Patience – Mannequin Pussy

This album is a personal favorite. I actually only discovered this band because I know one of the band members’ mom, but I fell in love with them the moment I heard “Drunk II”, and I bought tickets to a completely different show just to see them open. This band’s guitar work is beautiful andContinue reading “Patience – Mannequin Pussy”

Jaime – Brittany Howard

This is an album of constant innovation, a prog rock slamdown full of otherworldly harmony and perfectly calibrated rhythms. From the constantly interesting guitar grooves of “History Repeats” to the cinematic zoom-out of “Run To Me”, this album is perpetually confusing and always pleasing to the ear. Playing jagged harmonies with gentle synths, sweet guitarContinue reading “Jaime – Brittany Howard”

‘Cuz I Love You (Super Deluxe) – Lizzo

Lizzo’s second album is incredible. That was never up for debate. It’s some of the best modern pop you’ll ever hear, immediately calling listeners to attention with the beautiful grooves and vocal harmonies of “Like a Girl”, but, from “Crybaby” on, the album takes a sharp left turn and goes full Prince (but better). IContinue reading “‘Cuz I Love You (Super Deluxe) – Lizzo”

Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!

You probably know this band from their transcendent jam “Thrash Unreal”, but when their singer Laura Jane Grace came out as trans in 2012, Against Me! accompanied it with the greatest traditional pop punk album of all time. This concept album hits hard with heavy distortion on bright, major-key guitars and even rougher textures onContinue reading “Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against Me!”

MONTERO – Lil Nas X

Ever since I heard “INDUSTRY BABY (feat. Jack Harlow)”, not a day has gone by where I didn’t think about this man. That’s right, I’m a Jack Harlow superfan. No, seriously, I have had that song stuck in my head again and again, and it is never a negative experience. I think it’s Lil NasContinue reading “MONTERO – Lil Nas X”

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power – Halsey

Halsey and Nine Inch Nails working together is a dream come true, and the electronic rock they’ve put together, full of the unique grittiness that each have to bring to the table, is constantly masterful and a joy to listen to. Sure, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross may not have put their names on theContinue reading “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power – Halsey”

A Night at the Opera – Queen

The final album review of my EP’s promotion cycle is the one for “And Then There Are Those Who Choose Their Own Fate”. Writing this song, I felt that the suite was an underutilized device in music; I really liked when songs put together thematically connected disparate sections, and it felt like something gone fromContinue reading “A Night at the Opera – Queen”

“Heroes” – David Bowie

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. I’ll admit that the inspiration of “Heroes” on my song “The Difference” was a bit roundabout. I had spent some time studying Bowie’s key changes and consciously attempting toContinue reading ““Heroes” – David Bowie”

The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. I didn’t know that you could end a song by just smashing everything together into a multifaceted waltz-time cacophony until I heard MCR’s “The End.” That’s the wayContinue reading “The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance”

★ – 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”