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First Impressions: Pusha T – Darkest Before Dawn

Pusha T brings heat to late December with the best hip hop album of the year. Continue reading

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First Impressions: Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

Music like Julien Baker’s could save us all. I wanted to let that breathe for a second, because I can’t think of the last time I’ve felt someone… Continue reading

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First Impressions: Coldplay – Ghost Stories

Coldplay’s sixth studio album travels inward, finding hope in an atmospheric album about broken connections. It’s two in the morning and my one-bedroom apartment feels especially empty. I should probably put the A/C unit in the window and go to sleep, but … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

The sequel to Eminem’s best album falls way short of its predecessor, but it’s a step in the right direction. There’s a moment about eight and a half minutes into Eminem’s newest comeback album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, when … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne

The sk8r girl gives her music career another shot, and the results sound kind of familiar. Is it possible for Avril Lavigne to be relevant in pop music anymore? It’s an interesting question because it implicitly asks what made her … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Icona Pop – This Is… Icona Pop

The Swedish duo’s US debut is filled with dancefloor jams to prove that “I Love It” was no fluke. Well, they did it. That’s what I kept thinking throughout my first listen of This Is…Icona Pop, the debut full-length from newly crowned … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Jack Johnson – From Here To Now To You

Jack Johnson’s first album in four years finds the singer-songwriter in a more content and musically diverse mood. September 17th? What the hell, Jack? After trying and failing to enjoy 2010’s snoozefest To The Sea, I began to wonder if … Continue reading

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