Six years after its opening, the SOCH recording studio has fallen into disuse. Despite its goal of unifying campus musicians, the musical community at Harvard is as incohesive as it was when the space first opened. What happened to the studio and the vision that inspired it?
Upon his return from Samoa, Earl tweeted that “I anticipate a loss of fans [upon releasing ‘Doris’].” Earl Sweatshirt's sincere approach to “Doris” is enhanced by his usual astonishing lyricism. The internal rhyme schemes and relaxed delivery that helped made “Earl” so mesmerizing become the foundation of “Doris.”
Arctic Monkeys have reinvented themselves four times, once for every subsequent album, each time attacking the same themes and ideas from slightly different angles. “AM” is a logical next step in their development.
As the Flaming Lips' album develops, the tracks become more opaque and, at times, completely impalpable. The Lips cultivate an impersonal, synthetic sound, never coming close to sounding like a rock band.
Ultimately, a few promising tracks can’t save “Machineries of Joy” from mediocrity. The album opens weakly with its title track, which under-performs both in lyricism and composition. Unfortunately, the most fitting way to describe the remainder of “Machineries of Joy” is as a cliché of indie rock.
The success of “Utopia, Limited” ultimately rested on the Players’ ability to translate and package the satire of Gilbert and Sullivan’s original work. The Players’ rendition of this satire succeeded through their convincing portrayals of characters while remaining immediately relevant.
Arts writer Se-Ho B. Kim revisits Elliot Smith's emotionally resonant album, "XO." "Although “XO” is an album that taught me the art of breaking up, it ultimately helped me put myself back together. At the very least, it helped me come to terms with the part of me that wanted things to fall apart and for me to forget."
Last Sunday, My Bloody Valentine released their first album since November 4, 1991, two days before the KGB officially became defunct. The release of "mbv" brought them back to immediate relevance, to the delight of their fans. MBV isn't the only band returning to prominence this year, though—here are five other artists coming out of hibernation in 2013.
A work of art is inextricably linked to its artist: the works of Richard Wagner would not exist if Wagner were not the man that he was, and Wagner would not have been that man without creating his art. Should an artist’s personal life and character inform our understanding of their art?