Review: Austin Mahone, ‘The Secret (EP)’


The Secret proves to be an enjoyable and sound introduction to Austin Mahone Austin Mahone • The Secret (EP) • Chase/Cash Money • US Release Date: May 27, 2014 Maturity seems to be a portion of formula that burgeoning pop singer Austin Mahone is opting for in both his career and on his debut EP,…

Music Shopping List: 7 Albums to Consider Purchasing May 26, 2014


May continues to be an impressive month for new album releases – whew, April was lacking! The May 27th release date may not be the sexiest of the month, but it’s hard to call it a ‘bust’ when Mariah Carey is in the mix.  Throw in the latest teen heartthrob (Austin Mahone) and there seems…

Review: Coldplay, ‘Ghost Stories’


On sixth album Ghost Stories, Coldplay opt for subtlety, mysteriousness, and restraint. Coldplay • Ghost Stories • Parlophone • US Release Date: May 19, 2014  “I’m kind of a big deal”. That quote perfectly describes any album released by British alt-rock band Coldplay. Anytime the collective releases a new single or new album, you just…

Review: Lily Allen, ‘Sheezus’


 Allen’s third album Sheezus proves to be an artistic statement, even at its most flawed Lily Allen • Sheezus • Parlophone • US Release Date: May 6, 2014 Sometimes, even music critics find themselves confused or ‘on the fence’ about an album. Several listens can endear that confounding album to the respective critic, or make them further…

Review: Hunter Hayes, ‘Storyline’


Storyline is an enjoyable listen that highlights Hayes’ strengths more often than not  Hunter Hayes • Storyline • Atlantic • US Release Date: May 6, 2014 With all the talk of “blurred lines” these days, young country singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes very much exemplifies that sentiment throughout his albums. His latest album, Storyline, is no different….