Review: reputation

Review: reputation

As the 1989 era comes to a close, a new dawn is upon us. After more than three years, Taylor Swift has released her sixth studio album, reputation. Taylor has come along way from riding shotgun with her hair undone and dancing in a storm in her best dress, fearless. reputation sheds a whole new light on Swift’s most intimate moments and shows a side of her that we’ve only caught glimpses of before.

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Review: Lovely Little Lonely

Review: Lovely Little Lonely

A band like The Maine just can’t be reviewed. Many people who read Under The Rockies are probably familiar with the fact that The Maine are one of my favourite bands. When the band released “American Candy” in 2015, I found myself listening to the record as a critic, and not as a fan, which is why this website began in the first place. Amidst that mistake, I learned my lesson, and I’ve now returned to listening to music in the same way that I did when I was younger, as a fan and not a critic.

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Review: The Magic

Review: The Magic

When a band plays together for a long period of time, a few things occur. Some continue to develop and acquire a vast knowledge for the relationships amongst music. Sadly, and more commonly, instead of reinventing themselves over the years, many groups get stuck in a musical rut and continue to produce the exact same content. Luckily, while although The Magic is Deerhoof’s tenth album, the LP consists of material that surges with creativity and originality. Deerhoof’s The Magic is exceptionally entertaining because while although they have been playing for decades, the band still experiments with the types of sounds that they can produce. Never predictable, and commonly in languages other than English, The Magic produces sounds and songs that do not require the support of the album to shine on their own.

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Review: California

Review: California

You can say what you want about Blink 182. Say that they sold out 10 or 15 years ago or that they’re nothing more than a band that reminds you of high school. You can say that they keep putting out the same, average material. But isn’t something better than nothing? It’s one of those questions a music fan has to ask themselves, and it’s a difficult one. Would we rather have our favourite bands just stop making music altogether, or risk them putting out monotonous records in formulaic fashion? It’s in many ways a rhetorical question, because artists ultimately get to make that decision - and not for our sake. Blink 182 have been back on the radar ever since the internet exploded when Tom Delonge left/quit/whatever really happened, and with their latest album, California, they intend to stay here.

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Review: Weaves

Review: Weaves

While Weaves may be the first time full LP that we’ve received from Weaves, hopefully it is the first of many albums to come. The self-titled album blurs the constricting restraints of designated genres, and sails across a mixture of styles such as punk, pop, and hints of grunge rock. Perfectly weird, and as approachable as old friends, Weaves encapsulates all of the qualities required for making a solid debut album. It grips the audience with its range of entrancing capabilities, while still leaving them thirsty for more. Packed with techniques that get in your face, as well as mellow rhythms that are more hypnotic than comforting, Weaves checks off every indie lover’s criteria for a good album.

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Review: Hedley

Review: Hedley

Hedley are the band that always come back. They’re the small town Canadian boys with a dream that plugged and plugged away, and a decade later, seem to have found the formula to success in the Canadian market. While their live show might be similar each time, sticking to arena antics like funny introduction videos and transitions, launching t-shirts from a t-shirt gun, and even playing a song from in the crowd, they will always come back, but in a way that’s different than before. 

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Review: Nonagon Infinity

Review: Nonagon Infinity

The newest release from Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard definitely packs a punch. Nonagon Infinity is a relentless album that rarely allows room for recuperation.  The album's pacing is so extreme at times that it can be exhausting. Without a doubt, Nonagon Infinity is the fastest and most energetic album that Under The Rockies has reviewed this year so far. 

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Review: Cleopatra

Review: Cleopatra

It has been four years since The Lumineers released their debut album. Their self-titled record captured the hearts of indie and folk lovers everywhere within its first few bars. Carrying the runaway hit “Ho Hey”, along with other fan favorites such as “Dead Sea” and “Stubborn Love”, the group left excellent first impressions on the indie/folk community. After the album was dropped, fans were left waiting in four long years of silence, deprived of even the slightest taste of a follow up track. Now that their latest album Cleopatra has been released, it is clear that the wait was well worth it. The acoustic trio has produced another album of soulful storytelling, and simplistic melodies. By releasing Cleopatra, The Lumineers have proved that when it comes to music, they prioritize quality over quantity.

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Review: I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

Review: I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

The 1975’s self titled debut release was an album I needed to hear in 2013. It remains one of my favorite albums to date. When they announced follow up plans, leaving fans to wait until 2016 for a new album, I was nervous. The band’s sophomore release, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, is a continuation from where the band left us hanging. While it sounds totally different, it still possesses that fantastic element that makes The 1975, well, The 1975. It can be easily argued that this album is unoriginal, but The 1975 have always had something slightly different about them that makes them believable. If any other band made music like this today, would it be believable?

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