On ‘Head Above Water,’ Avril Lavigne Sinks

When Avril released her Christian-tinged comeback single, “Head Above Water,” a couple of months ago (read more here), it seemed that she was ready to stake her claim in the new world of pop. Avril’s last major release was her eponymous 2013 album. That record was a collection of grave mistakes (“Hello Kitty”); sad attempts at her glory days (“Here’s to Never Growing Up”); and … Continue reading On ‘Head Above Water,’ Avril Lavigne Sinks

The Top 40 Albums of 2018

40. Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton The R&B veteran delivered a strong and succinct album in a year full of bloated, overdrawn releases. Her contralto voice and slinky timbre anchor the most explicit and honest soundscape of her career. From the cathartic climax of the title track to the spunky “Foh” and “Deadwood,” Toni maneuvers through themes of independence, lust, and growth with astonishing ease. Sex & … Continue reading The Top 40 Albums of 2018

2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Rap Field

Best Rap Album Rap music is far and away the biggest genre in music today. Everyone wants to be a consumer and creator of the culture. With the massive influx of new rappers and veterans stepping up their game to keep up with younger artists, the rap categories at this year’s ceremony will be especially competitive. Right now there are three albums that are all … Continue reading 2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Rap Field

2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Pop Field

Best Pop Vocal Abum Best Pop Vocal Album is one of the most highly contested categories each year at the Grammys. This year is no different, there are two or three albums that seem to be definite nominees, but there are a plethora of records that all make strong cases for a nomination. Let’s get to it. Taylor Swift’s reputation (read my review here) and Ariana Grande’s Sweetener (read … Continue reading 2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Pop Field

Does Cardi B Benefit from Colorism?

A commonly accepted definition of colorism: “Discrimination based on skin color, also known as colorism or shadeism, is a form of prejudice or discrimination in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to skin color.” (Source) Cardi B’s meteoric rise to the top of the rap game has been nothing short of historic and inspirational. Her first entry on the U.S. … Continue reading Does Cardi B Benefit from Colorism?

On ‘LM5,’ It’s a “Woman’s World” and Little Mix Rules (Review)

Little Mix is something of an anomaly. They’re one of the biggest stadium acts in the United Kingdom and Europe, but they have barely made a dense Stateside. With their fifth full-length, LM5, Little Mix ties The Saturdays for most studio albums from a girl group in the modern era. Formed on the X Factor UK in 2011, Little Mix has consistently impressed with their formidable … Continue reading On ‘LM5,’ It’s a “Woman’s World” and Little Mix Rules (Review)

Zayn and Nicki Disappoint on “No Candle No Light”

Source: http://hiphop-n-more.com/2018/11/zayn-no-candle-no-light-feat-nicki-minaj-new-song/ The road to Zayn’s sophomore album has been confusing and frustrating. From singles with big budget videos (“Dusk Till Dawn,” read my review here) to random tracks (“Sour Diesel,” read my review here) and half-hyped collaborations (“Too Much (feat. Timbaland)”), Zayn has been all over the place. A lot of the music has been great, but this recent track is a clear miss. … Continue reading Zayn and Nicki Disappoint on “No Candle No Light”