Album Review: Lana Del Rey’s “Born To Die”

[First published on Switchcam’s Posterous blog on 3.9.2012] Somewhere from the deep sea of Youtube musicians, Lana Del Rey emerged from a shell carried forth to the shore of pop consciousness by homemade music video froth. That’s about as accurate a narrative as the one Interscope wove for her, since they’re sticking to the trailer […]

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Album Review: Bon Iver

[First published in Cliché Magazine on 7.3.2011] Listening to Bon Iver’s Bon Iver is an activity comparable to lying in the grass of a vast garden replete with brightly colored flowers. Patches of crimson, and marigold, and periwinkle, and violet, and peach on grassy beds, verdant and luscious with dew. On a gently sunny day, with a cloud or two […]

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Beyoncé’s 4: A Review

[First published in Cliché Magazine on 6.16.2011] If you’re in midst of a heartbreak, you’re in luck. Leaked weeks before its scheduled June 28 release, Beyoncé’s latest album, 4, is chock-full of ballads devoted to soulful passion that chronicles the pining, sentimental vacillation, and romantic anguish of a breakup.

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