Flint Eastwood – Broke Royalty EP: You wouldn’t last a day in my crown.

2017_FlintEastwood_BrokeRoyaltyEPArtist: Flint Eastwood
Album: Broke Royalty EP
Year: 2017
Grade: B

In Brief: While this EP features a bolder sound than 2015’s Small Victories, the production tends to de-emphasize the songwriting. It’s fun, but I don’t connect with it as deeply as I do with some of Flint’s earlier songs. Also, the re-inclusion of two of those songs is mildly distracting.

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Flint Eastwood – Small Victories EP: Who needs psychotherapy when the Internet will listen?

2015_flinteastwood_smallvictoriesepArtist: Flint Eastwood
Album: Small Victories EP
Year: 2015
Grade: A-

In Brief: Flint Eastwood fits nicely among some of the other female-fronted dance-pop and electronica artists that I listen to, who emphasize wit and songcraft above mere sex appeal in their quest to get their music heard.

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Vienna Teng – Aims: Call it your 2.0, your rebirth, whatever.

2013_ViennaTeng_AimsArtist: Vienna Teng
Album: Aims
Year: 2013
Grade: A-

In Brief: Aims will come as a surprise, if not a complete shock, to folks expecting tender piano ballads and an overall mellow mood. But those who have enjoyed Teng for her increasingly experimental tendencies over the years will find a lot of “thinking outside the box” to delight in here, as long as you’re not inclined to view electronic sounds and heavily layered production as somehow “inauthentic”.

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Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz: It’s Not So Impossible!

2010_SufjanStevens_TheAgeofAdzArtist: Sufjan Stevens
Album: The Age of Adz
Year: 2010
Grade: B

In Brief: We all had ridiculous expectations after Illinois. Try to set those aside and approach Adz as an unknown entity. It’s still a bizarre experience, but you’ll be better for it.

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