Music Review

‘Stronger’ | Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has returned to the music scene with her fifth studio album, “Stronger.” The album doesn’t deviate much from Clarkson’s typical formula of catchy, sing-along anthems about how ignorant boys are. “Stronger,” however, never fully achieves the success and repeatability of her previous album, “All I Ever Wanted.

| Cadenza Reporter

‘Bad As Me’ | Tom Waits

Showman, street poet, soft-spoken ballad singer, shambolic bluesman—now that he is entering his fifth decade as a recording artist, there can be little doubt that the exhaustively dynamic Tom Waits holds a mythical status in contemporary music.

| Cadenza Reporter

‘The Rip Tide’ | Beirut

Describing Beirut sounds like a bad joke: an indie band from Santa Fe that mashes American pop with Balkan folk, creating music full of unlikely bedfellows (horns, ukuleles, cellos and accordions) that sounds so undeniably Eastern European.

Jessie Mcniel | Cadenza Reporter

‘I’m With You’ | Red Hot Chili Peppers

“I’m With You,” the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album, maintains a sound that is distinctly theirs while blending in adult-alternative and contemporary sounds. This album sounds most similar to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ past three albums, but it unfortunately loses the band’s earlier funk vibes to be more mainstream.

| Cadenza Reporter

Congratulations | MGMT

MGMT broke into the music scene with their debut album “Oracular Spectacular” in 2007. The album spawned the hits “Kids,” “Electric Feel” and “Time to Pretend,” all of which fit into their electric-pop vibe, filled with catchy lyrics and beats. Their new album, “Congratulations,” unfortunately does not live up to this previous album. What it loses in catchiness, it gains in boredom.

| Movie Editor

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