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Sting & Shaggy - 44/876 Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Sting & Shaggy – 44/876 Reaction

At times it can be as hokey as you'd expect, crossing off a checklist of myriad Caribbean and reggae cliches, but damn if it isn't an enjoyable listen nonetheless. I can't remember the last time we've heard Sting having this much fun and their clear natural chemistry together makes for good vibes....
Smoke DZA - Not For Sale Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Smoke DZA – Not For Sale Reaction

Smoke DZA's "Not For Sale" is an homage to classic hip-hop and it may not open him up to a new audience outside of his already core fans or hip-hop purists but it's still yet another solid addition to an impressive and growing discography....
Thirty Seconds To Mars - AMERICA | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Thirty Seconds to Mars – AMERICA Reaction

Thirty Seconds to Mars try their hand at a politically charged record but they ultimately come up well short of saying or adding anything worthwhile to the conversation. It's essentially an album that's full of vapid buzz words/phrases set to painfully generic electro-infused pop rock. It's not a "terrible" album but it's not a particularly compelling one either....
Alison Wonderland - Awake Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Alison Wonderland – Awake Reaction

Alison Wonderland's sophomore effort is a crazy mix of wide ranging sounds that kept me on my toes throughout, not really knowing what to expect next. I'm not the biggest EDM fan but I really enjoyed her brand of music and I never would have guessed that someone could make me like a Chief Keef EDM song as much as I did....
J. Cole - KOD Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

J. Cole – KOD Reaction

I'm a fan but I've been as critical of his music as any one out there, but Cole absolutely knocked it out of the park with KOD. Easily his most relatable project yet that has something for everyone. If you're still in the 'hate J. Cole' camp after this then you're just not listening enough or you haven't experienced life enough. Simple as that....
Hard To Kill - Hard To Kill Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Hard To Kill – Hard To Kill Reaction

Hard To Kill's sound is dark, lo-fi, moody, and very reminiscent of early A$AP. It's mood music and although it's nothing particularly new or different, it is extremely well done and I found myself grooving with the vibes for a large majority of the album....
Tinashe - Joyride | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Tinashe – Joyride Reaction

Yes, Tinashe does have a nice voice and yes there are a fair amount of head nodding pop numbers, but once again it was an experience that left me feeling largely indifferent. It checks all the boxes for what a pop album should have but misses out on the soul and personality needed to make it really stand out....
Kali Uchis - Isolation | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Kali Uchis – Isolation Reaction

Despite the clear similarities to Amy Winehouse, Kali Uchis' music stands on it's own and it's a brilliant exploration of blues, funk, soul, R&B, and latin sounds, which she maneuvers through with impressive ease. Isolation is a breathtaking debut and a statement piece that shows she might just be music's next big thing....
Superorganism - Superorganism Reaction | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Superorganism – Superorganism Reaction

Superorganism's music is about as youthful, happy, and oddball as I'd expect from a group clearly born of the internet age and has an almost infectious quality to it that you can't help but vibe to. It's definitely one of the most inventive albums I've heard in a while and they clearly speak directly to this generation of teens....
Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs Reaction

Wye Oak's latest feels decidedly more accessible than say "Civilian", but in reality their compositions are as dense and layered as ever, but the new synth and rhythm additions make their sound so much more expansive. And it's the interplay between the bright expansive backdrop and the highly introspective lyrics, sung through her still incredibly beautiful airy vocals, that make this such a fulfilling listen....
The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl | Reactions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl Reaction

I'm not saying The Decemberists come off as gimmicky or overtly "hipster" but I have no problem imagining many of the songs here being played at a local renaissance fair or in the soundtrack to one of Wes Anderson's latest movies, and not in an ironic way either. But for as much as I found myself eye rolling, I found myself singing along, which in itself is the ultimate goal of music isn't it....
Gordi // S. Carey : DC9 Nightclub | Photos | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Gordi // S. Carey : DC9 Nightclub

Once in a while I’m pleasantly surprised by an evening that is so intimately tied together that you can’t divorce the performances from each other. Performances that demand to be addressed as a whole rather than cut into distinct pieces. Gordi and S. Carey put on one such performance to a sold-out crowd at DC9 Nightclub in Washington, D.C. Check out the full gallery of photos from their amazing sets here....
One Of The Best Rock Albums Ever - 50 Years Later, Has Forever Changed Yet? | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

One Of The Best Rock Albums Ever – 50 Years Later, Has Forever Changed Yet?

In 1967, Arthur Lee and his then stable band, Love, came up with Forever Changes - widely considered to be their, and one of rock’s greatest masterpieces. While making some impact in Europe, in particular England, at the time, the album was practically ignored in the US. Now, 50 years later, the album is being recognized for what it is (even by Rolling Stone, who missed its greatness the first time around)....
Did Cardi B live up to the hype, a trio of perfect albums, and getting stuck in the streaming matrix | Podcasts | Musicphiles | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Did Cardi B live up to the hype, a trio of perfect albums, and getting stuck in the streaming matrix

We're back and we finally got Cardi B's long anticipated debut album. We discuss our thoughts about the project and whether or not we believe it lived up to the immense hype and talk whether Nicki Minaj was being petty for starting her rollout right after it's release. We also talk about Apple Music removing the ability to download music and the increasing hold streaming services are having on people, if we think Coachella has become too mainstream and started to plateau, and our first 5 star album ratings of 2018 from Young Fathers, The Weeknd, and Saba - among other things....

Saba – CARE FOR ME Reaction

CARE FOR ME is an absolutely gorgeous project with lush soundscapes that allows Saba to lay down deep, emotional, introspective gem after deep, emotional, introspective gem. It's an exploration of grief, isolation, and trying to cope with the woes of life. But it's more cathartic than masochistic with glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel....

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