The Suffolk Journal

Alicia Keys’ new album shares an important message

Alicia Keys released her seventh studio album,

Alida Benoit, Journal Contributor

September 29, 2020

On Sept. 18, Alicia Keys released her seventh studio album, “Alicia.” After the four years since “Here” was released, Keys' new album excites fans worldwide with its seductive sound, rhythm and blues. The moving, emotional lyrics performed by Keys provide just what the world needs right now....

Run The Jewel’s newest album “RTJ4” tackles racial injustice

Killer Mike and El-P of the hip hop duo, Run the Jewels.

Ashley Fairchild, Journal Contributor

September 22, 2020

“F*** it, why wait?” These four words would serve to catapult the rap group Run the Jewels, better known as RTJ, from an underground indie group with a cult following to the voice of a social movement.  Killer Mike and El-P of RTJ serve as the “murder rappers,” whose music is the perfect background to...

Taylor Swift is no longer a pop princess with her new alternative album “Folklore”

Taylor Swift in a photoshoot for

Sarah Lukowski

July 29, 2020

Taylor Swift’s surprise quarantine album “Folklore” has proved that the former country darling and pop princess is also an indie queen, with the 16-track album that transcends into something magical and nostalgic.  Swift, who is known for huge fanfare and celebrity drama surrounding her albu...

Suffolk alum Jillian Ann’s debut EP is truly romantic

The cover of Jillian Ann's debut EP

Sarah Lukowski

May 19, 2020

Suffolk University alum and 2020 Berklee College of Music graduate, Jillian Ann, recently released her debut EP “Truly, Madly, Deeply” that is ultimately honest in navigating the complicated feelings that come with a romantic relationship.  The five songs on the album were written and composed over the s...

You’ll be falling for Trevor Daniel after hearing his debut album ‘Nicotine’

You'll be falling for Trevor Daniel after hearing his debut album 'Nicotine'

Morgan Hume

April 5, 2020

Like smoking a cigarette, Trevor Daniel’s album “Nicotine” is addictive.  On March 26, the 25-year-old musician released his debut record and the collection of 10 short pop songs each deserve a spot on the radio.  Daniel kicks off the record with the title track “Nicotine,” incorporating them...

Remain ‘CALM,’ 5 Seconds of Summer’s newest album is also their best

Sarah Turley

April 5, 2020

On Friday, March 27, 5 Seconds of Summer released their fourth album “CALM.” The album takes inspiration from older styles of pop and rock, using styles from the 70s, 80s and 90s. This album is their best they have ever produced. Bassist Calum Hood stated in an interview with Billboard Magazin...

Conan Gray brings cinematic energy to debut album

Sarah Turley

March 31, 2020

Conan Gray released his debut album “Kid Krow” on Friday, March 20, which feels like the soundtrack to a coming-of-age film in all the right ways.   The album features pre-released fan favorites like songs “Maniac,” “Checkmate,” “Comfort Crowd” and “The Story.” “Comfort Crowd” begins...

Gordon Lightfoot steps back into the music scene with warm and simple folk album

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot accompanying himself on acoustic guitar

Morgan Hume

March 23, 2020

When most of us envision life in our 80s, we see grandchildren playing in the backyard, a steady retirement and loads of free time for relaxation. 81-year-old Gordon Lightfoot, however, has been spending this period of his life creating a folk record that feels oh so sweet.  Lightfoot dropped “Solo” on March 20, hi...

BTS’ groundbreaking ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ highlights group’s musical experience

BTS’ groundbreaking ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ highlights group’s musical experience

Sarah Turley

February 26, 2020

The biggest boyband in the music industry, BTS, made a comeback on Friday, Feb. 21 with their new album “Map of the Soul: 7.” On the album, the band reflects on their experience over the past seven years since debuting as a musical act. The lyrics also encompass Swedish psychologist Carl Jung’s...

It’s time to face it: Tame Impala’s new album is in a league of its own

The face behind Tame Impala, solo artist Kevin Parker

Abby O'Connor

February 19, 2020

Kevin Parker, better known as Tame Impala, stops time with his long-awaited fourth album “The Slow Rush,” released on Feb. 14. With his award-winning previous album “Currents” being difficult to top, it’s no wonder Parker took five years to release his next. Hit songs like “The Less I Kn...

Lady Antebellum’s new album ‘Ocean’ shows band hasn’t lost its spark

Lady Antebellum's new album 'Ocean' shows band hasn't lost its spark

Morgan Hume

November 20, 2019

Lady Antebellum is making waves again in the music industry with the release of another album, “Ocean,” revealing an emotional side of the seasoned group listeners have not been exposed to until now. The trio who has been dominating the country charts over the last decade dropped a 13-track record on N...

King Princess anything but cheap in latest record

King Princess blurs fashion lines with her androgynous aesthetic

Abby O'Connor

November 6, 2019

Genderqueer pop sensation King Princess lays out heartbreak in chronological order on her debut record “Cheap Queen” released on Oct. 25. Within the time she dropped her first three singles, Mikaela Mullaney Straus, known by her stage name King Princess, went from unknown to gaining millions of ...

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