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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: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’

Lana Del Rey‘s fifth studio album Lust For Life is the sound of a budding songstress taking full flight. She’s enjoying the fruits of her labor while still growing as an individual, and relishing every […]

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RIFF’d: Haim’s ‘Something to Tell You’

Haim‘s sophomore album Something to Tell You is a revealing examination of broken relationships; the various ups and downs, the turbulent emotions and the looming sense of regret. Haim looks closely at this conundrum while […]

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RIFF’d: Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’

Katy Perry‘s Witness is a feeble and altogether pathetic attempt at reinvention. She’s pining to be the next Madonna, but instead of tapping into that special space that makes each artist unique she adopts the familiar […]

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RIFF’d: Alt-J’s ‘Relaxer’

Alt-J‘s third studio album Relaxer is a snapshot of the trio’s determined march towards creative liberation. With just eight songs on the docket there is little room for error, and the lack of options stifle […]

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RIFF’d: Perfume Genius’ ‘No Shape’

Perfume Genius‘ fourth studio album No Shape represents a bold move forward. Mike Hadreas takes listeners down a path of self-discovery; courageously opening his inner sanctum for the sake of honest art. He openly discusses his […]

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