album review

Best Albums of 2022: A Response to Pitchfork

While I agree with some of Pitchfork’s picks, I feel like some big hitters were overlooked. Plus, I like making lists.

| Managing Chief of Copy

Harry Styles is timeless, if not a bit contrived, on “Harry’s House”

On May 20, Harry Styles released “Harry’s House,” the artist’s third studio album. “Harry’s House” follows the artist’s previous successes and is a vibrant, cohesive addition to his repertoire.

| Junior Business Director

“Tell Me That It’s Over” is an intricate and smart follow-up to Wallows’ debut

On March 25, Wallows released “Tell Me That It’s Over,” their much-anticipated sophomore record. In the album, the indie-alt band touches on ideas of uncertainty, trust, evocation and responsibility in relationships.  Many songs on this album continue the high energy that “Nothing Happens,” the band’s 2019 debut, introduces. Wallows has grown in depth and scale […]

| Junior Business Director

Father John Misty tries something new with “Chloë and the Next 20th Century”

Father John Misty, who I discovered last month, has quickly ascended my pantheon of most-listened artists and claimed the title of “folk rock icon” in my mind. I started listening to him the day he dropped the lead single to his new album “Funny Girl,” and I was hooked on its unique sound. The next […]

| Managing Chief of Copy

On a weekend of major musical releases, Mitski’s ‘Laurel Hell’ carves out its niche

A departure from her usual sound, Mitski’s “Laurel Hell” is still engrossingly emotional.

| Junior Editor

Adele’s ’30’ is a meditation on divorce anyone can listen to

The new album shows a new side to Adele while proving she is still the queen of the power ballad.

| Staff Writer

In Lil Nas X’s “MONTERO,” the rapper finds his sound in an impressive way

Lil Nas X is here with deeper, more hard-hitting material, but he still wants fans to be able to dance it out to his songs.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

‘Sob Rock’ by John Mayer is sonically brilliant, yet somewhat superficial

John Mayer’s eighth album offers up a beautiful trip back to the 1980s; yet his latest release’s legacy is up to interpretation.

| Contributing Writer

Donda delivers despite doubts

“Donda” is much like Kanye West himself: both the album and the artist can be easy to hate. From the year-long delay since the announced release date to the controversy surrounding West before the album’s release, doubts over “Donda” are understandable. Is it worth holding out hope for an album promised on six different missed […]

| Contributing Writer

‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’ builds off of Brockhampton’s other albums to create a sound all its own

Brockhampton, alongside features such as A$AP Rocky, JPEGMafia and Shawn Mendes, hits all the right notes with their new album “Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine,” as the album places the themes of pain, self-expression and racial discrimination at center stage.

| Contributing Writer

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