Alessia Cara’s debut album Know-It-All is a teenage memoir. The 19 year old Canadian singer first made waves with her debut single “Here” that became an overnight success, and teenage anthem. The song has made the likes of Kylie Jenner who can’t seem to stop making Snapchat videos without the song being played. Alessia Cara has shaped her image as a teenager who does not succumb to societal standards of an average teenager.
In August 2015, she released her debut EP Four Pink Walls. The EP contains fives tracks that also were accompanied by five music videos. Now the rising star is preparing her full length debut album, Know-It-All. The album contains the five tracks from her EP, along with eight other tracks.
Our favorite tracks were “Four Pink Walls” “Wild Things” and “Stone” which features Sebastian Kole who produced her hit song “Here”, along with Pop & Oak.
Overall, Alessia Cara is still finding her sound. Her debut album Know-It-All ranges from teeny bop tunes to bluesy ballads to mainstream pop music. We see a bright future ahead for this rising star and once she solidifies who she is as a singer, she will be a force to be reckoned with. 6/10
DC native, Goldlink has released his debut project, And After That, We Didn’t Talk. Music & Other Drugs have had the opportunity to see the rapper live, and have been waiting on this release. The album is 11 tracks of Goldlink’s melodic flow. Goldlink’s mission is to make people dance through his music, and he did just that. Using high-energy productions, such as the Missy Elliot sampled track “Spectrum,” Goldlink keeps us moving from start to finish. Some of the tracks on And After That, We Didn’t Talk remind us of Chicago rapper Chance The Rapper.
Of the 11 tracks on the album, Music & Other Drugs favorite tracks are “Spectrum”, Polarized”, “Zipporah” and “Late Night.” Although these are our favorite tracks, Goldlink created a cohesive body of work from start to finish. Goldlink’s debut album is a quick listen. A majority of the tracks on the album were three minutes and less. This left Music & Other Drugs wanting more from the DC rapper.
And After That, We Didn’t Talk is the perfect album to dance to. Goldlink’s energy shines through his music. We applaud Goldlink on his debut effort and look forward of more to come from this rising rapper. 7.5/10
Ellie Goulding has returned with her third album Delirium. Music & Other Drugs were happy to hear a major pop album. We felt that 2015 lacked with a solid pop album and Ellie came to save the day. Ellie Goulding took the world by storm with her smash single “Love Me Like You Do” off the Fifty Shades Of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The song peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the video has been watched more than 785 million times.
Riding off the success of the song, she has constructed what she calls “a big pop album”. The deluxe edition boasts 22 tracks of high energy pop anthems to mid-tempo folk songs. Ellie Goulding released five singles prior to the release of her album, Delirium. Along with “Love Me Like You Do,” the singer released “Something in the Way You Move”, “Lost and Found”, “Army” and the Max Martin produced single “On My Mind”. As singles, her songs did not stick alone; however, listening to the complete body of work, each song fits perfectly on this project.
Music & Other Drugs favorite tracks from the album are “Codes,” “Don’t Need Nobody” “Army” and “We Can’t Move To This”, which samples r&b group 112’s 2001 hit single, “It’s Over Now.”
Delirium was a refreshing moment in music for Music & Other Drugs. We enjoy our fair share of pop music, and Ellie Goulding fulfilled what has been missing in mainstream music from a female artist. 7/10
Pell has released his second full length album, Limbo and he is showing the hip hop community why he belongs and is here to stay. The young upcoming rapper was recently on the You Should Be Here tour with Kehlani. Pell’s new album is ten tracks of in your face lyrics. He dabbles between rapping and even offers a few melodic notes on Limbo.
One of the stand out tracks from the album is “The Wild.” The track is introspective for Pell as he discusses the fame and where he is in life being “A young man lost in the wild.”
Music & Other Drugs favorite tracks are “Almighty Dollar” “Incomplete” and the final track “Sandlot.”
Overall, the New Orleans rapper is making NOLA proud. Painting a very real picture of himself and the life around him, Limbo is a perfect title of this album as Pell raps about growing up and making his way in this place called life. 8/10