On Feb.14, our ears were blessed with several new album releases. If you’re looking for musical incentives to make it to spring break, I suggest you take a listen to some of these recent drops. Although all released on the same date, these albums span a variety of genres.
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“The Slow Rush” by Tame Impala
This psychedelic rock album features a dozen songs, totalling 57 minutes of listening time. Keeping a theme of electro beats and a prominent bass, the unconventional sound provides a unique, yet highly enjoyable listen. I recommend listening to this album while doing some homework or just relaxing. My favorite songs on the album are “Glimmer” and “It Might Be Time.” In this new album, Impala manages to maintain his signature music style, while also featuring new sounds.
“Carly Pearce” by Carly Pearce
If you’re looking to add 13 new songs to your country playlist, you should definitely give this a listen. Although it follows the traditional instruments and storytelling techniques of most country songs, this album features Pearce’s unique voice with empowering lyrics. If you’re looking to get into a good mood, I recommend listening to “Dashboard Jesus” and “Heart’s Going out Of Its Mind.” But, if you’re looking to embrace your feels, I suggest listening to “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” featuring Lee Brice, and “Love Has No Heart.” Pearce’s bluegrass-style allows these new songs to easily stand out.
“Artist 2.0” by A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
Rapper A Boogie Wit da Hoodie dropped 20 new hip-hop songs featuring a calm, rhythmic beat, making them catchy and musically versatile listens. In “Cinderella Story,” he raps in Spanish, making it a more diverse and interesting listen. Personally, my favorites on the album are “Me and My Guitar” and “Another Day Gone,” featuring Khalid; both consist of mellow tunes. Specifically, “Thug Love” is one of the only features included in this album featuring his original rap style.
“Changes” by Justin Bieber
The former tween heartthrob released 17 songs with his new album. Although most of the pop songs have the same sound, the album deserves a good review. Prominently, some of Bieber’s songs encompass the sounds of pop mixed with R&B. If you were looking to add a few new songs to your “Chill” playlist, I recommend adding “Confirmation,” “Habitual” and “Second Emotion,” featuring Travis Scott. Although the overplayed “Yummy,” is the album’s downfall, the inclusion of “Yummy - Summer Walker Remix” allows for a smooth recovery because Walker’s angelic vocals provide a modern alternative.