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Monarch Music Minute: Jimmy Eat World, Tove Lo and Gucci Mane

Monarch Music Minute: Jimmy Eat World, Tove Lo and Gucci Mane
Lindsey Lanham
Staff Writer

‘Integrity Blues’ – Jimmy Eat World 💿💿💿💿💿

On what is possibly their best record since “Bleed American,” Jimmy Eat World have matured with “Integrity Blues.” No longer the self-conscious, broody, emo-type, Jimmy Eat World have successfully reestablished themselves as an adult rock band.

After a brief hiatus, lead singer, Jim Adkins, released an open letter announcing the release date of Jimmy Eat World’s ninth album. The letter was insecure and detailed the struggles of facing one’s true self. Adkins wrote that the new album would tackle all issues of battling one’s inner demons.

Released on Oct. 21, “Integrity Blues” has hit all of the things Jimmy Eat World strived for it to. It’s a different sound from the insecure, repetitive noise of “Invented.” It’s got a solid rock foundation. While it still has more of the teenage angst that makes them relatable, the album has shown a maturity Jimmy Eat World hasn’t hit before.

Songs like “Sure and Certain” and “Through”9 keep with the classic Jimmy Eat World rock sound. Lyrics like “Look around, that’s not me / Not one shred of who I’ll be / You don’t know what I’d do,” make the sound reassuring. Rather than asking for pity, the band is telling the listener how they see themselves.

“Pass the Baby” takes a unique twist. The song is more of an electro-pop sound. While Adkins voice whispers the opening lines, “The best decision made / Was let me take the stage / Do what I say exactly / Remember you called me,” the lyrics show a confident side of the band that isn’t all too common coming from them.

Opening track, “You With Me,” resonates well with the classic Passion Pit sound while still remaining inherently Jimmy Eat World. Lyrics like, “Fear and comfort / Are both one the same / Am I weak if I want to wait?” show the insecurities that Adkins faces.

“Integrity Blues” takes a different turn from the whiny Jimmy Eat World sound we had all grown accustomed to over the years. It shows how the band has matured, but still keeps the same sound that is distinctly Jimmy Eat World.

‘Lady Wood’ – Tove Lo 💿💿💿💿

Swedish singer Tove Lo is back with “Lady Wood.” Two years after the release of “Queen of the Clouds,” Lo proves that she is going nowhere.

Tove Lo kisses monogamy goodbye, declaring that she doesn’t fancy pretty boys on “True Disaster.” Then she croons, “Yeah, you give me lady wood,” on title track “Lady Wood.” It’s bold and it’s undoubtedly Tove Lo.

“Lady Wood,” released on Oct. 28, keeps the signature electro-pop sound that Lo established with “Queen of the Clouds.” Somehow, she’s managed to keep her core sound while still having two completely different albums.

“Influence” kicks off the album. Lo declares she’s “fine as f—.” The track sets the tone, making it known from the start this album is about her, and nobody loves Tove Lo as much as Tove Lo.

“Vibes” takes a completely different turn from the expected Tove Lo sound. It starts with a simple acoustic guitar but quickly turns into a strange mix of delicate backup vocals and an easy-going beat. As Joe Janiak’s unique voice goes on about not being the right type, Lo sings “Dreamer, trippin’ on your highs / These vibes, I feel ‘em.”

Tracks like “Cool Girl” and “WTF Love Is” stick with the traditional Tove Lo sound. Both songs keeping up the theme of independence. Lyrics like “Ice cold, I roll my eyes at you, boy / I’m a cool girl, I’m a, I’m a cool girl,” prove how little she cares about what others think of her and how fiercely self-reliant she is.

It’s sardonic, confident and it’s badass. Tove Lo is here to prove to everyone she knows how to do edgy right.

‘Woptober’ – Gucci Mane 💿💿💿💿

On the second album that Gucci Mane’s released since he’s gotten out of prison, he explores a more classic side of his music. It’s a sound that his listeners have come to know and love.

Released on Oct. 14, “Woptober” is more of a story-sharing album rather than a party anthem. It goes back to an angrier, in your face feeling that is comfortably Gucci Mane.

“Woptober” holds nothing back as it starts off with “Intro: F— 12.” It keeps a paranormal feel as phantom-like piano keys play as the base of the song. The opening line, “I still don’t give a f— how a f—boy feel,” has already established the tone for the album and it’s only been 15 seconds.

In songs like “Dirty Little N—-,” Gucci Mane explores a story about a kid on the streets and takes a moment to empathize with the kid. “Y’all might don’t feel him but I damn sure feel him / Cause I was just in a jail cell f—– up with him,” he says, making a point to make the track relatable.

Other tracks like hit single “Bling Blaww Burr,” are more tuned for a club setting. And on “Love Her Body,” Gucci Mane can’t decide whether he loves a woman or “am I in love with her body?” Each song having its own independent style while still being that brash sound that is Gucci Mane.

“Out the Zoo” discusses Gucci Mane’s experience with drug dealing and prison. Lines like “Out the cage in a rage like I escaped out the zoo,” show just how he felt when he finally got a chance to be free again.

Gucci Mane remains confident in himself and his music with the release of “Woptober.” It’s a solid album that any diehard Gucci Mane fan will appreciate.

💿 — Face palm.
💿💿 — Eh…
💿💿💿 — We’re getting there.
💿💿💿💿 — I’ll listen to it twice, even.
💿💿💿💿💿 — Hell yes!