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RIFF’d: The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’

There are no surprises on The Weeknd‘s third studio album Starboy. Everything is mapped out in plain English, a one dimensional plan than even the most casual fan can follow. He delves yet again into […]

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RIFF’d: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’

Bruno Mars‘ third studio album 24K Magic is a feeble attempt at interpreting ’80s pop. Normally he thrives in these situations with a touch that has made him something of a golden-boy. Unfortunately he doesn’t invest […]

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RIFF’d: A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service’

The truth is We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service should have happened years ago, when Phife was alive. And while hypotheticals do nothing other than rouse the spirit into ‘what if’ […]

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RIFF’d: Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’

Leonard Cohen has one speed: slow. It’s a baked in approach and the pace in which his 14th studio album You Want It Darker unfolds. In striking fashion, Cohen meticulously careens through gospel-tinged tunes, stopping only to reflect […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XLII

Were dangerously close to Election Day, so things are naturally antagonistic to a certain orange cheeto in a suit, with another hilarious cryptic shot from El Vy and a faux-news broadcast from Joseph Arthur. Otherwise, Swedish […]

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RIFF’d: The Game’s ‘1992’

The Game is the Red Lobster of rap; not altogether terrible, but cheap, easy and exactly what you’d expect every single time. His eighth studio album 1992 contains all the familiar flavors and dishes that […]

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RIFF’d: Norah Jones’ ‘Day Breaks’

As far as genres go few have been as unfairly categorized as jazz; relegated to the past and unfairly represented by cheap copycats. But things have changed, the past two years alone have seen a cavalry […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXVII

Norah Jones goes Mad Men jazz lounge, Dolly “Backwoods Barbie” Parton quests for pretty in so much damn pink, Drive-By Truckers teach some ‘filthy and fried’ lessons to the youth, and more, in the 37th week of […]

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RIFF’d: M.I.A.’s ‘A.I.M’

M.I.A. has built a legacy around her jab; a powerful and steady puncher who always found her mark. The problem with her technique, however, is that while it’s nimble and smooth, it lacks depth and can […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXVI

Green Day say they want a revolution, Bon Iver rides a thunderstorm from Jeebus, B.o.B. puts his world-is-flat ideology on hold to talk about fingerprints and more, in week 36 of the year’s Best Lyric Vids. […]

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