I haven’t done a single music review in months. Whoops. As such, my backlist became quite lengthy. How was I going to review all these albums?
That’s when it hit me: I’m not an expert in music reviewing anyway. Why not instead give my brief thoughts on all the new music projects I’ve been listening to in one collective post? And so that’s what I’m going to do. Maybe sometimes I’ll post individual reviews, but most of the time it’s going to be these brief flash reviews.
I’ve got several records on the docket today, from pop to alternative to hip hop to indie. It’s a mixed bag of music and quality— a gift from my Spotify to yours.
My Thoughts: Many artists fall victim to what is known as the “sophomore slump.” Tori Kelly is not one of those artists. This album— vocally, lyrically, and musically— is fantastic. Kelly goes back to her roots, the vibe more similar to her old music than her debut album. Weirdly, it reminds me of Christina Aguielra’s Stripped. Needless to say, this record will probably be one of my favorites of the year.
Highlights: Change Your Mind, Language, 2 Places, & Actress
My Thoughts: I remember seeing a review of this EP that asked, “Does Lil Nas X even like music?” If you ask me, 7 is proof that he does because of how much fun he has with it. He plays with hip hop, country, rock, and more on this seven-track EP. In a way, his take on music is very refreshing. I wouldn’t call him a new favorite, but I really appreciate him doing what he wants and not caring what people think.
Highlights: Old Town Road (with Billy Ray Cyrus), Panini, Rodeo (with Cardi B), & Bring U Down
My Thoughts: This record is a lesson in lovesickness. Inspired by ‘60s pop rock, I’d almost call the album too cohesive. It really starts to blend together after a while. It’s not bad, but it’s missing that spunk The Regrettes used to have. I want desperately to love this album, but I just feel ‘meh’ about it.
Highlights: I Dare You, Pumpkin, & Has It Hit You?
My Thoughts: You guys know I’m a sucker for sapphic indie music. Clairo is no exception. That said, the singles were chosen to promote the record for a reason. The album tracks are far less interesting. I’ll probably give this album a couple more listens, but I don’t think it’ll stay in my rotation.
Highlights: Closer to You, Softly, & Sofia
My Thoughts: The first half of this album is underwhelming, but the second half is actually pretty decent. I found myself really starting to enjoy it. Tisdale has found the perfect style of music for her voice. It’s nothing mind-blowing, but it’s definitely worth a listen.
Highlights: Symptoms, Insomnia, Under Pressure, & True Romance
Have you listened to any of these albums? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts? Let’s talk about it in the comments!