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Headphones: The 1975 + Rihanna + More

Posted by Nathan Vinson on February 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Happy Friday, everyone! Welcome to another edition of Headphones! This week we’ll be covering The 1975’s new album, as well as Rihanna, The Scott Brothers, and much more. Let’s jump right in!

Album Review: 1975’s I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

The 1975’s new album is good. Really good.

Digging deep into the heart of 80s pop, 90s eurostep, and modern day electronic, with just a dash of gospel, the alternative rock band stepped up their game from their self titled debut album, while keeping the same spell binding lyrics. This album is exciting, meditative, slinky, and slick all at the same time. With all that being said let’s hop into some of my favorite tracks:

UGH! – This 90s flavored track is quite addictive, which is ironic considering the song is about drugs and its side effects. The trippy keyboard synths and swirling dance beat makes this track one of the best tunes on the album.

She’s American – The ongoing Michael Jackson-esqe guitar riff makes this track for me, as Matty Healy (the lead singer of the British band) tells the story of an encounter with a girl from another world (culturally speaking.)

Somebody Else – The synths and 80s sound continues on this melancholic track, as the singer attempts to describe feelings of “what if” in regards to his ex.

Loving Someone – This is arguably the best song on the album. From the lyrical content about how the media shapes how we think and act, to the Ed Sheeran like half rap/half sing combo the 1975 definitely put in work on this one!

If I Believe You – The gospel influence is all over this one, as Healy questions the existence of God and religion with the help of a spirited choir.

The Sound – The nod to Coldplay is evident on this bubbly track, as the booming bass and, eurostep synths, and Cece Peniston-esque piano runs will have your feet moving non-stop.

The 17-track album is available for purchase on iTunes, and is currently at No. 1 on the overall iTunes Album Chart. I recommend this album to any lover of 80s pop and alternative rock. This adventurous album has set the standard for alt-rock albums so far, who will raise the bar?

The Week in Music

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Country: On Feb. 10, The Scott Brothers, better known as HGTV’s Property Brothers, released the music video for their new single “Hold On.” Although it’s unknown if the folksy, acoustic guitar-lead single is an indication of an upcoming album, I’ll definitely keep my eyes and ear open.

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Pop: Four-man band Lukas Graham released their new song “Mama Said” this past week (which jams by the way) but it’s the band’s somber lead single “7 Years” that gained a surge in popularity. The song reached the top 3 on the overall iTunes charts, and rose 15 spots to No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Their self-titled debut album is due for release on March 25th.

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Rap: Kanye West FINALLY released his long awaited album, “The Life of Pablo” on Valentine’s Day as a TiDAL exclusive. The album is his most spiritual one yet, and, as expected, is a work of musical art. If you want to give the album a listen, you’d have to get a TiDAL subscription since Kanye announced that the album will never be on iTunes. In the meantime, you can watch his exclusive interview with radio personality Big Boy.

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R&B: After releasing the Travis Scott assisted remix to his song “Waves,” Miguel released an entire EP of remixes for the song, entitled “Rogue Waves.” The best collaboration by far is the stripped, bluesy remix featuring Country superstar Kacey Musgraves, so give it a listen in the video above.

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#AubRih: This week has been a good to Rihanna as her club jam “Work” reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The song, which features Drake, saw a huge gain in sales after she released the double video this past Monday. The two also performed the song this past Wednesday at the BRIT Awards, which aired on Fuse. With all of this attention surrounding the two this past week, expect to see “Work” hold down that No. 1 position for the next few weeks.

That it for the week in music, see you next Friday!

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