2010s Album Reviews

As time has gone on, music has splintered further into sub-genres. Technology has allowed anyone with the inclination to make and release an album, and it’s also easier for music fans to focus their attention on a single obscure sub-genre. It’s possible that someone’s making great music in their room, and the rest of the world won’t find out until fifty years later.

As well as the cultural dominance of hip hop, the 2010s has seen mainstream pop music be taken seriously and flourish. It’s not surprising people have gravitated towards escapism in this decade of environmental concerns and Donald Trump as President of the United States.

Julien Baker Album Reviews

Julien Baker Album Reviews
Julien Baker grew up in Tennessee, attending Church and learning on her father's guitar. She played in Star Killer and Forrister, before she recorded demos that didn't fit her band....

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Big Thief Album Reviews

Big Thief Album Reviews
Indie folk and Americana band Big Thief are based in Brooklyn, but their sound recalls the rustic feel of The Band, Gillian Welch, and Neil Young. Along with songwriter, guitarist,...

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Burna Boy Album Reviews

Burna Boy Album Reviews
Nigeria’s Burna Boy was born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu. He’s connected with Nigerian musical royalty – his grandfather once managed Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. His star is clearly on the rise;...

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Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss
Brooklyn power-pop band Charly Bliss date back to 2011, when Eva Hendricks, vocalist and guitarist, recorded an EP with guitarist Spencer Fox. The duo were joined by Eva's brother Sam...

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Brandy Clark

Brandy Clark
Brandy Clark was born in Morton, Washington, a small logging town. She grew up enamoured with country, naming the Patsy Cline movie Sweet Dreams as a particularly vivid influence. She...

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Lucy Dacus Album Reviews

Lucy Dacus Album Reviews
From Richmond, Virginia, Lucy Dacus is the daughter of a music teacher. She was raised in a Christian family, and her grappling with faith - a fervent believer in her...

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Lana Del Rey Album Reviews

Lana Del Rey Album Reviews
When Lana Del Rey emerged with the viral single ‘Video Games’ in 2011, she wasn’t someone who I expected to enjoy a long career. ‘Video Games’ had a unique atmosphere,...

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Ariana Grande Album Reviews

Ariana Grande Album Reviews
Ariana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida, from an Italian-American heritage. She started her career in musicals and as an actor, appearing on the teen series Victorious. She transitioned...

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HAIM

HAIM
A trio of sisters from California, HAIM take their name from Este, Danielle, and Alana's surname. The group grew up playing in a cover band, Rockinhaim, with their parents; their father...

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Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell joined Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley as a guitarist and vocalist in acclaimed Southern Rock band, The Drive-By Truckers, in 2002. He immediately impressed with songs like ‘Outfit’,...

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Carly Rae Jepsen Album Reviews

Carly Rae Jepsen Album Reviews
Carly Rae Jepsen placed third on Canadian Idol in 2007, performing songs by Janis Ian and Rickie Lee Jones. She made a likeable coffee-shop pop album in 2008, which was...

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Little Simz Album Reviews

Little Simz Album Reviews
Little Simz is a London-based rapper, singer, and actor with Nigerian heritage. She became a public figure in her mid-teens; in 2010 she appeared in the TV series Spirit Warriors and...

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Mitski Album Reviews

Mitski Album Reviews
Mitski Miyawaki was born in Japan to an American father and Japanese mother. She studied at Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music, during which she self-released her first two albums, 2012's...

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Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe Robinson is an intimidatingly talented auteur. As a musician, she's a capable singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, and dancer, as well as a record label owner. She also makes...

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Kacey Musgraves Album Reviews

Kacey Musgraves Album Reviews
Born in Texas, a year before fellow country star Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves has followed a markedly different musical path. Swift is the golden girl, whose albums go to number...

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Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen hails from St. Louis Missouri, where she was raised by a foster family. Because of the age difference between herself and her foster family, she often wondered...

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Natalie Prass Album Reviews

Natalie Prass Album Reviews
Natalie Prass was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She went to Berklee College of Music and served as a keyboardist in Jenny Lewis’ backing band....

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Rosalía

Rosalía
Rosalia Vila Tobella was raised in a small town in northern Barcelona, Spain. She was singing with her father at the age of 7, although she mostly listened to music...

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
When I started this site, I wouldn’t have considered reviewing a country-pop teenage starlet, but Taylor Swift has enjoyed a phenomenally successful career where she’s transcended genre boundaries. Named after...

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tricot Album Reviews

tricot Album Reviews
Math-rock band tricot formed in Kyoto in 2010, releasing their debut album in 2013. Tricot spent time as an all-female trio, but drummer Yuusuke Yoshida was added in 2017. Yoshida...

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Tyler, The Creator Album Reviews

Tyler, The Creator Album Reviews
Tyler Gregory Okonma, better known as Tyler, the Creator, has enjoyed a rapid career evolution over the last decade. He's of Igbo ancestry on his father's side. He started as...

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Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend
Ezra Koenig and drummer Chris Tomson started playing together in a rap collaboration named "L'Homme Run" while attending Columbia University. The pair were interested in punk and African music, and...

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Jessie Ware Album Reviews

Jessie Ware Album Reviews
Jessie Ware is the UK’s most likeable mainstream pop star; I struggle with mega-sellers like Adele and Ed Sheeran, but Ware’s low-key personality is adorable. Her 2012 debut Devotion was...

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Jamila Woods

Jamila Woods
Chicago's Jamila Woods is a recording artist and a writer. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Theater & Performance Studies. Her poetry has been...

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Charli XCX Album Reviews

Charli XCX Album Reviews
Charlotte Emma Aitchison took her stage name from her teenage MSN Messenger handle. Of part Indian heritage, Aitchison experiences sound-to-colour synaesthesia, where she sees sounds as colours - a phenomenon shared...

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The 1975

The 1975
The 1975 formed as a high school band in Wilmslow, Cheshire, where a council worker organised frequent gigs for teenagers. Vocalist and guitarist Matty Healy, the son of prominent actors,...

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2010s Miscellany

2010s Miscellany
This page collects album reviews for 2010s artists whom I've only reviewed one or two albums. In 2018 I started covering new albums regularly, so this page is very heavy...

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