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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

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Taylor Swift channels synth-pop and nostalgia: a “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” review

Sophie Williams, Culture Staff Writer November 8, 2023

Heartbreak, polaroids and red lipstick: Taylor Swift brings 2014 to 2023 with her highly-anticipated fourth re-recording: “1989 (Taylor’s Version).”   Released on Oct. 27, the re-recorded “1989...

No Showers on Vacations subaqueous adventure

No Showers on Vacation’s subaqueous adventure

Quinn Johnson, Culture Staff Writer March 15, 2021

Get ready to go on a tropical vacation in the midst of Vermont winter.  No Showers on Vacation, a home-grown UVM band, has just released its first full-length album “Aquaband” on Feb. 26, 2021.  “Aquaband”...

UVM First-year Matt Fisher sits inside the Harris-Millis common area Feb. 21. Fisher has been working on music for five years now.

‘The Neon Lounge’ showcases the best and worst of house

Connor Adams, Culture Staff Writer February 22, 2021

Student musician Matthew Fischer’s new album draws on both of house music’s most common cliches and it’s greatest strengths. Releasing an album during the waves of COVID-19 is no easy feat, especially...

Folklore is market motivated queerbaiting

‘Folklore’ is market motivated ‘queerbaiting’

Sophia Venturo, Assistant Culture Editor October 9, 2020

In late July, I heard  that Taylor Swift was releasing a surprise double album called “folklore,” a dreamy indie record with a black-and-white album cover showing a whimsical treeline. It set my teeth...

Tracking the progression of the unpredictable Kanye

Tracking the progression of the unpredictable Kanye

Connor Adams, Culture Columnist November 9, 2019

Kanye West has always gone through phases, but his latest may just be his least creatively fruitful. In the past few months, Kanye has found new meaning in his religion and showed promise in improving...

Members of Boys Cruise perform during the Abolish ICE concert in the Davis Center, Oct. 18. The band’s new album is available on music streaming services or can be digitally purchased on Bandcamp for $7.

Boys Cruise brings more than music

Emma Adams, Staff Writer October 26, 2019

The four members of Boys Cruise knocked one another to the floor and kicked in synchrony as they performed songs from their first album, “Jerry.” Sophomores Jake Flaherty, Joey Krouse, Jackson Halus...

Norman Fucking Rockwell sets this autumns mood

“Norman Fucking Rockwell” sets this autumn’s mood

Sophia Venturo, Staff Writer September 19, 2019

Look no further for the complement to your full-stop fall melancholy.  On her sixth studio album “Norman Fucking Rockwell,” Lana Del Rey is born again from the ashes of reckless abandonment and...

New Weyes Blood album balances light and dark

Jack Eccleston, Staff Writer April 20, 2019

On the cover of the album, a young woman lounges in a bedroom underwater. “Titanic Rising,” Natalie Mering’s fourth studio album under the alias Weyes Blood, is a grandiose and sprawling depiction...

Billie Eilish brings youth and maturity to first album

Billie Eilish brings youth and maturity to first album

Sarah Robinson, Senior Staff Columnist April 12, 2019

As is always the case, young women are running the pop music scene. From Lady Gaga to Ariana Grande, the biggest pop stars today must think about what songs will please their listeners while still...

Maggie Rogers sings of love and fame in latest album

Maggie Rogers sings of love and fame in latest album

Anna Kolosky, Staff Writer February 8, 2019

I woke up early Jan. 18 to Spotify alerting me to the news I had been waiting for all month: one of my favorite artists had finally released her first album. Needless to say, I spent all morning and...

Hozier cries power with long-awaited album

Allie O'Connor, Assistant Culture Editor September 26, 2018

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier is back after four years of silence with a strong new EP titled “Nina Cried Power.” Filled with tributes to his musical inspirations as well as to current and lost...

St. Vincent’s new album is an epic of self-reflection

Kelsey Neubauer November 10, 2017

Annie Clark has been deemed a contemporary “female Bowie,” by critics since she first began producing music as St. Vincent. In her most recent album, she examines the personal veracity of an imposed...

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