Shake the Spirit – Elle King

Mom: I’m glad we have the chance to review an Elle King album, since you’re the person who first made me aware of this singer we both enjoy. I’m also happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed King’s second album, Shake the Spirit. Although the songs on this album came from a rough period in the singer’s life (a quickie marriage to a man she’d known … Continue reading Shake the Spirit – Elle King

Room 25 – Noname

Mom Warning: Some of these songs contain explicit language and themes. Millennial: I have been hearing so much about Noname. On Youtube, on music blogs, and even in the news. I had never listened to her music before except her collaborations with Chance the Rapper. Since she is coming to ACL, and we are both trying to figure out who else we want to see at … Continue reading Room 25 – Noname

Can’t Wake Up – Shakey Graves

This week, Mom and the Millennial are doing something a little bit different. One of Mom’s friends asked what we thought of Shakey Graves’ latest album, Can’t Wake Up. Mom already had an opinion, but decided the Millennial should weigh in as well, even though the album’s been out a few months. If any of our readers have something in particular you’d like us to … Continue reading Can’t Wake Up – Shakey Graves

Sweetener – Ariana Grande

Mom: When you suggested reviewing Ariana Grande’s new album, Sweetener, I wasn’t happy. I think of her as one of the representatives of some of the things I hate most about Top 40 music: overly-produced instrumentation, reliance on melismas and other show-offy vocal acrobatics, and mediocre song writing. I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to Sweetener. Not that I think I’ll … Continue reading Sweetener – Ariana Grande

finding it hard to smile – lovelytheband

Millennial: lovelytheband is one of the bands I want to see at the Austin City Limits Music Festival this year! I haven’t really listened to them much before, but they just released a new album, finding it hard to smile, so I was excited to see what they had to offer. The band’s songs cover topics that hit home for me, specifically the ones on … Continue reading finding it hard to smile – lovelytheband

Please Don’t Be Dead – Fantastic Negrito

Mom warning: Some of the lyrics quoted in this review, and the audio included contain strong language. Mom: Although it was released more than a month ago, we’ve been wanting to review Please Don’t Be Dead by Fantastic Negrito, because we’re both fans of the singer and his latest album, and because he’s not widely known and we want to spread the word! Although I … Continue reading Please Don’t Be Dead – Fantastic Negrito

The Now Now – Gorillaz

Millennial: I’ve come to expect years of hiatus between Gorillaz albums, so when I found out they were releasing their newest album so soon after last year’s Humanz, , I was excited. Not a lot of other people did, but I really liked Humanz and the newer sound Damon Albarn (co-founder, lead singer and main songwriter for Gorillaz) was bringing for the group. It was … Continue reading The Now Now – Gorillaz

EVERYTHING IS LOVE – The Carters

Mom: It was a pleasant surprise when EVERYTHING IS LOVE by The Carters (better known as Beyoncé and Jay-Z) dropped on June 16. I LOVE Beyoncé, and I’m also somewhat of a Hova fan. This new album seems to be third in an unintentional trilogy. Lemonade was about Beyoncé’s feelings of betrayal and anger at being cheated on, 4:44 was Jay-Z’s contrite confession of, and … Continue reading EVERYTHING IS LOVE – The Carters

Things Change – American Aquarium

Mom: Things Change is an apt title for the latest album by Raleigh-based alt-country band, American Aquarium. First, with the exception of founder and singer-songwriter BJ Barham, the band has an entirely new lineup. Second, in the last few years, the 34-year-old Barham has gotten sober, gotten married, and become a parent. Finally, many songs on the album are about changing times in a changing … Continue reading Things Change – American Aquarium