As we are starting to quickly approach the halfway mark of the year so many artists are releasing their albums and this week some big names dropping albums including Post Malone, Janelle Monae, Keith Urban, Anne-Marie and Missy Higgins. While some other artists like Shawn Mendes announced the release date of their new records. Check out some of the reviews below.
ALBUM REVIEW: Post Malone - Beerbongs & Bentleys
It almost feels like Post Malone has just blown up overnight but the singer-songwriter has been non-stop touring since 2016 and slowly crept into the mainstream circuit within the past 12 months. He’s become a force to be reckoned with sell out shows all over the world, multiple number ones and one hell of a supportive fanbase. His highly anticipated sophomore record “Beerbongs & Bentleys” is an 18 track collection of high energy and melodic hip-hop that perfectly combines the moods of 4am stoner reflection and in the moment angst. The album start off a slow with the mid tempo tracks “Paranoid” and ‘Rich & Sad”. But then he turns up the energy with the explosive “Rockstar” and angsty “Over Now” which will have you wanting to blast it while driving down a freeway. Lead single “Psycho” is a perfect representation of the melodic hip-hop sound that he delivers on the majority of this album. “Better Now” and “Otherside” stand out as some of the strongest tracks on this album because of this really genuine sound. While “Stay” introduces a stripped back acoustic guitar lead sound which surprisingly really suits him. His songwriting hasn't really evolved with him manly singing about the same topics as his debut album but there is a slight growth in his maturity on the more stripped back songs. The only downfall of this album is it’s length. It really could have been shortened to provide a bigger impact as some of this material crept into the filler category. However his fans are going to appreciate all 18 tracks and have this album on continuous replay so they aren’t really going to care.
ALBUM REVIEW: Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
“Dirty Computer” is an experimental and bold collection of tracks that showcase an impressive growth of Janelle as an artist. However because the album is quite artsy and delivers a DIY styled production it is sadly going to be one that is quite heavily slept on. But it is also one that is going to grow on a lot of people and will be really complimented by her upcoming live shows as it is a very visual experience. “Make Me Feel” and “Pynk” are your big, catchy pop moments that are full of shiny production intertwined with DIY RNB beats. They are really cool representations of how her music has evolved over the years and while she has leaned towards a heavier RNB influence there is still a hint of the funky jams you were previously acquainted with. One of the standout moments is the mid tempo RNB balled “I Like That” which hears her crooning over a really simple and soulful production. Her vocals really take shine on this track that oozes pure sex appeal with the seductive and empowering lyrics. She revisits her funky and groovy production on the tracks “Take A Byte” and “Crazy, Classic, Life” which are cool throwback moments that sonically remind me of her last record. “Screwed” feat. Zoe Kravitz is an angsty track that reflects on the state of America and can also be taken as a sexual innuendo. Which is a cool two meaning track that will have you vibing instantly. However it was the Pharrell Williams produced “I Got The Juice” which disappoints massively as its uninspired and sounds like every Pharrell song ever created. But otherwise she impresses with an record which is going to be heaven for a music nerd because it’s so different.