By Ben King
Short n’ sweet would have been a more appropriate title for Olivia Rodrigo’s album, but Sour, the debut LP by the 18-year-old singer, is nevertheless a commendable first effort. Released on May 21, 2021, the album was preceded by three excellent singles, with Drivers License, the lead, becoming an unexpected smash hit that served to further the anticipation for the album. Coming in at only 35 minutes with 11 tracks, Rodrigo wastes no time detailing her feelings, thoughts, and emotions on the limited tracklist. Sour is a scathing, poignant record that blends sounds to create a project that is able to stand on its own.
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By Ben King
HAIM, comprised of the sister trio Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, have had quite the year. After delaying their third full length for a number of months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the record would eventually release on June 26, 2020, to widespread critical acclaim. The album would go on to be nominated for album of the year at the 2021 Grammy awards, as well as their song, The Steps, being nominated for best rock performance. The band even produced not one, but two collaborations with the biggest star on the planet, Taylor Swift. Women In Music Pt. III, is a triumphant collection of tracks that pulse with a familiarity of warmth and spirit.
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By Ben King
Taylor Swift has done it again; a mere 5 months after her acclaimed LP Folklore dropped unexpectedly, she released her second great album of 2020 with Evermore – announced mere hours before dropping. It certainly seems like Swift has grown to care for this release strategy as both records were announced less than 24 hours before their release. In the era of constant consumption, where artists are expected to deliver music videos, live shows, photoshoots, and interviews all within one album cycle, Swift has reached a point in her career where she’d rather let the music speak for itself. Described by Swift herself as a “sister” record to its predecessor, the 17 track album proves that Folklore was not a fluke record and that she has slipped comfortably into this new genre as one slips into their most beloved cardigan.
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We ask the readers and contributors of The Richview Voice their favourite songs of 2020. Here were their responses: Continue reading Favourite Songs of 2020
By Ben King
The date was April 27th. Taylor Swift had posted a photo on Instagram, with the caption, “Not a lot going on at the moment.” A mere 3 months later, Swift would announce the release of her 8th studio album titled Folklore – coming out in less than 24 hours. Folklore in its entirety was conceived in lockdown, which means the record was written, produced, mastered and engineered all within just 4 months – proving that an incredible record doesn’t need to be harboured for months on end, and that sometimes your intuition trumps your perfectionism.
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By Ben King
In a year where hitting a jam packed dance floor can be considered a crime, there has been a recent influx of albums created for that sole purpose. Dua Lipa with Future Nostalgia, Lady Gaga with Chromatica, and Kylie Minogue with the aptly titled Disco, are just a few examples of albums created specifically for the dance floor that have debuted this year alone. While these projects are excellent endeavors, they don’t quite reach the bar Jessie Ware set with her fourth studio album, titled What’s Your Pleasure.
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Emily Reynolds Drake’s ever-lasting love for Toronto, or “the 6”, was clear as day during his October 8th concert at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto’s beloved rapper had to cancel three shows on his Summer Sixteen Tour, including one in Toronto, due to an injured ankle. He managed, however, to hold it together for one show in his hometown. … Continue reading Welcome Home 6 God
I love concerts. To me, there’s nothing better than seeing your favourite band come out on stage and being in the audience, dancing, singing and jamming out. I’m no professional concert-goer, really, but I think I’ve been to enough to share my personal advice and experience. Here are my personal tips for going to concerts that I’ve picked up over the years. Enjoy! Wear closed-toed … Continue reading Emily’s Concert Tips
By Alexis Apostolidis Teen Dream – Beach House Beach House is a dream-pop band consisting of Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand. Teen Dream is their third album and it starts off with “Zebra” a catchy song with a calm positive feel. It’s a great spring time track. “Silversoul” is beachy and sounds a bit droned in a good way. It feels very laidback, retro and … Continue reading Two Bands You Should Be Listening To
By Laura MacInnes-Rae After a dramatic lash-out from front man Billie Joe Armstrong in September at iHeartRadio; the postponement of Green Day’s 2013 tour was announced due to Armstrong’s rehabilitation admittance. However, just six months later, Green Day seems to have pulled it together again and has at last eased back into its familiar tour scene. Last Thursday, the guys appeared on stage for their … Continue reading GREEN DAY BOUNCES BACK FROM iHEARTRADIO INCIDENT