Review of October’s Top Albums

Chance Simpson, Staff Writer

Atlantic Records

RnB/Rap: Ty Dolla $ign – Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Ty Dolla $ign’s new album features big names including, but not limited to, Kanye West, Post Malone, Big Sean, and Roddy Rich. With all things considered, I believe this album is okay. It feels as though this album has a more pop approach and doesn’t include many songs that showcase the kind of talent Ty Dolla $ign actually has. Some of the people featured on the album also feel a bit overshadowed, and as though they could’ve contributed something more significant to the song. This is evident in songs such as “Spicy,” which features Post Malone. However, I do enjoy some songs on this album, my favorite of those being “Track 6” (feat. Kanye West, Anderson .Paak, & Thundercat).

 

 

 

 

 

Country: Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass

High Top Mountain/ Thirty Tigers

Sturgill Simpson’s new album is a refreshing blend of what is actually good about country music. He strays from the pop “trucks and girls” feel of the current era and incorporates violins, steel guitars, and the signature country guitar twang. He reaches into his roots, having grown up around bluegrass, with songs such as “Old King Coal,” a tale of mines and mountain men. The album feels personal as he talks of his complications with drugs and depression. My personal favorite from this album is “I Wonder.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock: Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You

Danny Clinch

A new album from classic artist Bruce Springsteen almost feels like a throwback album that has been refined by his age and Danny Clinchexperience. The album moves away from his hits like “Born to Run” and gives an indication that he is settled and has slowed down through life. Each track feels like it is personal for Springsteen and is delivered full of emotion. I enjoyed this album mostly because it brought me back to what I and my dad used to listen to, and I believe that by releasing a new album, Springsteen brings his longtime listeners back to when they first started listening to him. The song I recommend is the album’s namesake, “Letter to You.”