The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey: “Closer” Song Review

If you’re reading this you probably heard the horrendous atrocity that was “#Selfie,” a viral success song from 2014 by EDM duo The Chainsmokers. These guys were completely unknown before this, but boy did this absolute waste of time give them fame. It was vapid, pandering, obnoxious, and everything else the name of the song might make you assume it would be. Some excuse this song as a joke, but it was far from funny. Ironically the song made me think that the career of Andrew Taggert and Alex Pall would be just that: A joke.
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Young the Giant’s “Home of the Strange” Review

Is third time the charm for this California-based rock group’s third, more political LP?

The album cover

In many ways that’s actually a dumb question to ask. Young the Giant in all rights have been a relatively successful band, with two charting singles off their self-titled Young the Giant album, and even had their song “Cough Syrup” get covered on Glee! If you had a song on Glee, you can say it was at least somewhat successful. It was a pretty good album as well, full of subdued vocals and interesting grooves that felt somewhat unique.

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Let’s Talk Pokemon

I’m convinced that Pokemon ends up being a part of every kid’s life. I played it, you probably played it, and I have seen every one of my young family members playing it. Hell, I know a lot of people who still play it from geeky high school students to division one college athletes (apparently track & field athletes are some of the biggest nerds on the planet). It was definitely brought back into the public forefront with “Pokemon Go,” but everyone knows theres more to it than that. My interest did not get peaked by that game but instead by the flood of speculation and recently released information for the upcoming Pokemon Sun & Moon games for the 3DS. Now I personally don’t own a 3DS, but somehow this news has not only caught my eye but has also gotten me to look back over my past with the Pokemon franchise as a whole. So, with all that being said, let’s talk Pokemon.
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Ranking Top 20: Week of August 13th, 2016

As an introduction, this will be something I do every few months or so where I rank the current Billboard Top 20 songs in terms of quality, not popularity. This is subjective, so dont hate on the content. You can hate on the formatting, though, because it will be something I try and fix.

Pop music right now is interesting to say the least. Ironically it’s interesting in how disinterested most artists sound in their own songs. Music feels more clinical and artificial than any other time in recent memory, leading me to be bored while listening to most of these songs. While many of these songs are not inherently bad, they just suffer from sounding like they are made to be generic pop hits. Well, some of these songs are inherently bad, but we’ll get to that. We’ll get to that now, actually.
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Talking Is Hard Album Review

This sophomore studio album may have been seuccessful, but how does it stand as an album?

“Walk the Moon” is an interesting band. This Cincinnati based quartet have brought an amazing flare to modern music, mixing modern production with stylistic choices and songwriting from 80’s and 90’s rock. The band are not unknown to popularity as their songs Anna Sun and Tightrope having relative success on the U.S. Alt charts despite not charting on the Billboard Top 100. Their self titled album was  good, pushing out some very cheesy but wonderfully put together songs. With their sophomore album*, will “Walk the Moon” find similar quality and success?

*Technically their third album, but their first album I Want, I Want doesn’t necessarily count in the same way Kendrick Lamar’s Section 80 album doesn’t count. I Want, I Want is actually even more obscure than Section 80.

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