Key Components of Reviewing Music

In a Rolling Stone article on Prince’s most recent album, HitnRun Phase Two, there are some key attributes that come with writing about music. Right off the bat there is a fun picture of the artist, along with another photo of his album’s cover art. Rolling Stone is a magazine, and they want to catch readers’ eyes, so of course there is a multi-media element to this form of writing. Kory Grow, the author of the short Prince review, did not neglect to include past works of the artist either, comparing them to his present day LPs (also known as a Long Playing, which is a little bit of music jargon meant for the music lovers reading the article). Grow ultimately praises Prince for returning to his true soul-funk nature after attempting the new forms of today’s music, such as EDM. Grow gets there by first critiquing Prince, but quickly says how great the new album is– all supported with quotes! That is one large part of this genre, and in this venue. Lyrics are everything, composition is everything, and music reviewers love to talk about those hooks. In this review, Grow also compares Prince to other artists attempting the same musical feats. A music review must be dynamic, and for it to be successful, the author must have some sort of stance on the artist, while backing it up with actual musical knowledge.

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