A Playlist for Your Moods

Mental health is composed of three main categories; cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing according to Medical News Today. In regards to emotional wellbeing, it is important to remember all emotions are valid and worthy of being accepted and expressed in healthy ways. There are a variety of beneficial coping mechanisms for managing difficult emotions, one of which is listening to music.

Dancing to Boogie Shoes

Dancing is a cure-all for sadness. Whenever I’m feeling sad or alone, I blast the Saturday Night Fever album at full volume and dance like a maniac. The fervid movements of my limbs distract me for a short time from whatever it is that I’m anxious about at that moment. Out of all the songs on the album “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine band is my favorite by far.

Blackwater Park, A Melancholy Masterpiece

Almost every time it’s rainy or dreary outside, my first instinct is to put on Blackwater Park, by Opeth. It’s hard to overstate how much of an impact that Opeth’s music has had on me both as a musician and a lover of music. It’s hard to separate any particular song on the album in a single or a separate entity, partly because all the songs are incredibly long, and also because of how they seamlessly flow together while still remaining with their distinct identities.

Review: Honeymoon by Beach Bunny

Do you have sex? Do you have emotions? Do you have emotions about sex? If the answer to any of those questions is yes then you should listen to Beach Bunny’s new album Honeymoon. The Chicago-based, indie rock outfit’s newest release continues with many of the themes that their previous songs have dealt with: insecurities, jealousy, and failed romances. Conveniently released around Valentine’s Day, many of these songs will make you doubt everything you have just said to the person you are into, and completely validate every emotion you have about doing so.

Review: Dreamland by COIN

Global warming be damned: As New Yorkers enjoy this late-February burst of spring-like warmth, basking in the sun’s rays for the first substantial time since October, a leap towards our next season seems inevitable—and it feels pretty darn good. If you’re looking for an album to queue into the bright, pop-infused playlists that you’ll jam to while walking to all your classes for the next three months, then COIN’s third studio effort, Dreamland, is the LP for you.

Review: The Father of All Motherfuckers by Green Day

The last time Green Day hated on a Republican president who was up for reelection, we received one of the most inspired and culturally important records to ever come out of the punk genre. 2004’s “American Idiot” spoke to the struggle existing within an American society that was crazed by paranoia, drugs, war, and the usual insanity of politics. Now, in 2020, with the country facing a similar situation, Green Day throws up phrases in their new album such as “kick the dog when the whistle blows” and “baby got the hyperbole.” Because, well, that sounds kinda cool . . . right?

Review: Artist 2.0 by A Boogie Wit da Hoodie

Famous Bronx rapper A Boogie released a surprise album on Valentines Day this year, signaling it to be a potential heartbreak album. In “Artist 2.0,” he did exactly that. The album features a plethora of features with names like Khalid, DaBaby, Young Thug, Gunna, and more. However, the best songs that appear are the ones with almost no features at all. These are the ones where the fantastic beat and rhythm of each individual song blend perfectly with a more somber tone that A Boogie presents. The songs “Thug Love,” “Me and My Guitar,” and “Streets Don’t Love You” are arguably some of the best we’ve heard from the Bronx artist in a long time.

Review: Ordinary Man by Ozzy Osbourne

I wasn’t sure how I’d react to this album. After all, it’s been about 20 years since Ozzy’s last solo album and the guy hasn’t been in the best of health. Not to mention trying to understand him speak is incredibly difficult. I have to say, however, that I was pleasantly surprised when I gave the album a listen. It’s a nice blend of metal, classic rock, ballads, and even a little rap and pop. Collaborations from popular artists like Post Malone and Travis Scott make it all the more interesting and timelier.

The Bitter Taste of Defeat

Don’t put Justin Bieber in a box. Since coming into his artistic own with Purpose in 2015, Bieber has spread his artistry over the musical spectrum, with work ranging from sensitive electro-pop to obtuse, lazy R&B. His newest song, “Yummy,” falls into the latter. While reviews on the new single are somewhat mixed, the general consensus about it is that it is too dragged down by its simplicity and lyrical hollowness to be special.