Album Review: Women In Music Pt. III – HAIM

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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Album Review: Taylor Swift – Evermore

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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Album Review: Taylor Swift – Folklore

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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Album Review: Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?

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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