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by: Ned Belliveau '14, Sports Editor
PUBLISHED: 26 February 2012 No Comment

Foster the People- Torches
Grade: 4.5 Stars
Breakout artist Foster the People’s album Torches was nominated for a Grammy as was hit single “Pumped Up Kicks.” The album, despite just being 10 songs long, is one of the best of the year. Besides mega-hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” the songs “Helena Beat,” “Call it What You Want,” and “Don’t Stop” are some highlights from the album. The album’s 21st century indie/dance/pop sound gives the band a unique sound that they can confidently call their own. The band is also a master of the catchy songs, most notably “Helena Beat” which, with its clean ringing drums and infectious chorus, reels the listener in and leaves the song is playing in your head for days. This is the band’s first album, so they were able to put a lot of their own creativity into it, and that is what pushes the album over the top and into album of the year consideration.

Young Jeezy-Thug Motivation 103: Husterlz Ambition
Grade: 3.5 Stars
After Young Jeezy found success with songs such as “Soul Survivor,” “Go Getta,” and “Put On,” rap was waiting for his next album. The final installment in his “Thug Motivation” series, Thug Motivation 103: Husterlz Ambition strikes a different chord than his previous albums. Jeezy maintains his signature voice and pounding beats, but the subject matter of his songs, especially “F.A.M.E” featuring T.I. does not have the same rhymes about women, drugs, and guns as his previous albums did. Jeezy seems to have grown up in certain aspects of his music and this suits him well. He still has his traditional tracks though, like “Supafreak” featuring 2 Chainz and “Lose My Mind” featuring Piles. Jay-Z and Andre 3000 contribute to the track “I Do” and it is probably the best song on the album, with all three rappers delivering superb verses over a building beat.

 


Lonely Island-Turtleneck and Chain
Grade: 4 Stars
The hilarious trio’s second studio album does not disappoint. Everyone knows the album’s premier songs “I Just Had Sex” and “Motherlover.” But if you give some of the lesser-known tracks a listen you will not be disappointed. One of the best tracks is “Jack Sparrow,” featuring 80s star Michael Bolton who belts out what ends up being the best part of the song. “Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie and Clyde” featuring Rihanna is also a well-done duet between front man Andy Samberg and the pop superstar. Another great song is the Samberg-sung “Threw It On the Ground,” who protests against the ‘system’ of the world. Despite the band’s comedy act and ridiculous song subjects, the album is a gem and absolutely worth a listen.

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