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“Indigo Child” by Jake Tavill

By: Jimmy Sears

Out of Rumson, New Jersey, Jake Tavill studied his musical craft at the Berklee College of Music, the Tisch School of the Arts and the Village East Conservatory at the young age of 17 to jump start his career as a musician. Tavill’s style channels famous blues artists such as Albert King and B.B. King in his first studio album, “Indigo Child,” which consists of slick waves that unwind the listener for a tremendously smooth leeway that sways the senses.

Tavill sings with a voice reminiscent of Nate Ruess of “Fun” as he plays a key board, which is accompanied by a tender chorus of trombones and trumpets and other blues apparatus. Songs such as “I Won’t Go” and “I Ain’t Me” carry an old-school blues vibe that Tavill emulates, but the songs also manage to give the genre a modern twist to keep it fresh. Other songs, such as “To Say Goodbye,” are more sentimental. Here, the key board is in the forefront while Tavill pours his heart onto the keys as he sings, “you don’t know what you have till it disappears,” reminding listeners of the all-true message far too many of us realize before it’s too late.
While Tavill’s doesn’t go deep with his lyrics, its strongest point is the music itself, which carries most of the album. Each song is easy listening at its finest and plays like clockwork to where it’s almost a detriment because the album seems to end so soon. Still, by all means, give it a turn. Listen in on Ksuradio.com to hear Jake Tavill’s latest hit.

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Land of the Living EP by Roo Panes

By: Roxanne Anderson

Roo Panes, a British songwriter, released his Land of the Living EP in 2013. With the aid of his acoustic guitar, Panes has pumped out five honest and from the heart tracks – as cliché as that sound, it is completely true. Everything – technical speak – about this EP is quite simple. Similar chords, not an incredible amount of voice variation, not very climactic, etc, however; there are “quirky” or unexpected elements throughout. At the start of track one, “Glory Days,” violin and a plunking of the piano aid the steady strumming of Planes guitar. During track three, “Home from Home,” there is snapping – it is faint, but definitely there. Pane’s lyrics are the focal point of Land of the Living EP – regardless of any nifty quirky elements. With lines like “naked dressed in my pride you see through the things I hide,” from “Little Giant” and “oh we’ll go back, we’ll go back to the beginning and we’ll pick up on the trails of forgotten ways,” from “Silver Moon”. These little beauties are only an example of his interpretation, so to say, of people and the effects that they have on him.

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Seen It All: The Autobiography

The last time Young Jeezy dropped an album, I was a senior in high school bumping TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition in my car trying to avoid detention for tardies. Between time, the Atlanta rapper has dropped a few singles & mix-tapes here & there, but now The Snowman is really back 3 years later with his critically acclaimed album Seen It All: The Autobiography & he definitely didn’t disappoint. Jeezy partnered with some A1 artist in the game with album features like Future, Boosie, Jay Z, Akon, The Game, & Rick Ross.

With Seen It All: The Autobiography, Jeezy takes us back to his old roots with the opening track, 1/4 block. The track is grimy & lets the audience see that Jeezy is still self-aware of his trap persona. Another mentionable, Holy Ghost, gives the viewer a new outlook on Jeezy. Although the track is still raw, he shows his emotion behind betrayal & could be hinting towards his relationship with Freddie Gibbs, however the production of the track makes the song a little corny.

Been Getting Money (feat. Akon), whom he has always made bangers with throughout the years, shows us that he’s not willing to let go of that hard-hitting partnership. Jeezy still gives us what we need with radio bangers such as Me OK & F***** The World (feat. August Alsina). Jeezy blends his production with the old, southern elite Drumma Boy & Don Cannon, while stirring things up with some new faces like Childish Major & Cordo.

The heavy-hitter on the album, Seen It All (feat. Jay-Z), sums up the overall feel of the album. Jeezy shows his lyrical & personal growth throughout the track, & Cordo’s beat may have helped bring out the best in both Jeezy & Jay-Z. Finally, we lead to one of the best songs on the album, How I Did It (Perfection). The beat of the track is so soulful, which is something that we rarely get from Jeezy. It poetically explains how he left the crack game for the rap game & was successful at both, ultimately painting the perfect ending image of the album.

Honestly, Seen It All: The Autobiography is comparable to Jeezy’s Thug Motivation series, & overall, it beautifully correlates every Jeezy project from Snowman-Mo Money to TM:103. Ultimately, Jeezy has shown growth in his ten year successful run in the rap game while leaving the trap game.

I give Jeezy’s Seen It All: The Autobiography 4 ½ Owls up!