AlunaGeorge struggle to find a new identity in ‘I Remember’

AlunaGeorge I Remember | Island Grade: C+
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AlunaGeorge I Remember | Island
Grade: C+

One-hit wonders are the most unfortunate byproduct of the pop industry. Either they fade to obscurity, disguise themselves in cult-classic acclaim or, worse yet, use everything but the kitchen sink in pursuit of another radio-ready bop. British pop duo AlunaGeorge — comprised of lead singer Aluna Francis and George Reid
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Frank Ocean Blonde | Boys Don't Cry Grade: A+

Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ marks heavenly return

“Inhale, in hell, there’s heaven.” Such was the heart sigh that echoed through the empty, cavernous salvation of Blonde, Frank Ocean’s new album self-released Saturday on Apple Music, one of two major Frank Ocean album releases in the past week. With a release shrouded in mystery, four years after his
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Ace Hood StarVation | We the BestGrade: B+

Ace Hood stays hungry on latest mixtape ‘StarVation’

No matter the reception to Ace Hood’s music, there’s no denying his consistency when it comes to putting out the highest quality mixtape covers. From edited closeup shots to pictures with his children, the artwork always goes hard. That trend does not stop in StarVation where he stands tall on
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Desiigner New English | G.O.O.D. Music Grade: C

Desiigner drops lackluster first mixtape ‘New English’

Just so you know, Desiigner doesn’t actually have broads in Atlanta. Once a Soundcloud novelty, the Brooklyn rapper quickly rose to stardom after Kanye West sampled his hit single “Panda” for his Life of Pablo cut “Pt. 2.” Whether it’s his signature ad-libs or funnily disconcerting resemblance to Future, Desiigner
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Red Hot Chili Peppers The Getaway | Warner Bros. Records Grade: C-

Red Hot Chili Peppers serves up lukewarm 11th album

There’s a single, basic, unavoidable reality facing every Red Hot Chili Peppers album released — if the songs aren’t catchy, the album isn’t good. Is that a fair standard? Not really, but as a band that has spent 30 years building a jam-funk rock legacy on lyrics such as, “K-i-s-s-i-n-g
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