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retro looking photo of band, Lake Street Dive.

Album Review: “Obviously” by Lake Street Dive (with Track Rankings…Obviously)

I mentioned this band in my 2020 anthems post about the songs that summed up my 2020. I had already discovered their song “Making Do” late in the year and thought it would be a contender for 2021 anthems. Since then, I heard Lake Street Dive’s latest single “Hypothetical” and fell in love with theContinue reading “Album Review: “Obviously” by Lake Street Dive (with Track Rankings…Obviously)”

the weeknd photo from his music video for "blinding lights", where he's wearing big glasses, a red jacket, and standing in front of blurred lights on the vegas strip

Track Rankings: “After Hours” by The Weeknd

There are only 2 “great” songs on this album. What does that tell you? It tells you I’m clickbaiting you. Okay, stop reading this excerpt and just click on the link.

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Artists

The Greatest Superbowl Halftime Performance

Bruno Mars at the 2014 Superbowl. What an amazing performer he is. The part where he does “Runaway” is my favorite, if it’s even possible to have a favorite moment. The dance moves and synchronization, the showmanship, the energy, the coordination and camerawork. It gives me chills and makes me smile really big. I’d love to see him in concert someday. I was revisiting thisContinue reading “The Greatest Superbowl Halftime Performance”

Why Soundgarden Is The Best Grunge Band of All-Time

If you’ve come for a history lesson or empirical-based data sheet, you’re in the wrong place. The only facts here are pure, honest-to-God music and lyrics. That is the only “data” I have. So let’s get to it! First, let me point out what will be obvious to you if you already love Soundgarden/Audioslave/Chris Cornell’s solo work, and what should be reinforced if you’re notContinue reading “Why Soundgarden Is The Best Grunge Band of All-Time”

“Brown Sugar” ZZ Top

I had never heard this song until my good friend Pandora came along. While I like many of ZZ Top’s songs, I never listened to this album in its entirety (and if I did, I’ve forgotten it by now). This song is a gem. True blues if I’ve ever heard it. ZZ Top’s brand is deeply rooted in the Blues of course, but I seeContinue reading ““Brown Sugar” ZZ Top”

Songs

Songs I Can’t Stop Playing -#1

Introducing a new segment! I hated my previous idea of just sharing a post about specific songs because it felt like a never-ending task for very little payoff. Besides, how much can you talk about one song on a written format? It was too much work for too little reward. But a list of my most played songs in a given week? That’s more doableContinue reading “Songs I Can’t Stop Playing -#1”

cover of the single for Justin Bieber's song Anyone; he's dressed as a boxer and he's lying on the floor, like he got knocked out. His face is bloody.

Song Review: “Anyone” Justin Bieber

2020 should have been Justin Bieber’s year. He released so much music, whether it was his own singles, an entire album, or a feature. But he’s not Drake. He can’t just obtain good-faith clout by slapping his name on something mediocre. While he had success commercially on singles with Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, and Chance The Rapper, his album Changes was panned. Lead-off single “Yummy”Continue reading “Song Review: “Anyone” Justin Bieber”

picture of Demi Lovato's new single cover. Profile picture of demi wearing a red jacket, eyes closed, head tilting up as she walks down the street

Song Review: “I Love Me” by Demi Lovato

I love Demi. She’s outspoken about her struggles with addiction and body image. She’s honest and real, seeming down-to-earth despite how long she’s already been in the spotlight at 27. She wants to make other people feel good about themselves and know that they’re worth it, that they can do it. That’s the theme in “I Love Me”. It’s an admirable message, and the songContinue reading “Song Review: “I Love Me” by Demi Lovato”

Close up of Lady Gaga's face with the letters "LG" in a pinkish-red hue superimposed on her face

Song Review: “Stupid Love” By Lady Gaga

It took me about 43 seconds to add Lady Gaga’s new song to my Pop Vibes playlist. It attached itself inside my brain, like some kind of infection. But I’ll gladly skip the antidote, because this is everything I want from pop music. It gives me “Perfect Illusion” + “Born This Way” vibes, mixed into an 80-inspired, synth-heavy melody (of which the latter song alreadyContinue reading “Song Review: “Stupid Love” By Lady Gaga”

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