This has been one of my most highly anticipated albums this year. Jack Antonoff permeates the music industry, whether it’s his involvement in Taylor Swift’s Folklore/evermore (plus every album from 1989 onwards) or Lana Del Rey’s NFR! and Chemtrails Over the Country Club, and he has become vital in the creation of modern pop albums.
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Before listening to Taylor Swift's albums folklore and evermore, I had dismissed Taylor Swift’s work as something that did not suit my aesthetic tastes. I did appreciate her early work as a kid in the country music scene, but I had felt that she had sold out.
On top of reviewing a number of new tracks and albums, I want to toss the old retro track into the mix. Most of these will be deep cuts from classic artists, and I felt that this track was an absolutely legendary addition to a review list.
Dawes’ Good Luck with Whatever came out amidst a unique time in the modern world. To me, it feels like a return to a sort of identity of growth that evokes a feeling reminiscent of their 2011 album Nothing is Wrong, or even 2015's All Your Favorite Bands, which is arguably some of their best work. I felt excited when this album came out; I had become a fan in the wake of success from All Your Favorite Bands and We’re All Gonna Die, and the latter felt like an aesthetic mismatch to me. It was fun, don’t get me wrong, and works like “Roll with the Punches” were fantastic efforts. It just didn’t sit well with me. I just feel like this is a return to the sort of band that I had come to expect from the first few albums. It’s a lot more of a rocker than the experimental We’re All Gonna Die and the softer Passwords.
"You're walking down the street like it isn't a major pandemic. Your mask is off; it's a beautiful spring day, and you can't be bothered to think about the rest of the world going to utter chaos. You're vibin', and this is what's playing in your AirPods as you're strutting down the road without a single care in the world." -Fluffy Cat
It's Sunday. The sun is out. There's a breeze. You wanna be outside. You wanna be with friends. But, y'know, there's a global pandemic and all, so you're kinda stuck at the house. Don't worry though... Fluffy Cat's got you. Check out this positive vibes Spotify playlist while you dream of good things to come.