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With the Platinum Edition reissue of the 2013 bombshell “Beyoncé,” Queen Bey has released a new single that is simultaneously disarming and calculated.
The opening of “Hood Billionaire,” Rick Ross’s newest album, is an imagined multi-million-dollar drug deal arranged via collect call from prison. “Intro,” this conversation-turned-opening-track, is an appropriate start to the album, since it’s about as clichéd and brazen as the rest of the material on “Hood Billionaire.”
Honestly, the degree of commitment vis-à-vis the actual quality of the album is embarrassing. There’s something fundamentally lame about this wasted effort—the listener is left with a small kernel of pity for this anachronistic dinosaur of an album that makes it impossible to regard with anything more than condescension.
There’s a strange pleasure in beholding this album—like holding a high-grade, expensive drill or some other piece of uninspired utilitarian hardware.
Dylan R. Schaffer offers some hope for the music industry moving forward and offers some tips for becoming a thoughtful consumer of music.
“’Tis a Pity She Was a Whore,” David Bowie’s newly released single off the upcoming retrospective “Nothing Has Changed,” blends classic rock music and modernism with flair typical of the iconic art rocker.
There are stretches of “pom pom” that are honest and quite beautiful. But Pink layers on so much irony that it is hard to know what to take seriously.
The Nostalgics perform indoors. Left-to-right: Sarah Reid '15, Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey '13, Leah Reis-Dennis '13, Alex Cherenfant '13
The Nostalgics Performing. Left-to-right: Will Fletcher '12, Ben Naddaff-Hafrey '13, Noah Guiney '13, Sarah Reid '15, Leah Reis-Dennis '13, Alex Cherenfant '13, Nick Toyne (berklee kid), Patrick Lauppe '13, Jack Cashion '13, Rachel Horn '14, Charles Gertler '13 (bottom)