ALESSIA CARA — GROWING PAINS

Rating: 2.9/5 When a then-19-year-old Alessia Cara was touring with Coldplay during their 2016 tour, I was shocked by her poise. She had just skyrocketed to fame with her debut single, “Here,” and was on tour with a world-renowned act; yet she held her own. She talked to the audience about her very-relatable struggles as […]

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YOUNG THE GIANT — SIMPLIFY

Rating: 2.5/5 The band that brought you “Cough Syrup” is back with a track that is, indeed, simpler than their past works. “Simplify” pales in comparison to the band’s past rock-heavy tracks. While Young The Giant has never been “hard,” they usually push their beats towards exciting, and “Simplify” sounds like they threw some chords together […]

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SABRINA CARPENTER — ALMOST LOVE

Rating: 4/5 Sabrina Carpenter really has a knack for melody. From “Thumbs” to “Why” to the current “Almost Love,” Carpenter’s songs have always stood out from the rest of the EDM landscape for their musical aptitude. Instead of relying on phat beats and bass drops to build a catchy tune, Carpenter uses techno beats as […]

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RICK ASTLEY — BEAUTIFUL LIFE

Rating: this. In other weird news, Rick Astley released a single this week!!! And it’s in anticipation of his upcoming July 20 album release of the same name!!! Wow. “Beautiful Life” is definitely an 80s jam, so I guess Astley has just been perfecting this sound for the last 30 years. If it was 1989, this […]

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DAUGHTRY — DEEP END

Rating: 2.8/5 It must be early 2000s comeback week, because not only did Daughtry release a track, but so did Mayday Parade. “Deep End” is very Nickelback-ish in its just-okay-ness, but as one of my favorite American Idol contestants ever, I have a soft spot for the North Carolinian. Daughtry has never been a great lyricist, and […]

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