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Kendrick Lamar “untitled unmastered.”cover170x170

Kendrick Lamar’s newest album release, “untitled unmastered,” features songs that were either pulled from other albums or made for concert performances only. The release came as a surprise to listeners, as no one thought he’d be able to put out an entire album so quickly after the previous “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The first track, “untitled 01” gives a solid introduction to the album. I felt it was nothing out of the ordinary for Kendrick. The second track is where the album came through the most. By my standards, it was the best song on the tracklist by a good margin. The intro was fresh and new, something different from previous songs, and the beat hit like no other. By the end of the album, I was only satisfied by a few of the songs, and the flow was lacking. This is because of the album just being a compilation of previously unreleased songs. In my opinion, the album served its purpose and gave Kendrick’s fans another chunk of music while he works on his next project.

Miike Snow “iii”Miike Snow

Miike Snow was previously just someone I knew of due to his hit single “Animals,” so seeing an entire album from him was refreshing. The album was kind of a toss up when it came to theme. The start had more of a pop feel to it with some techno beats, combined with piano throughout, however as I moved through the rest of the songs, they almost seemed to veer off course. At times, the music slowed down, giving the listener a break from an upbeat and fast-paced project. “I Feel The Weight” stuck out to me for these reasons and gave me a chance to listen to more of the lyrical side of the album. I found the nonstop auto tune to be annoying, and think that the album could’ve been much better without it. Miike Snow has a good voice, so it really threw me for a loop hearing so much of the music being auto tuned.

Bahamas “Bahamas is Afie”Bahamas is Afie

Bahamas has come to be one of my go-to bands, and with the most recent album, “Bahamas is Afie,” that is only solidified. The first song on the album, “Waves,” has a catchy guitar tune throughout with soothing instrumentals in the background. Bahamas reminds me of Lord Huron, only with more song diversity. Each song has its own unique sound and each song covers something new. With every song there’s another story to be told, and that’s not something you can say for most albums. One of my favorites from the band, “All The Time,” gives me a calming beach vibe. It reminds me of specific Beach Boys songs, and has an almost trance-like chorus. This is one of my all time favorites, and thanks to the diversity in tones and style, it deserves a 9.5.

Glendale High School Quill Springfield, Missouri
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