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Beyonce exudes confidence, poise

Beyonce shocked the world with the unexpected release of her self-titled album in December. The album consisted of 14 audio tracks and also a set of videos to go along with the purchase.

Songs on "Beyonce" are personal, uplifting, and very catchy. Each features a different tone and personality of Beyonce that listeners can get a sense of the different sides of her.

The first single "Drunk In Love" describes how she is overwhelmed with love for her partner and explores her sexuality. Beyonce describes sexual encounters that she doesn't know how to respond to such as when she says "Oh baby, drunk in love we be all night/Last thing I remember is our beautiful bodies grinding up in the club." The Arabic-style tones, chunky trap beats and repetition makes this song a slow jam that stands out each time its played.

"Pretty Hurts," the first track on the album, begins with audio that is set at a pageant where Beyonce is presented as "Ms. 3rd Ward." The song talks about how a person should be happy in their own skin and let happiness guide their life. Beyonce's vocals make this anthem something girls can look to for empowerment, especially as see belts "Pretty hurts" each time the chorus sinks in.

"'Yonce/Partition" starts off with Beyonce call-and-responding "Hey Mrs. Carter" and then a solid bass line begins. The lyrics are rap-like and sung as if it were one. The song then transforms to the track "Partition" with its snaps and quick, pulsing bassline. Each line helps embrace the idea of a woman exploring her sexuality rather than being seen as a sexual object. This song is one of the best songs on the album, with its dynamic nature of vocals and instrumentation.

"XO" begins with a sample from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. The love ballad focuses on Beyonce's low register and highlights how wide her range is. In the chorus, there is a crowd echo to make listeners feel like they are a part of the song. This song focuses on how someone feels as they fall in love and the emotions attached to it.

"***Flawless" is a trap hip hop track that was developed around the speech "We should all be feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The song begins with archived audio from when Beyonce appeared on Star Search with the group Girl's Tyme. Its intricate use of techno beats and simple variation in vocals makes it a dominating feminist anthem.

The last track of Beyonce's self-titled album "Blue" actually features her daughter laughing and talking. The soft-spoken ballad showcases Beyonce's vocals and the passion she portrays in her voice. This song provides a more caring tone to complete her dominate, dynamic album of passion and confidence.

Ivanna Tucker

KSLC

Ivanna     Tucker    can          be            reached   at             linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

 

American Authors debut album

You know that one song that has been stuck in your head because it's been all over movies or television commercials?

Chances are it's "Best Day of My Life" sung by up-and-coming pop rock band American Authors.

The band formed in Boston in 2006 when members of American Authors met at the Berklee College of Music and performed under the name The Blue Pages.

They later relocated to Brooklyn.

Although the band released their debut single, "Believer," in 2012, it wasn't until the release of "Best Day of My Life," that American Authors started making waves.

American Authors' "Oh, What a Life," is a great debut as the album captures the fearlessness, energy and catchiness of pop music.

The plucked banjos in "Best Day of My Life" and "Trouble" shamelessly contribute to the catchiness of the tunes, the former especially.

The band also evokes the musical style of Mumford & Sons through its intensity and sincerity in songs such as "Oh, What a Life" and "Luck."

American Authors is reminiscent of the pop flair of Foster the People, the catchy sing-along choruses of the Imagine Dragons and Fun., and the resounding urgency of Bastille, which is also gaining recognition with its song, "Pompeii."

"I am my own man, I make my own luck," lead singer Zac Barnett boasts on another highlight track, "Luck."

The track depicts the lead singer as a man seeking forgiveness from his family after he ups and leaves his town in search for bigger and better things.

The sixth track on the album, "Hit It," was featured in the video game FIFA '14 and revs up the mid-'90s sound of pop rock groups such as Green Day and Blink 182.

The track's bridge is a definite tongue twister but sure to get everyone singing along.

"One day we'll look at the past, with love," the band chants. "Love," the eighth track, is a summery tune that is also a sweet and poignant introspective on life.

"Oh, What a Life" is the perfect track to close the album as it captures the joyful and earnest essence of American Authors' musical style.

The banjo plucks and violins give the track a folksy feel, while the "oohs" and "aahs" during the chorus elevates it into a memorable pop tune.

American Authors are currently on tour around the country and will make their way to the Sleep Country Amphitheater on June 10 in Ridgefield, Wash.

American Authors' "Oh, What a Life" is available for digital download on iTunes and available for purchase in stores. You can also check out "Oh, What a Life" on KSLC 90.3 FM and listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.

Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director

Vanessa  So            can          be            reached   at             linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Kings of Leon releases new, vibrant album

After a three-year hiatus, Kings of Leon return to the music scene with "Mechanical Bull."


I remember when I first heard "Supersoaker" a couple of months ago and thought, this sounds like the old Kings of Leon.


Of course, this is a compliment to the Nashville-based band who are 13-year veterans in the music industry.


Kings of Leon are a Grammy award-winning band that formed in Nashville, Tenn. in 1999. Brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill comprise the band as well as their cousin Cameron Followill.


Though Kings of Leon gained early and critical recognition around 2003 with their track, "Use Somebody" it became a smash hit for mainstream radio and earned the band three Grammy awards. "Mechanical Bull" is King of Leon's first studio album in three years after the release of "Come Around Sundown" in 2010, which received mixed reviews.


"Mechanical Bull" offers a sound with more vibrancy and urgency that will please both longtime and new fans of the band.


After experimenting with different sounds in their last couple of albums, Kings of Leon makes "Mechanical Bull" a back-to-basics type album reassuring fans that they are still the classic-rock band that most fans grew to like with their fourth studio album, "Only by the Night."


Kings of Leon creates a diverse sound that suits all ears.


The band provides the rocker, heavy-tempo beats with "Don't Matter" and "Tempo" and the midtempos such as "Rocky City" and "Tonight.""Supersoaker" kicks off "Mechanical Bull," the band's sixth studio album, with a track that is an homage to their longtime fans.


The band released the track in July and it has a nice summer vibe that perfectly transitions into the fall season.


While "Mechanical Bull" includes songs that people could embrace, clap and shout to in an arena, the album takes a few turns that tug on some hearts.


Caleb gently sings "love don't mean nothing/unless there's something worth fighting for" in "Beautiful War," a gorgeous and subtle ballad.


Another ballad, "Wait for Me," has Caleb repeating the chorus enough times to create an emotional impact that will entice listeners and leave them wanting more.


Though the album includes the track "Comeback Story," don't expect the band to offer apologies and beg to get in people's good graces.


Caleb sings that he's got the "comeback of a lifetime/ I walk a mile in your shoes/ And now I'm a mile away/And I've got your shoes."


Kings of Leon's standard and deluxe version of "Mechanical Bull" are available for download on iTunes.


Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director


Vanessa So can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com


New and improved KSLC radio system

Over the summer of 2013, Linfield's student radio station received several major upgrades that has the station poised for one of the most successful years in its short history.

Using its funds from the Associated Students of Linfield College (ASLC), the station purchased and has installed a new automated music system.

The system will a replace an outdated one and allow for a much more professional style broadcast to come out of the studio. Not only will the system upgrade the flow of music, new features will allow shows to be produces much more like a professional commercial station.

Along with upgrading the automated music system, live-assist and voice tracking, two of the most common features of larger stations will now be possible. The new software will allow for recorded pieces to be done in advance and inserted into the system. The equipment inside the KSLC studio wasn't the only thing that received some major upgrades.

The station also purchased a new remote broadcasting system, which will improve the station's already successful sports broadcasts. On top of this, plans are in the works for KSLC to broadcast all comedians and Cat Cabs this year. The new KSLC staff is excited to get a new year started and bring the station's great content to the entire campus. Along with music, the station also provides talk shows on sports, pop culture. News Director Max Milander will be starting up the station's first one hour news show soon.

Technical Director Jeremy Odden has been in the middle of all of the happenings at KSLC. He has been instrumental in the installation of the new automation as well as all of the cleaning up that has gone on at the station. "It's been a long, fun process," Odden said. " We're slowly cleaning up and streamlining the station, and still have a few ideas up our sleeves!"

KSLC is open to any student that wishes to contribute a show. To schedule a show and setup a training time, contact General Manager Jerry Young at jyoung@linfield.edu.

For more information about the station, along with a complete schedule list for in studio, remote, and sports broadcasts, head to http://www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.html.

Jerry Young / KSLC General Manager

Young voice sings of love in new album

The topic of love often plagues the minds of young girls throughout their teenage years, but most cannot express it in such a delicate and soulful way as 17-year-old singer- songwriter Olivia Millerschin does in her new album, "Yes.No.Maybe So."

The Michigan songstress is set to open on a nation-wide tour opening for Teddy Geiger starting this April.

Millerschin has a soulful voice similar to some of her folk-acoustic predecessors like Sara Bareilles or Colbie Caillat.

Millerschin's songs have a light airy feel that is reminiscent of teenage summer days. She has a sound similar to that of acoustic group Garfunkel and Oates and, like the aforementioned, has a knack for humor with songs like "Screw Valentine's Day."

Her music isn't comedic, however. She has an ability to analyze love and look at life and success and the future; all things that kids on the brink of adulthood think about.

She doesn't approach these subjects like a normal teenager, however. She has a maturity about her, and her voice moves you away from images of teen troubles to seeing her lyrics as truly relevant to the transformation into adulthood.

Although only 17 years old, Millerschin has gotten critics to take notice. In her short career, she has been nominated for three Detroit Music Awards and performed at numerous festivals throughout the country.

The album hits its best moments early with her up-and-coming hit "Screw Valentine's Day" and is at its best on the fourth track "I Can Say." The song tackles the perils of letting others dictate your path and hold you back from your future.

"I was once a tree, rising from the ground," Millerschin sings. "Winter, spring, summer, or fall, I still grew tall till you cut me down. Are you really happy now?"

The album has a bit of an up and down feel to me. It isn't well-paced and jumps from fast to slow and deep to light hearted without much guidance for the listener.

This pace certainly doesn't take away from her talent. Millerschin is a well-versed songstress and the album has the ability to capture the attention of the listener for the duration.

To hear Olivia Millerschin's "Yes.No.Maybe So." tune into 90.3 KSLC or listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm and look for her opening nationwide on the Teddy Geiger tour beginning this month.

 

Tyler Sedlacek/KSLC staff

Tyler Sedlacek can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com.