‘folklore’ by Taylor Swift – The Taylor Swift Album I’ve Been Waiting For

So I am by no means a ‘Swiftie.’ Sure, I’ve listened to every song and even written a review of every album (links to those at the end of this post). And yeah, from 1989 onwards I’ve been fairly invested in her album rollouts, listening to new songs and watching new videos almost immediately after they dropped. But I’ve also consistently had negative opinions about … Continue reading ‘folklore’ by Taylor Swift – The Taylor Swift Album I’ve Been Waiting For

Album Anne-alaysis: Gaslighter by The Chicks

Genre: Country with tasteful dashes of pop Year: 2020Runtime: 46:54Total Number of Tracks: 12Songs you might know:– “Gaslighter”– “Sleep at Night”– “March March”– “Julianna Calm Down” My prior relationship with the album and artist: I freaking love The Chicks (still getting used to the new name). When I first got a boombox when I was 6 years old Fly was THE album I couldn’t stop playing … Continue reading Album Anne-alaysis: Gaslighter by The Chicks

A Definitive Ranking of all of One Direction’s 2010 X-Factor Performances

And by “definitive ranking” I mean “ranking I came to just now over the course of a few hours as I rewatched all these performances, bearing in mind I could do the same exercise a year from now and come to an entirely different conclusion.” But all that doesn’t fit in a headline, does it? 15. “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (Elton John) … Continue reading A Definitive Ranking of all of One Direction’s 2010 X-Factor Performances

Album Anne-alysis: Kid Krow by Conan Gray

Genre: That kind of semi-experimental synthpop that so many people are doing now that it’s arguably just regular pop.  Year: 2020 Runtime: 33:27 Total Number of Tracks: 12, including two interludes that are each under a minute long.  Songs you might know: – “Comfort Crowd” – “Wish I Was Sober” – “Maniac” – “Checkmate” – “The Story”  My prior relationship with the album and artist: … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: Kid Krow by Conan Gray

Album Anne-alysis: Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa

Genre: Pop  Year: 2020 Runtime: 37:17 Total Number of Tracks: 11 Songs you might know: – “Don’t Start Now” – “Physical” – “Break My Heart” My prior relationship with the album and artist: I remember really liking Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut, though I have trouble remembering specific songs from it. While she makes relatively generic pop music capitalizing on all the same trends as the … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa

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Album Anne-alysis: C A L M by 5 Seconds of Summer

Genre: Pop  Year: 2020 Runtime: 39:30 Total Number of Tracks: 13 Songs you might know: – “No Shame” – “Old Me” – “Easier” – “Teeth” – “Wildflower” My prior relationship with the album and artist: Like most people, 5 Seconds of Summer first became a blip on my radar when they started opening for One Direction. (Have I mentioned that I LOoooOOOOve One Direction lately? Because … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: C A L M by 5 Seconds of Summer

Album Anne-alysis: kelsea by Kelsea Ballerini

Genre: Pop with a country flavor. But by “country flavor” I mean in the way that La Croix is “fruit flavored.” Year: 2020 Runtime: 46:15 Total Number of Tracks: 13 Songs you might know:  – “club” – “homecoming queen?” – “the other girl” (ft. Halsey) My prior relationship with the album and artist: I liked Kelsea Ballerini’s first two albums and have reviewed them both if you’re curious. … Continue reading Album Anne-alysis: kelsea by Kelsea Ballerini

Album Anne-alaysis: My Name is Michael Holbrook by MIKA

Note: Prior iterations of these blog posts were known as “Album a Day” in reference to my 2019 pledge to listen to an album every day of 2019. Such posts have been re-branded as “Album Anne-alysis” because I usually don’t end up writing a blog post until long after my initial listen for that project. I’m also not putting any pressure on myself to review … Continue reading Album Anne-alaysis: My Name is Michael Holbrook by MIKA

So What the Hell Happened with Album a Day?

In January of last year, I proclaimed that in 2019 I would listen to an album every day of 2019, and I did just that. You may have seen various “Album a Day” posts throughout the year. Ultimately, I didn’t stay on top of the blogging aspect of this project to the extent I wish I had. But I also can’t say I regret this … Continue reading So What the Hell Happened with Album a Day?

Albums to Listen To Instead of Taylor Swift’s “Lover”

It’s that time again. That’s right, a new Taylor Swift album! I have a complicated relationship with Taylor and her work. Pretty much every album she’s ever made consists of the following: – Several songs that I truly despise, either because I find their production obnoxious, their lyrics problematic, or some combination of both. – Several okay songs that I didn’t truly despise initially, but … Continue reading Albums to Listen To Instead of Taylor Swift’s “Lover”