WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish

I originally wrote this review at least a year ago, but it’s still important to talk about the controversy surrounding this album. It’s easy to understand why some people were aghast at it; a 17-year-old woman singing about suicide is worrying, to say the least. Of course, the same people who call her work inappropriateContinue reading “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish”

★ – 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”

Now, Not Yet – half-alive

This album is the kind of work I could gush over as a music theory guy, but its complexity is oh so very accessible. It’s got this Bastille/Sir Sly vibe, but it’s jam-packed full of complex jazz chords, Jacob Collier-style vocal harmonies, interesting rhythms, and Japanese Breakfast-esque engaging sound effects. They hit you with polytonalityContinue reading “Now, Not Yet – half-alive”

Lemonade – Beyonce

You know, I had heard this album was good, but I was knocked over by the vocal opening to “Pray You Catch Me”. This album is incredible. You’ve got some really cool scale stuff from a theory perspective, like the Lydian/Ionian mode mixture on “Hold Up” and the move three steps down on the scaleContinue reading “Lemonade – Beyonce”