Sylvan Esso, What Now

SYLVAN ESSO, WHAT NOW

(LOMA VISTA) - APRIL 28, 2017

After the immense success of "Coffee" and their debut self-titled record in 2014, the folk-electronic-pop duo of Sylvan Esso finally returns with a new full-length. While it may not be nearly as catchy as a whole, What Now is an experimental transition to more electronic, but just as much melancholy modern pop as before. The singles are the best tracks here, but the album works nonetheless as a great new chapter for the ban

Standout tracks: "Die Young", "Radio", "Signal"

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Coin, How Will You Know If You Never Try

COIN, HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU NEVER TRY

(COLUMBIA RECORDS) - APRIL 21, 2017

Coin has been rocking Nashville airwaves and stages for a few years now, but they're finally coming into the mainstream and picking up speed with a lot more fans. Their debut self-titled got picked up by Columbia, with its catchy pop tracks, and now they've come full circle with another full-length of more of the same. While it might not be a very big departure from what they did before, Coin knows pop rock, and does it well, every single track. Another solid effort to put forth. 

Standout tracks: "Boyfriend", "Talk Too Much", "Malibu 1992"

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Kendrick Lamar, Damn.

KENDRICK LAMAR, DAMN.

(AFTERMATH) - APRIL 14, 2017

There's not a ton to say, except that this is the album I've been waiting for. Kendrick's finally gone in on a full album of just straight fire. The beats are better than they've ever been, the hooks are solid, and his lyrical content makes you think harder than ever. And yes, I was afraid when I saw U2 on one track, but it works. Don't worry about it. 

Standout tracks: "DNA", "FEEL", "LOYALTY"

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Cold War Kids, LA Divine

COLD WAR KIDS, LA DIVINE

(CAPITOL RECORDS) - APRIL 7, 2017

Cold War Kids are relatively underrated in my opinion. While hits have been abound from previous records, this one feels like the most complete. The entire record is just a solid piece of work, using the same pop rock fun they've used in the past. Vocalist Nathan Willett has never sounded better than LA Divine, and I didn't feel like I had to skip past any tracks at all. Just an all around fun, rocking album of good tracks. Even the band themselves consider this record to be the best collective of what they've ever done. I can solidly agree. And "So Tied Up" features a huge up and comer: Bishop Briggs. Easily the best cut on here.

Standout tracks: "Love Is Mystical", "Can We Hang On?", "So Tied Up"

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