Album Picks: Here Come The Runts

AWOLNATION is an American alternative rock band, formed in 2009 by Aaron Bruno. Most known for their hit top hit “Sail,” and other great tracks like “Woman Woman” and “Hollow Moon (Bad Wold),” the band has risen to be iconic and incredibly dynamic for their genre. Always playing with new styles, the release of their newest album, “Here Come The Runts,” was exciting for all fans of alternative, not just the band. Here are the top picks from AWOLNATION’s “Here Come The Runts.”

“Passion”

AWOLNATION is known for their blending of styles within their tracks, and “Passion” is no different. The stark contrast between deep bass electronic and steady beats can be a recipe for a terrible track, but AWOLNATION has perfected the craft and ensured an incredible tune.

“Handyman”

That being said, the band can perform individual genres very well. “Handyman” is a great example of that. The vocals and slow, steady tune is maybe out of the ordinary, but is done incredibly well, making this one of the best tracks on the album.

“Table For One” 

“Table For One” is, arguably, the best track on the album. The lyrics are thoughtful and the production that follows them fits well and it some of the catchiest that the band has produced.

“Cannonball”

Grunge, bass, and great lyrics- “Cannonball” is another one of my favorites. Back to a style more branded for the band, “Cannonball” is a great track to just jam out to.

“Tall, Tall Tale” 

The always pushing production gives tons of tension to this track, making it an intriguing listen. “Tall, Tall Tale” has a very steady tempo, but somehow gives a very anxious vibe. The sound additions, such as a light synths and water droplet truly make this production heavy track one of the best.

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Album Picks: G-Eazy’s “The Beautiful & Damned”

On December 15, 2017, American rapper G-Eazy released his fourth studio album by RCA records, “The Beautiful & Damned.” It featured guest appearances from Halsey, Cardi B, Anna of the North, and many others. In 74 minutes and 22 seconds, G-Eazy propels a new style for his personal genre, creating a darker and more inspective vibe. It is certainly worth a listen, at the very least. Here are the top picks from “The Beautiful & Damned.”

Pray For Me

An odd track but certainly one of the best, “Pray For Me” has a ton of personality while maintaining the dark vibe of the entire album. The “Wizard Of Oz” reference is clever, as well. Any well-placed references are worth noting.

Him & I

The most popular track, but certainly worth it. Halsey and G-Eazy make a great combo, and “Him & I” is a very fitting love song for the time, highlighting an unconventional kind of romance.

Legend

The production is what makes this track stand out. The lyrics are clever, no doubt, but that’s to be expected. The production is what keeps me coming back to this track.

Pick Me Up (feat. Anna of the North)

The subject matter of “Pick Me Up” makes it worth a few listens. While not being able to decide whether it is about drugs or women, production points play incredibly well into whichever topic.

Summer In December

A very laid back track from this album, “Summer In December” is the breath of fresh air from heavy production and subjects. This is certainly a late night drive with the windows down kind of song.

Mama Always Told Me (feat. Madison Love)

My favorite from this album, “Mama Always Told Me” has an oddly jazzy, swing production that plays very well with the vocals. The lyrics are clever and it’s easy to find yourself singing along.

Love Is Gone (feat. Drew Love) 

Packed with social commentary, “Love Is Gone” is an underrated track. Pay close attention to the lyrics and maybe read them through when you have a chance. Writers work hard to try to portray an ounce of this emotion.

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Artist Picks: X Ambassadors

Finding new artists is a blast, but knowing where to start can be a struggle. Some bands have tons of tracks and it takes time to find the ones that will become your favorites. Having a starting point is always welcome.

X Ambassadors is an American rock band from Ithaca, New York, started in 2009. With multiple albums and plenty of singles, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are the top ten picks from X Ambassadors. Continue reading