Contact | 0 article

‘The Tortured (Listener’s?) Department:’ A review of the newest Taylor Swift album

After winning her 13th Grammy at the 2024 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift announced the release of her 11th studio album titled “The Tortured Poets Department” (“TTPD”). The internet immediately blew up, with fans reacting shocked and overjoyed at the news after expecting the artist to drop “Reputation (Taylor’s Version).” The surprises, however, did not stop […]

| Junior Scene Editor

Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter”: Yee-haw or Yee-naw?

On March 29, Beyoncé released her ninth studio album, “Cowboy Carter,” the second act of her ninth studio album, “Renaissance.” The album’s aesthetics promised a full-blown country album, with cowboy hats, horses, and American flags galore.

| Junior Scene Editor

A Library of Love: Five Irresistible Romance Books

With the rise of “BookTok” — a TikTok subcommunity that centers around the discussion of books — reading romance books has become a mainstream activity. The genre, however, can be difficult to navigate for those newer to these types of books. Whether you’re looking for a light, fluffy read or a smuttier, more emotional one, […]

| Junior Scene Editor

All I want for Christmas is a worthwhile holiday album

Whether it be for profit or just their true adoration of the festive season, almost every pop star has felt the need to contribute to the mountainous sea of holiday music. An artist’s reach and popularity does not seem to matter — the likelihood of any musician releasing a holiday tune (or 20) is astronomically high. So, given the oversaturation of this genre, should these pop stars have released a holiday album/EP, or should they have stayed in their own lane?

| Contributing Writer

Taylor Swift Never Goes Out of Style: A Review of “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”

On Oct. 27, 2014, Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album. Shedding her country roots, Swift emerged into the pure pop world with “1989.” Sending her straight to the top of the charts, the album won Swift her second Album of the Year at the 58th Grammy Awards, as well as Best Pop Vocal Album.

| Contributing Writer

“the rest”: a review of the newest boygenius EP

The supergroup boygenius — composed of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus — released its debut album “the record” on March 31, 2023. Full of masterfully written and introspective hits, the indie-rock album garnered much praise from critics and reached number four on the Billboard 200 chart. 

| Contributing Writer

Olivia Rodrigo spills her “GUTS” in new album

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, “SOUR,” was an unprecedented success. At only 20 years old, the singer broke numerous records, as well as winning Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

| Contributing Writer

Sign up for the email edition

Stay up to date with everything happening at Washington University and beyond.