The Observer

Cardi B makes “Money Moves” on debut album

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In a raw and unfiltered telling of her story, Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” marks her arrival onto the hip-hop scene, making it clear that she’s here to stay. The debut album features 13 tracks, including Cardi’s breakout number one single “Bodak Yellow,” and a wide variety of collabora...

Twenty to a New Million

F.E. Abouelsoud, Staff Reporter

October 14, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

22, A Million sheds a new light on an untouched side of Bon Iver, one that is filled with raw emotion. Upon first listen, one may be confused in the face of this new sound that he has displayed. However a second run through is necessary. As one listens through the layers of emotion, the familiar soun...

The Lumineers play to their strengths

The Lumineers play to their strengths

Ariel Raj, Contributing Reporter

April 22, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“But I was late for this, late for that, late for the love of my life, / And when I die alone, when I die alone, when I die, I'll be on time,” sings Wesley Schultz, the lead singer of the Lumineers. The heart-wrenching lyrics of the titular track of the the band’s second album, “Cleopatra”...

The life of Kanye

The life of Kanye

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

A lot has changed for Kanye West since he last released an album. He became a legitimate fashion designer, he got married and he became a father. While being an influence in the rap industry, he has garnered massive attention in recent years for his outlandish actions. What could West possibly have in...

New Chairlift album fails to inspire

Charlie Topel, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

As a casual Chairlift listener, I’ve always noticed that the indie pop outfit from Brooklyn has been in a weird place, musically. You probably remember them best for “Bruises,” a sing-song synth track from their debut album “Does You Inspire You.” This song was everywhere in the late 2000s,...

Samfox’s new EP “The Feels” gets emotional

Samfox’s new EP “The Feels” gets emotional

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print

January 15, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Samfox’s upcoming EP ‘The Feels’ is appropriately named. Filled with growling vocals full of anger, dance-happy guitar riffs and sluggish rhythms, the local band cycles through a range of emotions in the span of just six songs. The band formed not too long ago, played a handful of shows at local...

David Bowie says goodbye with “Blackstar”

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

January 15, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On the morning of Jan. 10, the world awoke in shock to learn of the death of David Bowie, popular music’s legendary chameleon, fashion icon and fearless innovator. Just two days after the artist’s 69th birthday, Bowie succumbed to an 18-month battle with liver cancer. In his passing, the Starman...

Ellie Goulding gets lost in “Delirium”

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In “Delirium,” Ellie Goulding’s third album, Goulding follows the pop formula very well: catchy vocals + emotional lyrics + heavy beat with dance breaks. But no one who hears any song from this album will think it’s anyone but Ellie Goulding because of her distinctive icy vocals. Her voice can...

Dive into new Joanna Newsom album

Dive into new Joanna Newsom album

Charlie Topel, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

When harpist Joanna Newsom debuted with “The Milk-Eyed Mender” in 2004, the then-22-year-old’s verbose lyricism, antiquated folk instrumentation and “untrainable” voice piqued the interests of listeners and critics alike. Most people, however, viewed the album as a fairly standard folk album...

Silence and sound from The Neighbourhood

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 6, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The Neighbourhood is definitely an atmospheric band. It’s a dark night on the beach, and you’re exhaling smoke. That’s the feel of “Wiped Out!,” the band’s latest album. They used the “wall of sound” technique on every track, where several different instruments are layered over each other. But...

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