When I discovered The Struts on YouTube I did a double take. Not only was the singer Luke Spiller dressed, moving, and sounding like a young Freddie Mercury the song had a distinctly Queen vibe. That song was, “Could Have Been Me”. From that single I found my way to “Kiss This”, and my absolute favorite, “Put Your Money on Me”. I followed the band, fascinated with this vocalist who could have been Freddie Mercury and Joan Jett’s love child. I knew that The Struts were a fresh and edgy version of a “boy band” in some ways, and in others, they came across as seasoned artists doing their own thing. This was approximately 2015, and I was still late to the party, The Struts had already been together for about six years and had one full-length album out titled, Everybody Wants. When I found out they were going to release another album I was excited for them, and couldn’t wait to get it. Released in 2018, Young & Dangerous seemed to be a hit. All kinds of people who had never heard of the band were suddenly all about Mr. Spiller and his band mates. There’s nothing better than someone saying, “Oh you’ve got to hear this new song!” and being able to reply with, “Yeah, I heard it about four years ago, it’s on my playlist along with everything else by them.”
Tame Impala’s Perfection of a Smooth, Layered and Intergalactic Journey of Letting Go and Building the Perfect Intimacy with Album Currents.
This Psych-Rock Australian artist is so flawless with his craft and clearly deserved the Grammy Awards for he received for Best Alternative Music Album and the ARIA Music Awards he won for Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Currents in 2015. For me Tame Impala truly took my breath away with how amazing he gets down in the studio producing and the vocals that he lays, I was in love when I first heard him and ever since then. I love Tame Impala’s way with words, “I’m a man, woman. Don’t always think before I do. ‘Cause I’m a man, woman. That’s the only answer I’ve got for you. I’m a human, human,” leaving a wondrous effect on the mind, with flexible outlooks. “I have a conscious and its never fooled but its prune to being overruled, You wanna know what I always think I’m bind by, you never accept defeat or let it slide,” showing a transparency in a weakness and showing of defeat in the song “Cause I’m A Man.” These are just a few of the risks that Tame Impala takes on Currents, but the production is also out of this world and doesn’t seem or feel like this was by mistake. There is a massive woke energy present on Currents it doesn’t fade or disappear clearly there is a recycling theme of consciousness. The album also stikes a new embarking in music than we’ve seen before on former albums as we see Tame Impala transitioning to more a dance disposition with fixations of guitar & synthesizers, for some club crossover rock star hits.
Taylor Swift has always been familiar with drama in music and love areas which inspired her in making new singles or even the whole albums about it. The album Reputation is her response to the disses by Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian West, and a famous singer Katy Perry. When it comes to Kanye West and his wife, all of the drama began back in 2009 when Kanye insulted Taylor publicly. Kanye made a scene at the VMAs when he rushed the stage and told Taylor Swift: “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” That made the whole world take Taylor's side in this drama and turn against Kanye. It looked so wrong, rude and disrespectful! Taylor was only 19 years old back then and he totally ruined her special moment. He apologized the same year. But was it sincere? In 2010, his apology inspired her to make a song "Innocent" after which Kanye kept apologizing. But, suddenly, in 2013 Kanye said he doesn't feel sorry for what he did back in 2009 and regrets his apology. Two years later, they finally found peace and became friends. It didn't take Kanye long to cause new drama with the release of his song "Famous" in which he, in front of the whole world, insulted Taylor with lines: "For all my Southside niggas that know me best I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex Why? I made that bitch famous (Goddamn) I made that bitch famous" in which he claimed to be the one who made Taylor Swift famous because, after the scene in 2009, her popularity increased drastically. He took the role of the victim here and Kim and him released the video of Taylor agreeing to these lyrics but in the video is shown that she heard only the lines: "For all my Southside niggas that know me best I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex" not the two lines after these where he took the credits for her popularity and success. Taylor released a statement where she said she wasn't aware of the lyric "I made that bitch famous" and that she's totally not okay with that. She also added Kanye wanting her to promote the single on her Twitter feed which she, of course, refused to do. Four days after Kanye's song was released, Taylor won an award for her album 1989 after what she said: "There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame, but if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world." and we can all see who is she referring this to. On November 10th, 2017 Taylor released a new album called Reputation and she gave us much to talk about!
Youngblood is the third studio album by Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer. It was released on June 15th, 2018 and it was named by one of the songs on the album. Luke Hemmings, one of the band members, said: Youngblood represented the whole album we felt. It’s the band’s favorite song. It felt the most important as a song. Youngblood as a term and a phrase summed up how we felt making it." Making of this album made band members close, says Michael Clifford: "I struggled to see the end vision, like what the album was meant to look like. Making Youngblood was probably the most important thing that 5 Seconds of Summer have had to do. The connection that we had to have between us four in order to finish something like this that was a difficult album to make for a ton of reasons. The thing that I’ll remember forever is the close bond that we had together, the bond that we needed to have together in order to get to the finished product. "In the US, 5 Seconds of Summer became the first Australian deed to achieve three chart-toppers on the Billboard 200 chart and the album became their third number one album in their country.
After the first three official albums, twenty one pilots’ Trench had a lot to live up to. The band has long explored mental illness and personal struggles, which many fans have both related to and found comfort in. This album continues to explore these themes, but includes strong themes of hope, alliance with others, and escape. In addition to being a solid album musically, Trench addresses a new, in-between stage of dealing with personal struggles and explores the artist’s relationships to people in their personal lives, and their audience.