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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Top Artists of Last Month

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Top Artists of Last Month

This week I’ll be going over my top ten most-played artists of the past month, according to last.fm., and ranting briefly about why they are where they are on my rank. Summer has officially disbanded as far as education is concerned, but seeing as the past month was august, there’s plenty of end-of-summer jams on […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: A Few New Tunes

Kevin’s Music Reviews: A Few New Tunes

Ariana Grande – My Everything As a follow-up to her debut album Yours Truly, Ariana Grande’s latest pop delight package employs her brand of R&B chart-pop to decidedly lukewarm reception from critics. I can’t say I don’t disagree – the sexy and breezy “Love Me Harder” is my standout, but then so much of the […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne 2004, PS2

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne 2004, PS2

Though far from gaming’s most cherished soundtrack, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne isn’t one that should be ignored. However, that just might be exactly the problem. In a genre reigned by the compositional genius and thematic excellence of masterminds such as Nobuo Uematsu, the soundtrack’s possibly most unfortunate circumstance is that it belongs to a JRPG. […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Sawa – Welcome to Sa-World

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Sawa – Welcome to Sa-World

Sawa isn’t like most Japanese electropop idols. Instead of swimming in cutesy appeal and gaudy theatrics, she likes to go snapping pictures of ghosts in haunted mansions and go golfing with giraffes. She wore a ducky neck pillow on her head in one photo. She’s a little bit more Kyary than she is Perfume, living […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: Sonic Coaster Pop – Super Miracle Circuit

Kevin’s Music Reviews: Sonic Coaster Pop – Super Miracle Circuit

Now here’s a love-or-hate album. As if cutesy, energized Japanese electro-pop (ala Perfume and Capsule) wasn’t love-or-hate enough, Super Miracle Circuit is, kind of like that Xzibit meme, something that’s loved or hated in a genre that is itself, well, loved or hated (yo dawg..) All of this amounts to what’s invariably a niche listen, […]

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Kevin’s Music Reviews: 新しいデラックスライフ (New Life DeLuxe)

Kevin’s Music Reviews: 新しいデラックスライフ (New Life DeLuxe)

Here is a truly bizarre album, especially taken out of the context of its genre. I had trouble finding this album for obvious reasons – for one thing I can’t type in Japanese, and my only exposure to this album at the time was though a “vaporwave essentials” image, which of course I can’t copy […]

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Kevin’s Music Review: PS1 Soundtrack – Revelations: Persona

Kevin’s Music Review: PS1 Soundtrack – Revelations: Persona

In an era where JRPGs were still a genre of D&D motifs and high-fantasy as far as western gamers were concerned, the elusive Shin Megami Tensei franchise was decidedly a departure from what was considered normal. Even more so, when Final Fantasy VII had yet to popularize the genre, one of the few games in […]

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