Review: Simple Plan’s ‘Taking One For The Team’ Perfectly Blends Familiar Pop Punk & New Experimentation

Simple Plan's new album, Taking One For The Team, has been long in the making. The band first started writing for it in 2014, and after premiering "Boom" live at the end of the year, they kicked off 2015 by entering the studio to officially begin recording. Since last spring, Simple Plan has released a…

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Review: Lana Del Rey Masterfully Balances Old Cinema & Other-Worldly Opulence On ‘Honeymoon’

Lana Del Rey's last album, Ultarviolence, came out only a year ago. It showed depth and a clear evolution in her sound, and Lana wasted no time getting started on her next record. She was inspired and motivated, and by early 2015 we were hearing about Honeymoon. Lana has mentioned that Honeymoon would be more…

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Review: Ghost Is Better Than Ever On Grandly Vintage New Album ‘Meliora’

Ghost is back with their third album, Meliora, a name which tellingly means "the pursuit of something better." As with their first two albums, Ghost continues to recreate the past while pushing new boundaries, and have crafted an album that gets better with each new listen. Ghost has always drawn on vintage inspirations. Their first album, Opus…

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Review: Hilary Duff Makes Strong Pop Comeback With ‘Breathe In. Breathe Out.’

Hilary Duff has been out of the game for a while. Once a teen queen of cheery pop songs, Hilary put her career on hold after releasing her last album, Dignity, in 2007. Dignity represented an impressive shift in sound for Hilary: While her prior albums had fit neatly into the teen pop and pop rock…

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Review: ‘Drones’ Is Muse’s Best Album In A Decade

Muse has spent the last decade growing ever bigger and more grandiose. From humble beginnings in the south of England, the trio transformed from a simple three-piece rock band to a world famous group known for pushing boundaries into uncharted territory, incorporating dubstep, orchestras, synths, and suites of thematic tracks. Muse's last album, 2012's The 2nd…

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Review: Periphery’s “Juggernaut: Alpha” & “Juggernaut: Omega”

Periphery's concept album Juggernaut has been long in the making. It started as guitarist Misha Mansoor's plan for an extended composition made up of different sections. Eventually, this plan turned into a whole album - a double album, that is. The concept album known as Juggernaut was supposed to come out a few months after…

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Review: “Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness”

Andrew McMahon is one of those artists that isn't afraid to reinvent himself. And not just once - he's transformed his sound and moniker a few times now. Early fans were lucky to see him as the pop punk leader in Something Corporate in the early 2000s; a few years later, he unveiled a new…

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Review: Amy Lee’s “Aftermath”

The moment is finally here: Amy Lee has just released her first solo album, Aftermath. The music was written for and inspired by the independent film, War Story, and as such, it is quite the departure from Amy's work with Evanescence. This record shows another side of Amy - a side that isn't afraid to experiment…

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