In this series KTRM promotions director Matt Ragsdale will have a week in review for all things music so that you know what’s good, bad, and of course boujee.
A$AP Ferg – Mattress Remix
Although there isn’t enough on the album for me to write an in-depth review, there is however this track. The hook is bombastic, “I came a long way from the mattress, I used to jump on the mattress.” I have to stop there or else I would get a slap on the wrist from my editor. This track is certainly a fun bouncy tune and is reminiscent from a lot of the tracks I loved on Trap Lord.
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
I wrote about the lead single from this album here some weeks ago. Just as suspected back then, this album is great. Villains is a wholly new direction for QOTSA, exploring dancier tunes, as well as some added production. With producer to the stars Mark Ronson behind this album it really strives for a pop-garage rock feeling. All in all long-time listeners may not initially get on board because it is such a new direction for the band, but newcomers will enjoy the almost funky take on modern rock music.
Converge – Eve
Long time pioneers of hardcore punk Converge are back with a new single, Eve. This is the B-side from the lead single “I can Tell you About Pain.” For anyone unaware Converge has made a career from fast, ripping hardcore music. The rhythms and lyrics approach the zone of eardrum-destroying at times, but that’s why it’s so good. This new single sees the band taking on some more sonic variations. Give this track a listen if you’re into some harder music with a lot of character.
Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
Maybe a lot of you, like myself have been excited for a new Taylor Swift album. I’ll be the first one to say that 1989 was a fun pop album with a lot of heart. When I saw a new single from the pop star on the horizon I was nervous with anticipation. If you don’t want to read any further just know this song is really not that good. This single is the equivalent of an asymmetrical haircut after a breakup, and I was hoping for something more from Taylor. So far as I can tell T-Swift has made a career from a series of bad breakups and feuds with other pop stars. I will say this much, this track is not about a breakup, but it is definitely about her feud with Katy Perry,which she’s also already sang about. But wait this song could also be about Taylor’s feuds with Kanye, or Kim Kardashian, or about the ex-radio DJ David Mueller who groped her backstage after a 2013 concert. With all of the in fighting going on in the young stars it’s hard to tell who Swift is even referring to. Altogether this song is fun for a novelty, but it doesn’t reach the level that a diss track should, it needs to be more specific. Too much of Taylor’s career has been her trying to redefine herself through taking shots at people with her music, and now it looks like Taylor has been pushed too far. I hope we’re all ready for a Taylor Swift mad-as-hell hip hop album.
Sequencing exists for a reason.
Albums have a certain sequence for a reason. Usually sequencing can be necessary for plot development in a storyline, or because an album is supposed to have a certain feeling when it’s being played. Since the explosion of Spotify as well as other streaming services many people have tried their hand at crafting the perfect playlist, or will reorder albums to get a new story or vibe. I prefer listening to albums in full, from top to bottom because it follows the map the artists, or producers intended for the album to take. While there is some merit to this practice; Radiohead’s 01 and 10 album, or Tool’s 10,000 days hidden track, usually it amounts to someone listening to an album on shuffle, then telling me it was a completely new listening experience. While this practice may work better with albums that don’t follow a set storyline, or narrative it still impedes the original flow the album. Albums have high points and low points, which are used to make a more enjoyable listening experience. TV shows, movies, music all include arcs to make the consuming experience more enjoyable. Without an arc the balance is thrown off and the end result falls flat. So next time you listen to an album on shuffle and are suddenly enlightened to a whole new story, don’t tell me.