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A new shade of cool on Lana Del Rey album

Lana Del Rey authenticates her niche as a retro-pop act on her latest LP, “Ultraviolence,” with stronger yet less-catchy songs than on her debut studio album under the moniker Del Rey, “Born to Die.” She has traded in hip-hop sampling for a new team of producers, including the Black Keys’ Read More…

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Sam Smith gets off to solid start on debut album

Before laying down the vocals for Disclosure’s “Latch,” Sam Smith was no more than another ordinary garage band vocalist. Carving his path as a feature singer, Smith has begun to make a name for himself with his own singles, “Stay With Me” and “Money on My Mind,” both peaking at Read More…

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Cher Lloyd’s sophomore album not quite worth the break

After her first studio album, Sticks + Stones, “X Factor UK” alum Cher Lloyd has been pushing back the release date for her recent album. After much delay, Lloyd has released her sophomore album, Sorry I’m Late. Sorry I’m Late is best described as an explosive emotional roller coaster. It Read More…

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Brian Jonestown Massacre stick with signature sound on Revelation

San Francisco-based Brian Jonestown Massacre, or BJM, does neo-psychedelic differently than most other bands of the subgenre, taking neo-psychedelia to some dark, and varied, places. In the over 20 years since the band formed, their 13 records and ever-changing personnel have spanned country-blues, shoegaze, folk and a lot of drug-fueled Read More…

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Coldplay struggle to create memorable album with Ghost Stories

Although the media coverage was relatively subdued, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s troubled relationship is the glaringly obvious origin of Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories. The album boasts a thematic persistence of heartbreak throughout its nine tracks, as is evident through the haunting lyrics, “Just got a tattoo and the Read More…

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The Horrors misstep with new album

The Horrors are all about change. It wouldn’t be too wildly generalizing to notice that the Essex-based quintet has yet to release two albums that sound like they came from same band since their first LP, Strange House. Distinguishing themselves as genre tourists, they’ve trekked through the gothic, the shoegaze Read More…