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Accuracy • Independence • Integrity

May 23, 2018   |   Ithaca, NY

Review: J. Cole crafts a killer cultural critique

By | Apr 30, 2018

While his message is admirable, his corny lyrics turn a powerful song into something that belongs in an after-school special.

Review: Atmospheric visions abound in “Vide Noir”

By | Apr 29, 2018

Lord Huron, an indie-folk dynamo of Midwestern mysticism and lakeside loneliness, returns with an updated sound and an eye toward the stars.

Review: Singles for the week of 4/27

By | Apr 27, 2018

 
“Ball For Me”
Post Malone, Nicki Minaj
Released April 26
Republic Records
Post Malone masterfully constructs a dynamic rhythm out of morphing, gooey synth effects and structured beats.

Review: Briggs’ vocals weakened by ineffective instrumentals

By | Apr 24, 2018

Though Briggs is able to impress with her vocal prowess, “Church of Scars,” though long anticipated, leaves a hollow feeling of unfulfilled expectations.

Review: Alt-rock band puts electropop spin on ‘America’

By | Apr 21, 2018

“America” is ambitious and feels like a natural addition to Thirty Second to Mars’ ever-changing catalog.

Review: Singles for the week of 4/20

By | Apr 20, 2018

 
“No Tears Left to Cry”
Ariana Grande
Released April 19
Republic Records
Ariana Grande uses her signature belting vocals as accents, focusing instead on rattling drums and a synth that sounds directly inspired by old-school Madonna.

Review: ‘Invasion of Privacy’ pops with fierce, funny flow

By | Apr 16, 2018

“Invasion of Privacy” is funny, fierce, loud-mouthed and in-your-face.

Review: Singles for the week of 4/13

By | Apr 13, 2018

 
“Pynk”
Janelle Monáe, Grimes
Released April 10
Bad Boy Records LLC
A staccato, sugary voice voicing heavily suggestive lyrics is a winning contrast.

Review: Singles for the week of 4/6

By | Apr 7, 2018

“Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide)”
 
Bear Hands
Released April 5
Spensive Sounds
’80s synth and fuzzy vocals are a surefire combination, but Bear Hands relies too heavily on them to carry the song.

Review: Hayley Kiyoko exceeds expectations

By | Apr 3, 2018

Kiyoko walks the line between carefree dance-pop and passionate ballads, using her vocal ability to keep each genre sounding genuine and mature.

Review: Singles for the week of 3/30

By | Mar 30, 2018

 
“Be Careful”
Cardi B
Released March 30
Atlantic Recording Corporation
Cardi B’s singing in the chorus is weak and suffers from the lack of a pounding bass, but her verses are poppy and sharply delivered.

Review: White’s record stifled by unstructured noise

By | Mar 28, 2018

In his attempt to break past stifling limits, White has also thrown out any semblance of structure.