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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

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The Student Voice of Forest Hills Central

The Central Trend

    These albums are my top five for storytelling

    MGMTs Loss of Life album cover

    My music taste can be bi-polar changing genre by the month, and these five albums are my top five and are certainly no exception to my differing musical preferences.

    Zach Bryan – Zach Bryan

    ​Zach Bryans’s self-titled album is one of my favorites to have come out in the last year, boasting amazing storytelling and beautiful song structure paired with his innate ability to express powerful emotions through his voice making you feel every emotion he’s feeling on a deeper level than most artists could hope to accomplish. This album speaks to me because of its intimate feel, like you’re sitting in the room or bar with him singing along. It doesn’t feel like a production or a product. The songs pull you into the stories and experiences like you’re not a fly on the wall but an involved character. It’s a beautiful album and one of my favorites.

    ​Blue Lips – Schoolboy Q

    ​Blue Lips was an album long waited for, releasing over 5 years after Q’s last studio album. This album was a big stylistic shift for Q, with hard rock-inspired guitar riffs, a blend of hip hop, jazz, and blues/soul-inspired drums, and intriguing vocal performances from him and some of the features. It’s a hip-hop album at its core but wears its more soulful and classic influences on its sleeves through samples, instruments, and chords. A masterpiece of production and sonic layering, Schoolboy does a good job of keeping you on your toes, with no two songs sounding the same and offering up different flavors with each track like a wine-tasting tray of styles, genres, and experimental sounds.

    ​American Dream – 21 Savage

    ​American Dream is a soundtrack and conceptual album from the rapper 21 Savage depicting his experiences as an immigrant in America and is a soundtrack to an upcoming movie being produced by him which will further tell his tale of moving to America and chasing the “American Dream”. A powerful album to say the least, it tells the tale of him moving to America and growing up in a big family with low income, struggling to survive in one of America’s most dangerous cities: Atlanta, Georgia. He tells his story like a true poet making you feel his experiences and understand his struggles that carved the man he is today.

    ​The Forever Story – JID

    ​The Forever Story was JID’s long-awaited follow-up album to his 2017 project “The Never Story.” The Forever Story goes deep into JID’s upbringing and past, growing up wanting to play football but being unable to stay out of trouble and losing a scholarship, then pursuing music as a broke, homeless, twenty-something whose life got turned around in an instant. JID flexes not only his writing skills but also his singing and storytelling on this album, pairing up with some hip hops greats like Yasiin Bey and Lil Wayne to deliver a rap album to be remembered. He manages to stand out stylistically even with a star-studded features list and finally broke into the mainstream.

    ​Loss Of Life – MGMT

    ​Loss Of Life is MGMT’s most recent album, once again proving they’re still capable of putting out amazing indie/alt-rock work almost 20 years removed from their first EP released in 2005. Loss Of Life is another psychedelic alt-rock experience, boasting experimental sounds, vocal performances, and thought-provoking lyrics. It also has MGMT’s only song with a featured artist on it, Dancing in Babylon, featuring Christine and the Queens. This album is clearly going to be another classic MGMT record and one to remember.

    All of these albums have a special place in my heart, and I will probably listen to them on repeat until I get tired of them.

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    Sydney Fentzke
    Sydney Fentzke, Staff Writer
    Sydney is a senior entering her first year on The Central Trend. Most of Sydney's time is spent creating art; she decided to join Writing for Publication to broaden her creative horizon and add a new art form to her belt. Sydney looks forward to graduating and attending an art school in the future, she hopes to attend the Penny W. Stamps school at the University of Michigan to get a BFA In Art and Design. Sydney's free time is spent playing video games, listening to music, hanging out with friends, playing lacrosse, sleeping, or working. Favorite art medium: clay Favorite movie: Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli Known Art Forms: ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, photoshop, stained glass, needle felting, and digital drawing

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