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The transformation of Adele: “30” Review

All in all, fans had sky-high expectations for “30,” and Adele delivered; she appeased listeners with more classic-sounding tracks while also successfully stepping out of the typical powerful ballad that characterized her past hits. However, because she refused to entirely keep within her original formula, I don’t expect “30” to be as much of a hit as “21” or “25.”

All in all, fans had sky-high expectations for “30,” and Adele delivered; she appeased listeners with more classic-sounding tracks while also successfully stepping out of the typical powerful ballad that characterized her past hits. However, because she refused to entirely keep within her original formula, I don’t expect “30” to be as much of a hit as “21” or “25.”


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Lovejoy returns with EP “Pebble Brain”

“Lovejoy’s newest EP, ‘Pebble Brain,’ follows the same high-energy pop-punk-rock formula that carried ‘Are You Alright?’ to Spotify’s ‘Viral Hits’ playlist. Overall, I’m impressed with it, especially considering that Soot isn’t a professional vocalist. The lyrics might be confusing to many, but their vagueness is their strength: depending on the listener’s interpretation, they can have implications on the personal, political, or societal level.”

“Lovejoy’s newest EP, ‘Pebble Brain,’ follows the same high-energy pop-punk-rock formula that carried ‘Are You Alright?’ to Spotify’s ‘Viral Hits’ playlist. Overall, I’m impressed with it, especially considering that Soot isn’t a professional vocalist. The lyrics might be confusing to many, but their vagueness is their strength: depending on the listener’s interpretation, they can have implications on the personal, political, or societal level.”  


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Popular YouTubers MrBeast, Mark Rober partnered up on #TeamSeas to help save world’s oceans

The premise is simple: the two YouTubers teamed up with two prolific ocean cleanup organizations: Ocean Conservancy and Ocean Cleanup. Each dollar donated equals a pound of trash removed from the ocean, and the campaign seeks to raise $30 million by Jan. 1.  

The premise is simple: the two YouTubers teamed up with two prolific ocean cleanup organizations: Ocean Conservancy and Ocean Cleanup. Each dollar donated equals a pound of trash removed from the ocean, and the campaign seeks to raise $30 million by Jan. 1.  


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“Optimist” by FINNEAS: Album in Review and Analysis

FINNEAS is back, to the joy of millions of fans (including me) with his debut album “Optimist.”  For many, expectations for the album were high: FINNEAS has had a hand in making one of the most iconic voices of our generation, Billie Eilish, and his solo songwriting is clearly superb. He’s clearly delivered on those expectations.

FINNEAS is back, to the joy of millions of fans (including me) with his debut album “Optimist.”  For many, expectations for the album were high: FINNEAS has had a hand in making one of the most iconic voices of our generation, Billie Eilish, and his solo songwriting is clearly superb. He’s clearly delivered on those expectations. 


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Coldplay goes cosmic in new album ‘Music of the Spheres’

Contributing writer Claire Shin walks through Coldplay’s newest album song by song, from a transcendent take on love to a densely instrumented ten-minute track, and highlights the beneficial contributions of featured artists like BTS, Selena Gomez, and Jacob Collier.

Contributing writer Claire Shin walks through Coldplay’s newest album song by song, and highlights the beneficial contributions of featured artists like BTS, Selena Gomez, and Jacob Collier.


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How (and why) Minecraft YouTube raised hundreds of thousands for cancer research

As someone who has (thankfully) never had to experience the anguish of having a loved one suffer through cancer, I foolishly thought it wasn’t something that affected me. Since then, I’ve taken time to educate myself on sarcoma, which, due to its rarity, has had relatively less research. 

As someone who has (thankfully) never had to experience the anguish of having a loved one suffer through cancer, I foolishly thought it wasn’t something that affected me. Since then, I’ve taken time to educate myself on sarcoma, which, due to its rarity, has had relatively less research. 


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A day-by-day review of the Governors Ball Music Festival

Contributing writers Claire Shin and Davina Thompson walk readers through two days of the Governors Ball Music Festival 2021, describing notable performances from Megan Thee Stallion and Post Malone.

Contributing writers Claire Shin and Davina Thompson walk readers through two days of the Governors Ball Music Festival 2021, describing notable performances from Megan Thee Stallion and Post Malone.


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