Bush | Album reviews

Bush

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This week’s Sonic Breakdown covers Snoop Dogg’s new album, Bush. I am extremely familiar with almost all of his diverse and robust albums, from Doggystyle and Tha Doggfather to Tha Last Meal and Tha Blue Carpet Treatment to Reincarnated. I will follow the same format, giving a breakdown of each track followed by a conclusion on the album as a whole.

“California Roll”

The album begins with several rap claps leading into a very earthy sound that is accented with Stevie Wonder lending his talent to background vocals and playing the harmonica. The harmonica lends an aura of nostalgiaContinue reading

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2014 Forest Hill Drive

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This week’s Sonic Breakdown covers J. Cole’s album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. I am familiar with Cole’s previous albums The Warm Up, Born Sinner, and Cole World: The Sideline Story. I will follow the same format, giving a breakdown of each track followed by a conclusion on the album as a whole.

“Intro”

The introduction to the album is a piano playing slowly and softly followed by a saxophone, providing intimacy and warmth that escalates, creating a more dramatic feel. Cole flows over the music, asking the rhetorical question, Do you want toContinue reading

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Tetsuo & Youth

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Written by DeRa Brinson

This week’s Sonic Breakdown features Lupe Fiasco’s album Tetsuo & Youth. I am acquainted with every industry album he has released thus far, and I will review this album by giving a breakdown of each track followed by a conclusion on the album as a whole.

“Summer”

As the title states, this instrumental provides a sense of that summertime feeling. Joy is portrayed by children playing outside, having fun, laughing, and splashing behind what sounds like a harp. It all feels like a scene from a foreign film.Continue reading

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The Album About Nothing Review

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DeRa Brinson
This Sonic Breakdown was written by DeRa Brinson, founder of thesonicbreakdown.com

This week’s Sonic Breakdown will cover Wale’s album The Album About Nothing. This album is the third Wale album I have listened to, having previously listened to Ambition and Attention Deficit. I will give a breakdown of each track followed by a conclusion on the album as a whole.

“The Intro About Nothing”
The piano has a nice, smooth feel as Wale flows over the track while a violin provides more layers that Continue reading

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To Pimp A Butterfly Album Review

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This is the first Sonic Breakdown, and this review will cover Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp a Butterfly. This will most likely be a longer review for several reasons: this is the very first review, the album requires some time to absorb, and the depth the album reaches sonically and lyrically deserves to be explored. This album is not the first Kendrick Lamar album I have heard. I have listened to his previous albums, Overly Dedicated, Section 80, and good kid, m.A.A.d city. I will present a breakdown of each track followed by a conclusion on the album as a whole.

image“Wesley’s Theory”
The album starts with a Boris Gardiner sample that states “every nigga is a star” in a kind of joyous chant being heard from a record player.Continue reading