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RIFF’d: Beck’s ‘Colors’

For his thirteenth studio album Colors, Beck leaves the abstractions behind to convey in plain English the seismic growth he’s experienced over the past two years. It’s an older, wiser Beck who is approaching life […]

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RIFF’d: Marilyn Manson’s ‘Heaven Upside Down’

After a lengthy delay, Marilyn Manson returns with his tenth studio album Heaven Upside Down. Initially the project was slated to be released on Valentine’s day, but dissatisfaction led Manson to reconsider the creative direction. […]

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RIFF’d: Miley Cyrus’ ‘Younger Now’

For her sixth studio album Younger Now, the pop juggernaut that is Miley Cyrus is out to prove to the world that she’s a new woman. Older and wiser, she’s attempting to erase her previous […]

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RIFF’d: Prophets of Rage’s ‘Prophets of Rage’

The Prophets of Rage‘s self-titled debut is a prime example of how a good idea can flounder when it is poorly executed. All parties involved are legends in their own right, but together they only […]

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RIFF’d: The National’s ‘Sleep Well Beast’

The National‘s seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast is a project steeped in tension and inner-turmoil. Darkness is the principal theme throughout, but instead of letting it consume them the Brooklyn kings of brood harness […]

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RIFF’d: LCD Soundsystem’s ‘American Dream’

Much like fear, anger can be a motivating force, but get too familiar with it and it can leave you scalded and disfigured. For their fourth studio album, American Dream, LCD Soundsystem reunites to air out […]

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RIFF’d: The War on Drugs’ ‘A Deeper Understanding’

True to its namesake, The War on Drugs‘ fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding is a thoughtful examination of the past and the profound affect that memories can have on the present. Adam Granduciel delves […]

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RIFF’d: UNKLE’s ‘The Road Part 1’

UNKLE‘s fifth studio album The Road: Part 1 is an intriguing examination of self, a transformative album that chronicles songwriter James Lavelle’s fall and subsequent rise. The journey is introspective and deep, full of dark […]

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RIFF’d: Kesha’s ‘Rainbow’

The seeds for Kesha‘s third full-length album Rainbow were planted long before she hit the studio to record. Her public battle with Dr. Luke put her in the spotlight, and for reasons that didn’t necessarily align […]

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RIFF’d: Riff Raff’s ‘The White West’

Riff Raff follows up Peach Panther with another equally weak effort. The White West is one man’s attempt to ride out his 15 minutes of fame for as long as possible. From one song to […]

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