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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve MadeMacklemore & Ryan Lewis
This Unruly Mess I’ve Made
(self-released)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

Three years later, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis return with their latest album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. Totally incomparable to the groundbreaking, Grammy award-winning record The Heist, which unleashed their independent fame and brought us such jaw-dropping singles as “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” It’s still hard for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to completely assimilate into the hip hop community. Ironically enough, the title “Light Tunnels” explains it all through Macklemore’s eyes; he can finally understand the heightened fame. It’s a heartfelt song with shout-outs to his two most important ladies: ...

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve MadeMacklemore & Ryan Lewis
This Unruly Mess I’ve Made
(self-released)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

Three years later, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis return with their latest album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. Totally incomparable to the groundbreaking, Grammy award-winning record The Heist, which unleashed their independent fame and brought us such jaw-dropping singles as “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” It’s still hard for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to completely assimilate into the hip hop community. Ironically enough, the title “Light Tunnels” explains it all through Macklemore’s eyes; he can finally understand the heightened fame. It’s a heartfelt song with shout-outs to his two most important ladies: mom and wife. He talks about how the music scene can feel like “One big reality show that is scripted. I don’t like who I am in this environment.” One thing is for sure, music is a business. “Downtown” is so good it’s bad, and is similar to tracks on The Heist. Rising to the top is tough, staying there is even tougher, but not if you have a moped. It’s their second single and features Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, and Grandmaster Caz. So Macklemore pretended to be”Brad Pitt’s Cousin” back in the day to get into the clubs. Uh, why else would you call a track “Brad Pitt’s Cousin”? It starts off with an Indian-style beat that remains in the background the whole time. It’s pretty much dope. “Buckshot” sounds like Macklemore is shaking a spray paint can. Watch out, he’s ready to graffiti anything and everything. He refers to his Subway days, “7 bucks an hour wasn’t much money.” (Skip this track if you’re on a health kick.) “Lets Eat” talks about his junk food/donut days, and stereotypical new year’s resolution of getting fit, “went to the gym and got a membership.” “Bolo Tie,” featuring YG, is the hottest track with a wicked rhyme scheme. The entirety of the album is a blast from the past. There’s lots of uncertainty and withdrawals of the old Heist days.

Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor

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Panic! at the Disco: Death of a BachelorPanic! at the Disco
Death of a Bachelor
(Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen)

Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor

Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor

Ironically enough, Death of a Bachelor alludes to the afterlife momentum. It seems like the album is tied to a strong separation from an ex-lover. Frontman Brendon Urie sings, “Then the time for being sad is over/And you miss ’em like you miss no other” on “Hallelujah.” Catch and listen to Urie ridin’ solo-rific. Twelve years ago, Panic! at the Disco took the world by surprise and Urie showcases his underlying talent with energetic/emo/aggressive lyrical ballads. The title track, “Death of a Bachelor,” sums up the theme in one ...

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Matt and Kim: New Glow

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matt and kimMatt and Kim
New Glow
(Harvest Records)

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Brooklyn duo Pratt graduates Matt and Kim return with New Glow, a less cheesy version of a live EDM  concert. Matt Johnson’s vocals stick out in every single track. Not surprising, huh? It’s their fifth full-length album since Lightning. Indie rock pop lovers have evolved together into what genre – who knows.

The singles, “Hey Now” and “Get It,” starts the album off right with dope electro beats. “Hey Now” is like being on a sea-saw with all of the back and forth hypnotic beats. Apparently, it seems way too good to be ...

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Mumford & Sons: Wilder Mind

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wilder mindMumford & Sons
Wilder Mind
(Island/Glassnote)

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After Mumford & Sons not-so-triumphant return on their third album, Wilder Mind, the British alternative rockers have thrown everything away. It completely steps back from their original folk rock vibe and takes the album back to the 70’s with a David Bowie and Bob Dylan meander.

“Tompkins Square Park” is a typical romantic ballad, “Oh babe, meet me in Tompkins Square Park/I wanna hold you in the dark, one last time.” Aside from the two singles, “Believe” and “The Wolf,” every other song seems brutally boring and painful to listen to. The one ...

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Lykke Li: I Never Learn

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I Never Learn 
(Atlantic Records)

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Lykke Li’s third album, I Never Learn, is as emotional as its title sounds. Twenty-eight-year-old Swedish singer Li was “gunshot” to the heart by an ex-lover. Grab a box of tissues for nine melancholy low-key tracks for a slice of indie pop gone lonely. Her voice is memsmerizing with hypntoic sparkles over piano progressions and light guitar strumming that gives off the vibe that she will “never love again.” The album bares her entire soul with cliches everywhere.

Bringin’ indie pop back, Li adds too much ‘emo’ to I Never Learn. She ...

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Taking Back Sunday: Happiness Is

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taking back sundayTaking Back Sunday
Happiness Is
(Hopeless Records)

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Taking Back Sunday is back with their sixth full-length album, Happines Is, after a three-year hiatus. The 15-year-old band still knows how to rock and roll and recently became a part of an independent label, which is home to punk pop bands All Time Low, Bayside, and Silverstein.

Happiness Is brings TBS fans back to the Tell All Your Friends (2002) early days. Lead vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist John Nolan and Eddie Reyes bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Mark O’Connell are back for all 11 heart-wrenching tracks. It gets even better since Brand ...

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Broken Bells: After the Disco

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broken bellsBroken Bells
After the Disco
(Columbia Records)

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Indie rockers Broken Bells are back with their second full-length album, After the Disco, but not much has changed from the collaborative duo; Producer Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, and The Shins’ lead vocalist and guitarist James Mercer showcase their mature, cohesive indie-wave sound.  Unfortunately, James Mercer left his longtime band The Shins shortly after the release of After the Disco and ironically enough, a year after one of the band’s most successful albums, Port of Morrow. “Perfect World” sums up Mercer’s fairwell tribute to The Shins “We look to exit signs/But we ...

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Childish Gambino: Because the Internet

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childishChildish Gambino
Because the Internet
(Glassnote Records)

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It’s been easy to become enthralled in Donald Glover’s iconic rap hand as many of us have. He is previously a writer for 30 Rock and became effortlessly casted for NBC’s Community series in 2009. Early in his music career, Childish Gambino released Camp, a cool comeback from his writer’s block as a way to tackle heartbeat haters. It features “real life” topic discussions like status, racism, relationships, and the overall struggle to make it to the top, but showes himself as more than just a conventional writer.

Childish Gambino is back ...

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