Stephen Wilkinson, known musically as Bibio, released his seventh album, Silver Wilkinson, on Warp Records. The English music producer from Wolverhampton’s new album can be labeled within the electric genre with hints of indie and folksy-acoustic influence, and Silver Wilkinson has an organic feel that somehow also makes you feel as though you are out-of-this-world. Many of the songs flow into one another, making it clear that this soothing album is meant to be listened to all together rather than in pieces.
After a three-year hiatus from her last album, getting hitched with producer Swizz Beats and having a son, Alicia Keys returns to grace us with her soulful piano-laced talents in Girl On Fire. Slightly raspier, and infinitely more mature, we find Keys emancipating herself with a newfound identity gathering a myriad of both veteran and younger producers throughout. Girl On Fire is both an intimate self-reflection and an affirmation of emotional freedom. Below, is a track-by-track review: The “De Novo Adagio” orchestrated intro immediately shows Keys at her best, tip-toeing her way through a no-fuss dreamscape melody that is soothing and confident.
The edgy songstress who leaves mouths watering with her bold sex appeal and esoteric lyrics has graced us with her seventh album Unapologetic. As the title suggests, Rihanna is anything but contrite in her latest release — assuming she was ever in the past. Honest lyrics coupled with mind altering beats, both suggest just how bad but yet still vulnerable she can really be. A wise decision was made to divert from the redundant overuse of sexually explicit topics. Instead the creative minds fused on this project opted for meaningful, deeper, and more realistic subject matter such as love, loss, displacement, and freedom of expression.
Though Aerosmith is one band, they have gone through several incarnations. There’s the Aerosmith of the 1970s, which featured classic, traditional rock songs like “Sweet Emotion” and “Dream On.” There is the Aerosmith of the 80s and 90s, which was more pop-oriented and belted out ballads like “Angel,” “Crazy,” “Cryin’” and, of course, “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” better known as the theme from Armageddon (1998).
Innocent as her appearance may be, Taylor Swift seems to stir up controversial feelings among music fans. She is often either loved or hated with passion, with very little room for in-between. Her third album, Speak Now, left some pretty big shoes for the just-released Red to fill, if the thousands of screaming preteens who filled stadiums during her last tour are any indication. With Red, Swift moves in a slightly different direction toward a more pop-dominated sound. Many of her songs still have a country sound to them, but they are far from the majority of the album.
Bursting through your speakers with a pulsating sonic boom, Muse’s sixth outing, The 2nd Law, emerges back into the fray with a demanding and overly ambitious album filled with a sound that both frustrates and satisfies. Dedicated to the second law of thermodynamics (entropy), Muse weaves in and out with plenty of prog-rock rhythms and synth-breaks that may overwhelm the untrained listener. Of course, Muse fans will be right at home here as The 2nd Law continues to deliver the stadium-filling sound they’ve come to be known for, albeit with more of a pseudo-electronic vibe than their previous efforts.
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