Trench – Twenty One Pilots

Finally, we’re at the Trench review! This is a fantastic album, though you’ll really want good audio to listen to it. Thanks in part to MUTEMATH’s Paul Meany, Twenty One Pilots got darker and more serious, dipping further into experimental, emotive electronic sounds. The concept surrounding the album discusses a city known as Dema ruledContinue reading “Trench – Twenty One Pilots”

To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

God, there’s so much to talk about on this album, a magnus opus that combines slam poetry, jazz, funk, and the utter genius of Kendrick Lamar to create a contender for the best rap album of all time. It begins with “Wesley’s Theory”, a complex masterwork full of strong, defined harmony (that’s why you getContinue reading “To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar”

The Fall of Hobo Johnson – Hobo Johnson

The Fall of Hobo Johnson is unequivocally a masterpiece, one of my go-to recommendations and one of the best albums on this website. (Hobo Johnson is a stage name adopted by Frank Lopes due to his experience with homelessness; here, I’ll refer to him affectionately as Frank.) This album is blisteringly emotional and sonically innovative;Continue reading “The Fall of Hobo Johnson – Hobo Johnson”

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Various Artists

This soundtrack album for the beautifully animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse keeps to the aesthetic of that high-school comic-book movie with the mellow beats and catchy melodies of modern hip hop. Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” is a standout with its bubbly synths and feel-good rhythm, and it’s a perfect fit as whatContinue reading “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Various Artists”

★ – David Bowie

David Bowie’s greatest album, ★, was released two days before his early death and needs to be heard. If you haven’t heard this album, drop everything and go listen to it. If you have heard this album, you know what I’m talking about. I mean, there’s a song in a made-up language on there, andContinue reading “★ – David Bowie”