Friday, October 24, 2014

Track By Track Review: Taylor Swift - 1989

Taylor Swift's fifth album and first fully pop record was co produced by hitmaker Max Martin and is gunning for a platinum debut week. But is it worth the hype?

Welcome to New York: A lovely album opener, built on a sea of flashing synths. Swift wasn't kidding when she said 1989 was straight pop, and by New York's path, it seems to be the right move. A-

Blank Space: Passive aggressive shots at her detractors - "they'll tell you I'm insane" - play over a Lorde's Tennis Court inspired beat. A qucik mood change from the predecessor, but a welcome one. Some single potential lies around here. A-

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Album Review: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

Tove Lo's debut album is dripping with vulnerability and honesty. The now infamous Habits (Stay High),  serves a catalyst for the rest of the album. The album is focused with pinpoint accuracy divided into three sections: sex, love and pain. Each song on the album fits into a section, making the entire album instantly cohesive. It's a tactic that makes the album function as a larger piece of art, rather than singles thrown together like groceries in a Walmart bag like Tove Lo's other pop contemporaries.