Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece

Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece

The first time I heard Lou Reed’s Berlin, I didn’t notice the distressing nature of the album.  The music was so beautiful that I forgot to listen to the lyrics, which follow the relationship between Caroline and Jim, a prostitute and a drug addict, respectively.  As the album progresses, we watch Jim become controlling and jealous, … Continue reading “Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece”

Album Review: “Humanz” by Gorillaz

Album Review: “Humanz” by Gorillaz

Virtual band Gorillaz has been teasing everyone for a while now, steadily dropping singles, remixes, a VR music video for “Saturnz Barz“, and an interactive app with exclusive Gorillaz content. Now, they have finally released their sensational album Humanz. It’s a tragic, dystopian concept album that wants you to dance until the world comes crashing down. … Continue reading “Album Review: “Humanz” by Gorillaz”

Kjartan Sveinsson – “Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen” Review

Kjartan Sveinsson – “Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen” Review

One important moment for me was a focused listen of everyone’s favorite Icelandic band’s “Untitled 3 – Samskeyti,” from their equally untitled 2002 album ( ). I’d known Sigur Rós’s album very well already, but until now its third track had been an interlude, a quiet, meditative instrumental bridge. “Samskeyti” did little more than settle … Continue reading “Kjartan Sveinsson – “Der Klang Der Offenbarung Des Göttlichen” Review”

American Football “LP2” Review

American Football “LP2” Review

It’s neither entirely fair nor feasibly avoidable to compare American Football’s second LP to their seminal first. The two share an eponym, inviting the designation LP2 for the new release. Their covers are, more or less, the same: a wide photograph of a house with a lit-up window, the band title with the same layout.  … Continue reading “American Football “LP2” Review”