THE KNOCKS — SHADES

Rating: 4.6/5 The Knocks’ “Shades” is an anthem of happiness perfect for Fourth of July Eve: Sometimes I gotta wear my shades ‘Cause there’s sunshine dripping down my face Don’t let these people lie to ya Don’t let ’em see ya smile too much They only tryna take it away Sometimes you gotta hide from ’em […]

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ALL TIME LOW — BIRTHDAY

Rating: 4/5 Every time I see a song title with any mention of birthdays, I’m always a little worried. Even though most iterations of birthday songs are pretty great — see: “Birthday” by Katy Perry, “Birthday Sex” by Jeremih, and, while it’s not in the title, “In Da Club” by 50 Cent — but there’s […]

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YEARS & YEARS — PALO SANTO

Rating: 4.5/5 This track is infectious. But, not in the traditional bubblegum-pop can’t-help-but-sing-along way. It’s the Ted Bundy of music: it’s eerie and haunting, but also charming, warm, and inviting. Palo Santo is a natural wood incense used by the indigenous people of the Andes to cleanse and purify spirits and to purge evil. As a UK-based […]

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DEMI LOVATO — SOBER

Rating: 5/5 Demi Lovato is the underrated version of Ed Sheeran: in today’s pop music landscape rife with filler and immaturity, both artists are brutally honest, vulnerable, and magnificent musicians. “Sober” is Lovato’s admittance that she broke her sobriety, which she has always been very vocal about. In the song, she apologizes to her family […]

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ALY & AJ — GOOD LOVE

Rating: 3.5/5 Millennials rejoice: Aly & AJ are back! Being millennials themselves, A & A slide into the twenty-tens just as easily as a creep slides into your dating profile inbox, even though their last release was in 2007. The sisters’ voices are still indistinguishable, but “Good Love” is a steady track that, at best, […]

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