Radiohead – Hail to the Thief

By the band’s own admission, Hail to the Thief is kind of a mess.1 Exhausted (and rightly so) from the Kid A/Amnesiac sessions, Radiohead opted for an organic, spontaneous recording environment for their sixth studio album, relocating to the Hollywood area and writing songs in studio rather than meticulously planning them out through computers and…

Blink-182 – Dude Ranch

Blink-182 is a band with whom one¬†grows up.1 “Dammit” is a fun four-chord pop punk single, but it hits a different note upon that first romantic break-up. The necessity of being alone – as hard as it may be – is outlined in “Waggy;” and adolescent tribulations between parents are discussed in “Dick Lips.” Dude…

Paramore – Paramore

Paramore’s 2013 self-titled release is a fantastic pop punk album with new wave influences, but it is bloated. With seventeen tracks in 63 minutes (not including two bonus tracks), there’s bound to be filler. It happens; no matter how good an artist is, it’s hard to keep the spell going on a long album. The…