NEW YORK, United States—Taylor Swift's highly anticipated seventh album has arrived in all its lovestruck, honeyed glory, a clear shift from the vengeful goth lite of her previous record. But the 18-track "Lover" is not just an ode to matters of the heart—it's the pop star's first record that she actually owns, under the terms of the multi-album deal she struck last year with Universal Music Group/Republic Records. "This album is very much a celebration of love, in all its complexity, coziness and chaos," Swift tweeted upon Friday's midnight release of her latest project. "It's the first album of mine that I've ever owned, and I couldn't be more proud." In her latest album Swift, no stranger to catty celebrity feuds and lyrical disses, sets a mood of moving on—with a touch of snarky self-care—in her opener "I Forgot That You Existed." It's a clear break from 2017's "Reputation," when Swift momentarily tossed her princess tiara to try on the hardened snake skin … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift celebrates love in all its chaos with new album
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Jakarta indie rockers Gascoigne fulfill the promise found on their previous singles and mini-albums with the band’s first full length album Bond Electric. Immediate in its hooks and playfulness, the album continues to celebrate the band's biggest influence, specifically early 90s United States indie rock. Traces of Sonic Youth's more melodic side, Lou Barlow's directness, the crunchy catchiness of Throwing Muses and Belly, and most of all, Pavement's contrast of laidback delivery and punkish delivery, shine through all of the band’s songs. It may not be revolutionary for longtime fans of the era's music, but the band members – only in their mid-20s – perform their songs with unabashed and un-ironic energy. There's earnestness in their worship of those bands instead of mere copying, and Bond Electric sees them clearly trying hard to assemble their own sound without abandoning their influences. “It's a constant and deliberate effort of finding the sound that … [Read more...] about Gascoigne expands its sound
Ruel S. de Vera’s Each Sold Separately: Poems Selected and New, published by University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, has only nine new poems added to his selections from two previous collections: The Most Careful of Stars (1996, Anvil Publishing) and Faulty Electrical Wiring (2005, Ateneo de Manila University ORP). His output for well over two decades of writing verse may then be questioned. In the Introduction to this third collection, Marne Kilates writes: “The inclusion of poems from the first two books might indicate minimal output to some, but that is only because poetry must sometimes give way to Ruey’s various interests and writing assignments.” Marne then cites these other “preoccupations” as including the production of a dozen other books either of sole authorship or as co-editor, “and special-subject poetry anthologies such as travel and hometown collections, biographies, and research, and two volumes of the famous … [Read more...] about Casual lyricism as memorable poetry
MANILA, Philippines — In a short time, 24-year old Lauv, or Ari Leff in real life, catapulted to mainstream popularity as the alt-pop singer-songwriter who makes nostalgic heartbreak songs for the next generation. Amid the typical electronic dance music-induced and sex-themed songs of today, his music evokes authenticity and promises escapism — something that the younger crowd can connect with. It was in 2015 when the San Francisco-born artist released his first debut album, “Lost in the Light,” which scored a major breakthrough with “I Like Me Better” in Billboard Hot 100. The mid-tempo electro-pop song was an unexpected feat but has proven to be life-changing; accelerating Lauv to an overnight sensation. Now with over a billion streams on Spotify, when people hear the name Lauv, they instantly associate him to sappy pop songs but with meaningful lyrics that send chills; a guaranteed tear-jerker as they say. His penchant for … [Read more...] about International star Lauv: ‘Manila feels like second home’
LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?