Adele Makes Pitch Perfect Return With “Hello”


  Adele • 25 • XL/Columbia • Release Date: November 20, 2015 (album) One of the most arduous tasks following an extended hiatus is returning with the same vigor and fire that you once had. For Adele, it’s understandable that she not follow up 2011 diamond-certified effort 21 quickly – there was no reason to….

Review: Snoop Dogg Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘Bush’


Snoop Dogg • Bush • Columbia • US Release Date: May 12, 2015 How does a legendary MC continue to keep it G in his early 40s? He reinvents himself or at least retools. Snoop Dogg does just that on Bush by embracing his soulful, funkier side, while easing up on his edgier, more explicit…

Review: Passion Pit Delivers A Radiant Third Album With ‘Kindred’


Passion Pit • Kindred • Columbia • US Release Date: April 21, 2015 How can one band be so dang positive? Ask Passion Pit, who seem to master jubilance within their music, album after album. The latest LP, Kindred is no different, finding strife, grief, and tribulation to be non-factors. Even though it’s no secret…

One Direction Time – Dedicated To Everybody’s Favorite Boy Band


What’s one of the few things that can divert attention away from Taylor Swift? That would be One Direction, those British-Irish twenty-something heartthrobs that have the girls going crazy. Sure, Ms. Swift won’t lose her locked-down position on album sales among other crowns, but these “Steal My Girl” dudes are legit – well as far…

4th Quarter Albums Prognostication Scorecard


In September 2014, I penned a post entitled Prognosticating 4th Quarter Albums!, where I gave my predictions for the sales of some notable albums being released in late September and onward.  Now that seven of those albums have sales figures (one going off of official prognostications), let’s see how sound my predicting skills were! 1) Chris…

Music Shopping List: Albums to Consider Purchasing June 10th, 2014


Last week, the music world received new offerings from the likes of Miranda Lambert (Platinum) and a comeback from 50 Cent (Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win). This week, June 10th, 2014, the sole gargantuan offering comes from former White Stripes front man Jack White, who releases his second solo album Lazaretto. Otherwise, new release…

Music Shopping List: What To Consider Buying April 8, 2014


Ah new release Tuesday, where dreams come true and are broken for many artists who hope their album will sell these days.  This Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the releases aren’t exactly star-studded – that would be an understatement.  That said, there are some possibilities to choose from, whether you’re looking to go vintage, be spiritually…