Much of the album’s greatness comes from this mature and sophisticated treatment of free will, which transcends the teenage-rebel ballads of contemporary bands. Ronnie’s progress through the underworld begins with his judgment at the hands of an unnamed chorus that shows him his life as a movie, numbering to him his earthly virtues, but more importantly, his failings.
The opening chords of the album immediately set the feel of "Surrender to the Fantasy." They are dissonant and jarring, yet syncopated and steady. The jumbled pounding of a guitar, bass, and drum kit comes in unrelenting waves, one after another, assaulting ears.
This piece clearly brought forth the greatest enthusiasm from the ensemble, whose handling of the piece was immaculate and whose dynamic range made for a powerful experience.
The record’s strongest moments are its catchiest. In each case, abrasive EDM breakdowns go hand-in-hand with soaring disco melodies. For those familiar with Gaga’s output, several tracks might uncannily bring to mind “The Fame” and “Born This Way.”
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This latest album is a complete departure from Cut Copy’s previous releases, enough so that it is difficult to discern whether it is a breath of fresh air or an overdone, hyperactive mess of electronic pop—with the scales tipping to the latter.
A capella group, KeyChange, performs Usher's Confessions at their concert, Back to 'Bassics' with Stephen Kim performing the solo. They performed at Lowell Lecture Hall on Friday and were supported by Kuumba at the intermission.
As always, Eminem is furious and unforgiving, taking pride in his willingness to spit lines that other rappers wouldn’t dare say. But on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” he begins to move away from lyricism in exchange for wordy tripe and shock value.
Josh Groban walks towards the crowd during his show at the TD Garden in Boston on October 28. Groban has sold over 25 million records worldwide.
Josh Groban plays at TD Garden in Boston surrounded by screaming fans on October 28. He chose to have a circular stage centered in the arena.
Josh Groban, surprised by seeing his reflection onscreen, jokes with the audience during his concert at the TD Garden in Boston on October 28.
Fitz and the Tantrums play at the House of Blues in Boston on October 28 while on their Bright Futures Tour. Capital Cities opened the show.