Young the Giant: Home of the Strange

★★★★☆ "Home of the Strange" by the alternative-rock band Young the Giant, is the California based band's third album which was released on August 12, 2016. Its first song Amerika, has a great introduction; quiet, mysterious, and collected. Contribution cool combinations between verses. They communicate ideas about what it means to live in America while identifying the various immigrant roots and the pathologies of the band members. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia is a first generation American of Indian heritage. The second song on the album "Something to Believe In" begins with the lyrics ’hoo’ ‘ha’ creating a tribal, organic, and interesting dynamic for the rest of the song. Intermixing referen

Bon Iver: 22, A Million

★★★★☆ The September 30th release of Bon Iver’s “22, A Million” provides the best of Justin Vernon’s originality and progression, establishing itself as the one of the most unique sounding albums of 2016. The combination of Justin Vernon’s poetic lyricism and the wide variety of instruments reshape our idea of what a melody can sound like and how beautifully bewitching a composition can be. Throughout the album, Vernon tells stories about love and loss, but his focus remains on conveying the emotion of the story that he is telling as opposed to focusing on the details of his own personal experience. This, then, makes it relatable to the listener, creating a sense of a connection between song

Teenage Fanclub: Here

★★★★☆ Returning with their 10th studio album, Scottish power pop giants Teenage Fanclub come back from a six year hiatus with Here, their most subtle and easy going album in their 25 year plus career. Back in the yesteryear of 1991 where the word “grunge” was at a cultural zenith in every imaginable way, long haired, flannel wearing, apathetic bands that relied on guitar feedback as much as they did songwriting were in abundance from both sides of the pond. Some rocketed into success and became cultural mainstays while most faded into obscurity, in the case of Teenage Fanclub neither of these were the case. By the time their second album Bandwagonesque had come out, they were projected to b

Chase Huglin: You Deserve an Island

★★★★☆ Mid-terms are coming up guys, so I figured I would review an album that will help us all to relax. From the same vein as artists such as Plug in Stereo and the disgraced Front Porch Step comes Invogue Record’s Chase Huglin. His album “You Deserve an Island” is hipster, record store indie rock, done well. This album could be called saccharine by some, but I call it passionate, and representative of the views held by many people our age. The album was so successful that it received acclaim from the band Hawthorne Heights The album begins with the adorable “wind chimes” and yes, the song does incorporate wind chimes. The title track is short as to give but a taste what is to come. The son