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December 14, 2016

Childish Gambino’s single Me and your Mama

Childish Gambino, a.k.a Danny Glover’s, new single Me and Your Mama is a lot different than his prior radio hits. He is taking an cyjaixmwqamcdd2-jpg-large
entirely new direction with his music. When his latest album Kauai came out, it was clear Childish Gambino was pushing away from hip hop. Although the song is still obviously influenced by hip hop, there’s no rapping and it has more of a blues/R&B feel. Me and Your Mama, In my opinion, is a fantastic, and unique song.

It slowly builds into a lethargic, mellow beat by slowly adding a drum and bass track piece by piece, until about two minutes into the song when the melody completely changes, and is replaced with a powerful drum beat, a dramatic blues guitar riff, soulful singing from Childish Gambino, and a choir to accompany him. The lyrics sound like classic blues from Marvin Gaye or Otis Redding, and the way Childish Gambino belts out these lyrics in a shrieking, anguished tone really adds to the mood of the song.

one thing that rubs me the wrong way about this track is the song is the intro and outro. They both last about 2 minutes, and don’t add substance to the song. If you’re a fan of the rap Childish Gambino normally puts out, this might not be the track for you. Childish Gambino’s attempt to branch out into other genres, in my opinion, is a success. I have not listened to his new album, “Awaken, My Love!” which released December 2nd, but i love the transition

I LOVED IT

I LIKED IT

IT’S NOT TERRIBLE

I TRASHED IT


Metallica’s album Hardwired…To Self Destruct

Metallica’s New Album Hardwired…To Self Destruct feels like a compilation of all their past albums. There are some songs that remind me of the glory days of the Kill em’ all era, while others are reminiscent with the poorly received St. Anger, and Death Magnetic. Hardwired is able to mix complex guitar riffs with the speedy tempo necessary for the thrash metal genre. Some tracks are absolutely abysmal and seem to lull on forever, but at the end of the day Metallica is taking a step in the right direction as they attempt to return to their hay day, rather than trying to change what the band has always been.
 James Hetfield, the lead singer, has atrocious lyrics like always, but if they were improved I feel it would take away from the classic Metallica sound that they have built. Stand out tracks include Am I savage?, Moth Into Flame, and Hardwired. It’s definitely not the best album they have put out over their 35 year lifespan, but it’s no where close to the low points in Metallica’s career, like the failure that was their 2011 album LULU. Fans of 80’s/90’s Thrash metal will be pleased with this album.

I LOVED IT

I LIKED IT

IT’S NOT TERRIBLE

I TRASHED IT


The Weeknd’s album Starboy

Starboy is classic Weeknd. The fourth album by the R&B up and comer makes no dramatic changes in his musical style, but does lengthen his list of fantastic songs. It’s packed to the brim with features from amazing artists like Lana Del Rey, Future, Kendrick Lamar, and Daft Punk. The Weeknd will not upset any fans with this album. Similar to The Weeknd’s other mixtapes and albums, the beats are very synthy, drum and bass heavy, and fit a vaporwave aesthetic. He also sings in his classic falsetto style that fans love.

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-2-12-19-pmTracks that stood out to me on this album were Starboy (Feat. Daft Punk), Sidewalks (Feat. Kendrick Lamar), True Colors, and Rockin’. A lot of these songs remind me of the 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness, but others sound more like House of Balloon or Thursday, his first two mixtapes from 2011. If I was a fan of his music, I would give this a love it. It’s great music, but his voice is really unappealing to me.  For those who need to get in the feels every once in awhile, This album will do the trick.

I LOVED IT

I LIKED IT

IT’S NOT TERRIBLE

I TRASHED IT

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