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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 into one 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

Julien Baker grew up in Tennessee, attending Church and learning on her father’s guitar. She played in Star Killer and … Continue Reading Julien Baker

Big Thief

Indie folk and Americana band Big Thief are based in Brooklyn, but their sound recalls the rustic feel of The … Continue Reading Big Thief

Burna Boy

Nigeria’s Burna Boy was born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu. He’s connected with Nigerian musical royalty – his grandfather once managed Afrobeat … Continue Reading Burna Boy

Charly Bliss

Brooklyn power-pop band Charly Bliss date back to 2011, when Eva Hendricks, vocalist and guitarist, recorded an EP with guitarist … Continue Reading Charly Bliss

Brandy Clark

Brandy Clark was born in Morton, Washington, a small logging town. She grew up enamoured with country, naming the Patsy … Continue Reading Brandy Clark

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande-Butera was born in Boca Raton, Florida, from an Italian-American heritage. She started her career in musicals and as … Continue Reading Ariana Grande


A trio of sisters from California, HAIM take their name from Este, Danielle, and Alana’s surname. The group grew up … Continue Reading HAIM

Jason Isbell Southeastern

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell joined Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley as a guitarist and vocalist in acclaimed Southern Rock band, The Drive-By … Continue Reading Jason Isbell

Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen placed third on Canadian Idol in 2007, performing songs by Janis Ian and Rickie Lee Jones. She … Continue Reading Carly Rae Jepsen


Mitski Miyawaki was born in Japan to an American father and Japanese mother. She studied at Purchase College’s Conservatory of … Continue Reading Mitski

Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe Robinson is an intimidatingly talented auteur. As a musician, she’s a capable singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, and dancer, … Continue Reading Janelle Monáe

Kacey Musgraves

Born in Texas, a year before fellow country star Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves has followed a markedly different musical path. … Continue Reading Kacey Musgraves

Angel Olsen

Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen hails from St. Louis Missouri, where she was raised by a foster family. Because of the age … Continue Reading Angel Olsen

Taylor Swift

When I started this site, I wouldn’t have considered reviewing a country-pop teenage starlet, but Taylor Swift has enjoyed a … Continue Reading Taylor Swift


Math-rock band tricot formed in Kyoto in 2010, releasing their debut album in 2013. Tricot spent time as an all-female … Continue Reading tricot

Vampire Weekend

Ezra Koenig and drummer Chris Tomson started playing together in a rap collaboration named “L’Homme Run” while attending Columbia University. … Continue Reading Vampire Weekend

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware is the UK’s most likeable mainstream pop star; I struggle with mega-sellers like Adele and Ed Sheeran, but … Continue Reading Jessie Ware

Jamila Woods

Chicago’s Jamila Woods is a recording artist and a writer. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Africana … Continue Reading Jamila Woods

Charli XCX

Charlotte Emma Aitchison took her stage name from her teenage MSN Messenger handle. Of part Indian heritage, Aitchison experiences sound-to-colour synaesthesia, … Continue Reading Charli XCX

The 1975

The 1975 formed as a high school band in Wilmslow, Cheshire, where a council worker organised frequent gigs for teenagers. … Continue Reading The 1975

2010s Miscellany

This page collects album reviews for 2010s artists whom I’ve only reviewed one or two albums. In 2018 I started … Continue Reading 2010s Miscellany