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First Listening Post- Ava W

For my song, Cause I’m a Man by Tame Impala, there are many contextual elements that contribute to the issues it is critiquing. The song was released in 2015, and it landed on the album “Currents.” Tame Impala is comprised… Continue Reading →

First Listen: “Temptation” Joey Bada$$

In April 2017, Joey Badass released his album All-Amerikkkan Badass which features the popular protest song “Temptation.” Throughout the time period leading up to the release of this song and album, Joey Badass was not shy from expressing his concerns… Continue Reading →

“Female” Context & Critique

“Female” by Keith Urban was released in 2017. It was written and recorded within 3 weeks, and inspired by, according to Urban, the Harvey Weinstein scandal (Billboard). It inspired him to write this song as he has a wife and… Continue Reading →

Just a Girl & Psycho

Just a Girl / No Doubt (1995) This song resonated with me as a strong, feminist anthem. The lyrics describe Gwen Stefani’s perspective living as a woman in society, as well as growing up with strict parents. The way Gwen/No… Continue Reading →

From Where is the Love to Paper Planes…

As we begin to take a look at protest music during our lifetime, I am very excited to begin analyzing two songs that I had known, yet had not taken the time to understand more deeply. When I began looking… Continue Reading →

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