U2 Lack Vintage Magic on ‘Songs of Innocence’ 


U2 • Songs of Innocence • INTErscope • US Release Date: October 14, 2014 U2 is easily one of the most popular rock bands, easily. Led by ubiquitous front man Bono, the Grammy-winning collective have played a gargantuan role in shaping rock music. Since their last big Grammy-winning album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, the…

YouTube Video Love: Peter Hollens Beautifully Interprets “The Phantom Of The Opera”


Peter Hollens is at it again – captivating the world of YouTube with his exceptional, nuanced pipes.  Brentmusicreviews has nothing but love for Hollens, as he has been featured previously for his cover of “Dark Horse” with Sam Tsui.   Additionally, from an educational standpoint, Hollens’ chilling and radiant interpretation of the beloved sea shanty “Shenandoah”…

Will 2014 Be the Downfall of the Bieber Empire? Only Time Will Tell…


Cutting straight to the chase, Justin Bieber probably had the crappiest year of his entire career.  Honestly, it was plumb terrible.  It was sort of like my favorite college basketball team, the Kentucky Wildcat’s fall from glory during the 2012-13 season after dominating the previous season with their eighth NCAA title.  Yeah, it was that…

Beyoncé Rules The Charts For A Second Consecutive Week


Beyoncé spends a second consecutive week at the top of the charts with her self-titled, fifth studio effort.  After moving an impressive 617,000 copies (all courtesy of iTunes mind you), Beyoncé moves another 374,000 copies, this time with physical albums included in the totals.  In two weeks, Mrs. Carter falls just short of the ‘milli’…

Review: Justin Bieber, ‘Journals’


Journals steps in the right direction stylistically, isn’t without flaws.  Justin Bieber • Journals • Island • US Release Date: December 23, 2013 For a brief time via iTunes (beginning December 23), Justin Bieber has compiled his Music Mondays releases into one digital album, Journals.  Over the past two months, I’ve reviewed the previously issued…

Beyoncé Makes It Five Number One Albums in a Row


Beyoncé tops the Billboard 200 chart with her fifth studio album, the self-titled Beyoncé.  This is huge news, considering the week was initially expected to be a bit slower with Garth Brooks, R. Kelly, and Childish Gambino stealing the notable headlines. Released just Friday, December 13 exclusively to iTunes (CDs are on their way save…

Justin Bieber Enjoys a “Confident” Lady on Music Monday’s Latest


Justin Bieber • “Confident” – Single • Island • US Release Date: December 9, 2013  Justin Biebers’ Music Mondays is the gift that keeps on giving to Beliebers, pop-cultural buffs, and music journalists alike.  I mean, I thought Kanye West had something good going with Good Fridays back-when, but my boy Biebz just keeps on…

Opinion: What is Kanye West’s Ceiling On Yeezus?


Kanye West is consistently one of rap’s biggest stars, no questions asked. His sales truly do speak for themselves. With the exception of 2004’s The College Dropout which debuted at no. 2 (with 441,000 copies behind Norah Jones 1.02 million seller Feels Like Home), every Kanye West album has debuted at no. 1.  Yes, that would include 2005’s Late Registration (860,000 copies), 2007’s Graduation…

New Music: Jake Bugg, ‘Jake Bugg’


Jake Bugg ⎜Jake Bugg ⎜Mercury ⎜US Release Date: April 9, 2013 / UK: October 15, 2012 Producers: Iain Archer; Mike Crossey; Matt Prime; Jason Hart; Crispin Hunt Jake Bugg released his U.S. self-titled debut album on April 9, 2013 (via Mercury).  Bugg is a very different artist from the most popular British imports in similar age –…

Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream: Album Analysis


Miguel • Kaleidoscope Dream • RCA • US Release Date: October 2, 2012 Introduction Miguel (Pimentel) is a member of an elite group of R&B singers.  Where Usher and Chris Brown are aiming for pop/electro crossover tactics as of late, Miguel is a member of a league that includes Frank Ocean positioning them as the…