May 25, 2017

Bieber releases ‘Believe Acoustic’: Latest release abandons computer enhanced beats for acoustics

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor With the distribution of Justin Bieber’s latest re-release, “Believe Acoustic,” the question of whether or not the original release was good enough to even get a re-release arises. While the answer might be a simple no, “Believe Acoustic,” does much more for its audience than first anticipated. Although some tracks benefit from the different instrumental breakdowns – “Boyfriend” and “Take You”  – the majority of the re-released songs represent dry and depleted versions of the original tracks. The opening track, “Boyfriend,” is the only track on the album to fully display Bieber’s immense potential through…

Genson, Kholodov focus on music, pursue careers at early ages

by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief While contemporary and electronic music do not seem to have much in common from a listener’s standpoint, comparisons can be seen between composers Michael Genson and Matt Kholodov, seniors. Contemporary Music Genson began composing music his freshman year. “As soon as I get home from school, I begin to compose,” Genson said. “I’m a big fan of contemporary and band music.” According to Genson, contemporary music provides the most variety of orchestration styles, techniques and complexity to alter with, as opposed to the 4-5-1, bass, guitar, drums and vocals of pop music. Genson plays the trombone…

October’s underrated treats: Goulding’s ‘Halcyon’ explores combination of new wave, pop

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor The highly anticipated release of Ellie Goulding’s sophomore effort, “Halcyon,” which was released on Oct. 9, drew immediate attention from critics and fans alike. The standard album features 14 tracks that resemble Goulding’s emotional experience with heartbreak. The lead single, “Anything Could Happen,” which is currently climbing up the billboard hot 100, introduces a new blend of sounds into the pop world. The hook, although it is simple, has been deemed as one of the best from the album. Fusing elements of pop and electro, followed by a basic chorus, “Anything” strays away from Goulding’s…

P!nk reemerges with ‘The Truth about Love’

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor With the release of her sixth studio album, “The Truth About Love,” P!nk continues to define herself as one of music industry’s most influential and talented artists. The 13-track album features the sultry lead single, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” which has found its place in the top 10 of the billboard hot 100. The anthemic single features a hard-hitting chorus about women empowerment and independence. “Try” is undoubtedly the strongest track on an album full of potential hits. “Where there is desire, there is gonna be a flame. Where there is a flame, someone’s…

McCarley returns with sophomore album, features appealing tracks

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Alternative pop star Erin McCarley returns with a follow up to her debut album, “Love, Save the Empty.” Without much promotion, Mccarley’s sophomore effort, “My Stadium Electric,” has failed to crack the top 20 on the iTunes album chart. Despite an expected low debut for “My Stadium Love” on the U.S. Billboard 200, which calculates the top 200 albums based on weekly sales, the album manages to surpass expectations after the release of the lead single, “Elevator.” “Elevator” was neither good nor bad, but it failed to leave an impression among critics and fans alike….