and Rec editor

March 2, 2017

David Jacobsen is an independent solo artist and singer/songwriter whose music in his new album, Chagrin, focuses on both personal and general issues that affect all of us. He uses his personal experiences as an artist and musician to portray universal struggles, like loneliness, the longing to feel r...

Royal Reviews: Album Review ‘Honeymoon’ Lana Del Ray

October 7, 2015

Review by Logan Peaslee Lana Del Rey has released her third album, “Honeymoon,” and proven that the third time’s not always the charm. “Honeymoon” can be summed up in one word—boring. The first and title track “Honeymoon” is the epitome of the album’s overall sound; it is listless,...

Royal Reviews: Album Review ‘Love Somebody’ by Reba McEntire

April 30, 2015

  Fresh from the hype of the Academy of Country Music Awards that aired last Sunday night, I was in search of some new country music I heard in the show. To my delight, I found an album recorded by a legend. I noticed online that Reba McEntire got an award for winning the most female vocalist...

Royal Reviews: Album Review Kendrick Lamar ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

April 8, 2015

  I was getting pretty sick of the hip-hop scene as of late. There’s just so many mediocre artists like Kanye “Yeezus” West whose relationship with Kim K. stirs up more excitement than his inept rambling that somehow passes as music. Wiz Khalifa’s too stoned to even know what he’s rapping...

Royal Reviews: album review ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ by Fall Out Boy

Review by
Mackenzie Banasik
Staff Writer

February 4, 2015

Fall Out Boy’s new album, “American Beauty/American Psycho,” released Jan. 20, no doubt marks a change in Fall Out Boy’s career, as the overall sound is more pop-oriented than their previous releases. The album features two already wildly popular tracks that will draw listeners into the rest...

Royal Reviews: Album Review ‘Uptown Special’

January 21, 2015

  Mark Ronson’s new album “Uptown Special,” released Jan. 12, features Ronson’s vocals along with many other artists including Stevie Wonder, Andrew Wyatt, Kevin Parker, Mystikal, Bruno Mars and Jeff Bhasker. Many elements of James Brown and Michael Jackson can be heard if one listens...

Album Review: ‘1989’ by Taylor Swift

November 6, 2014

  One great fact about Taylor Swift is she relishes the opportunity to make creative album titles; this time, the title 1989 celebrates her birth year. The 13-track album is inspired by music of the 1980s. Personally, it is awesome that she decided to make an all-pop album since I believe that...

Album Review: ‘Ryan Adams’ by Ryan Adams

October 2, 2014

  The voice-adjusted cry of Ryan Adam’s voice echoes over the first track of his new, self-titled album. “Give me something good, give me something good,” the artist sings. I don’t know if Adams meant it, but the artist has certainly given us listeners “something good.” If y...

Album Review: “Xscape” by Michael Jackson

September 3, 2014

  When I found out via Facebook that my all-time favorite artist Michael Jackson was about to release a new posthumous album titled “Xscape,” I practically flew off my seat with excitement. I ended up pre-ordering both the standard and deluxe versions on iTunes without any hesitation. The...

Album Review: “Demolicious” by Green Day

May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014   A 2014 Record Story Day exclusive, Green Day’s “Demolicious,” is a compilation of demos and unreleased tracks from the 2012 “¡Uno!,” “¡Dos!” “¡Tré!” trilogy. Not to sound like the proverbial music snob, but I’ve always liked Green Day’s earlier work,...

Album Review: “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon”

April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014 The hype surrounding Kid Cudi’s “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon” was pretty insane. Leading up to the album’s release, it was billed as a combination of all his sounds, from his biggest mixtape “A Kid Named Cudi” all the way up to his latest album “Indicud.” In m...

Album Review: ‘High Hopes’ by Bruce Springsteen

Review by Lauren Piek
Staff Writer

February 26, 2014

  Bruce Springsteen brings us his 18th studio album with “High Hopes,” a collection of covers, outtakes and revisited works. With a career spanning over five decades, Springsteen’s constant musical evolution is present once again in his newest album. Guitarist Tom Morello — of Rage...

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