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Jack White Review Royale: Lazaretto

Jack White Lazaretto Review Royale

  Jack White has had a busy last year in the public for all the wrong reasons: he dissed fellow bluesman Dan Auerbach, ripped on his old bandmate Meg White and many others in Rolling Stone, and got divorced from his wife Karen Elson. After all the media mess, Jack White delivered a really classy apology on his website for all the comments and now looks to make the music the center of attention once again with his second solo

Coldplay Review Royale: Ghost Stories

Coldplay Ghost Stories Review royale

Wes’ Words There are few media punching bags bigger than Coldplay. Yes, you have your Nickelbacks, Justin Biebers, and Shia Lebeoufs, but no one is less deserving of all the ragging they get than Coldplay. Sure they aren’t exactly hip and have dipped since their first few albums, but I would argue their biggest crime is being too earnest and wearing their heart on their sleeves. Sure Chris Martin is a bit of a cheeseball, but he has written some

Black Keys Review Royale: Turn Blue

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Wes’s Words Akron Ohio blues duo the Black Keys have become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, and really one of the only big rock bands in the world. In a world dominated by hip hop and EDM culture, the Black Keys have managed to make a name for themselves on old-school macho blues rock, something that just doesn’t happen anymore. While some would cry sellout on the Black Keys since their 2010 megabreakout Brothers, I would

Beck Review Royale: Morning Phase

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Beck Morning Phase Wes’s Thoughts Two albums quickly come to mind as comparison points for Beck’s first studio album in 6 years: Beck’s previous departure into folk, 2002’s Sea Change, and the ultra-specific and ultra-personal Benji from Sun Kil Moon. Morning Phase in many ways acts as the sequel to Sea Change, with Beck shedding his chameleon coat for a straightforward and earnest singer/songwriter record. Sea Change happened following a breakup, and while it was beautiful at points, the overall

M.I.A. Review Royale: Matangi

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M.I.A. Matangi Nearly two years after the release of  “Bad Girls”, one of M.I.A.’s biggest singles to date, as well as a slew of three additional pre-releases, we now finally have the mother album to go with these albumless tracks, Matangi. After the non-success of her last album, MAYA (which I personally thought to be great) M.I.A. hit a creative wall, in which she was not only struggling with studio execs pressuring her to make another Kala, but was also

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