Album Review: HEROES AND VILLAINS

Review by: Shrija Shandilya Artist: Metro Boomin Rating: 5/5 As a sequel to the star-studded album NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES, HEROES AND VILLAINS plays to the strengths of all featured artists while incorporating Metro Boomin’s innovative take on trap to create a captivating yet cohesive album.   The first track, “On Time”, starts the album off bright and uplifting, featuring […]

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Album Review: Her Loss

Review by: Ali Sami Artist: Drake Rating: 4.5/5 “21, Can you do something for me?” Drake and 21 Savage’s most recent album, Her Loss, was released on November 4, 2022, and the duo did not miss. The album consists of 16 songs with a playing time of exactly an hour. Travis Scott was the only feature on the album, and […]

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Album Review: Midnights

Review by: Ali Sami Artist: Drake Rating: 4.5/5 Self-loathing, fantasizing about revenge, wondering what could have been, falling in love and falling apart. Through 13 beautifully crafted new songs, Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights, delivered on every single one of these five emotions. The album created an array of sounds and feelings that encompass the idea of “midnight.” Three hours […]

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Album Review: Entergalactic

Review by: Ali Sami Artist: Kid Cudi Rating: 4/5 Grammy Award-winning rapper, “Kid Cudi,” dropped “Entergalactic,” which could potentially be his last album, on September 30, 2022. Entergalactic consists of 15 songs and has a duration of 45 minutes, with features from Don Toliver, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and many other acclaimed artists. Kid Cudi took a detour from […]

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Album Review: HDTV

Review by: Sean Speidel Artist: Tai Verdes Rating: 3/5 Breakout artist Tai Verdes’ second studio album, HDTV, proved that Verdes is more than a “one-hit-wonder” After gaining popularity on Tiktok for songs such as “A-O-K” and “Stuck In The Middle,” Verdes’ new release HDTV is an attempt to show that he is more than just a TikTok artist.   Overall, the […]

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Album Review: Traumazine

Review by: Shrija Shandilya Artist: Megan Thee Stallion Rating: 4/5 Megan Thee Stallion’s second studio album, Traumazine, is a perfect showcase of her iconic sound and versatility as an artist.   Megan Thee Stallion has had one of the most explosive careers of the late 2000s. Ever since her rise to fame in 2019, Megan’s influence has extended beyond the music […]

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Movie Review: Top Gun: Maverick

Review by: Ava Yungbluth Directed by: Joseph Kosinski Rating: 4.5/5  Some watched for the planes, some for the personalities, and others for pure nostalgia, but everyone was able to find something they enjoyed after watching Top Gun: Maverick.  The opening credits of Top Gun: Maverick showed a sequence of planes being readied on an aircraft carrier before taking off to […]

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Artist Spotlight: Pavement

Alisha Verma | The Chronicle Formed in Stockton, California in 1989 by Stephen Malkmus and Scott Kannberg, Pavement has cemented itself as one of the most influential bands to come out of the 90s alternative rock scene. Whether he’s playfully half-singing, or shedding a blood-curdling scream, lead vocalist and guitarist Stephen Malkmus’ voice exudes an effortless charm reminiscent of a […]

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Album Review: Come Home the Kids Miss You

Review by: Bradyn Johnson Artist: Jack Harlow Rating: 3.5/5 Jack Harlow’s newest album, Come Home The Kids Miss You attempts to highlight his budding life in the music industry. Throughout the album I noticed that it was not super cohesive, the overall instrumentals and features like Drake, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne were one of the main things […]

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Album Review: Familia

Review by: Sean Speidel Artist: Camila Cabello Rating: 1/5 Camila Cabello’s third studio album, Familia, is an attempt to provide a deeper look into the heartache and self doubt caused by her breakup with longtime boyfriend Shawn Mendes. Unfortunately, the lack of a coherent sound prevents the supposed familial theme of the album from fully developing. Familia’s largest drawback is […]

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Album Review: Crash

Review by: Savannah Libby Artist: Charli XCX Rating: 3/5 Charli XCX’s fifth studio album Crash is the product of a turbulent mix of Charli’s passionate feelings about straying from the traditional path during her music career, explaining how she never conformed to the expectations set for her by Atlantic Records. The opening track “Crash” contains heartfelt lyricism, displaying synth and […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: INDIGO DE SOUZA

Della Johnson | Editor-in-Chief Indie rock artist Indigo De Souza exemplifies putting one’s soul into their music. Her dynamically complex discography offers emotional confessions and raw vocals, often shaking with passion and constantly contrasting her yells with softer croons, ranging into an objectively impressive higher register. Though dropping a few songs prior, her first prominent release was her 2018 album […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Earthling

Review by: Alisha Verma Artist: Eddie Vedder Rating: 3/5 Eddie Vedder’s Earthling is a return to form after 2011’s quaint Ukulele Songs, as his signature howling baritone and pulsating guitar the world has come to know and love from his days as the frontman of the legendary grunge band Pearl Jam are front and center. His first solo album in […]

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Unknown T

Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle Years after drill rap’s original conception in Chicago courtesy of Chief Keef, the rap subgenre has found new life in the UK courtesy of rappers like 22 year old Unknown T. His breakthrough hit, “Homerton B” was the first drill song from the UK to be certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry, and found […]

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Album Review: Dawn FM (The Weeknd)

Review by: Sean Speidel Artist: The Weeknd Rating: 3.5/5 The Weeknd’s latest release, Dawn FM, is an all-around immersive experience reminiscent of the pop music of the 1980s. Although he has been featured on several hit songs such as “Hurricane” by Kanye West and “One Right Now” by Post Malone, The Weeknd has not released an album since After Hours […]

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EXPERIMENTAL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Aditya Thiyag | The Chronicle As an up and coming musician, it can be extremely tempting to follow trends that are prevalent within the mainstream at the time. However, multiple artists have found success by taking the road less traveled and experimenting immediately; from hip-hop to pop music, these four artists are redefining modern music and breaking boundaries. FKA Twigs: Born […]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Scenic Drive (The Tape)

Review by: Aditya Thiyag Artist: Khalid Rating: 1.5/5 Khalid’s debut mixtape is an underwhelming effort from an artist seemingly incapable of growth with a star-studded feature list and warbly, soul-hop production. Almost immediately, the tracks all start to bleed into one another, with Khalid doing nothing to elevate the identically low tempo instrumentals and continuing to harmonize with middling lyricism […]

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