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MUSIC

December 2017

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Recomended: U2, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE

U2’s highly anticipated 14th LP releases on December 1st. Several critics have already placed the album among the band’s most significant works. It seems that the recent political climate (not just in the U.S., but around the world) has given the band a renewed purpose. 

One of the most interesting tracks is a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. The band first worked with Lamar on his song “XXX." On “Get Out of Your Own Way,” the rapper delivers a spoken word performance on the song's final section. For an early preview check out The Irish Times’ track by track review .

 
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icymi (In case you missed it): TORI KELLEY, “SO WILL I (100 Billion X)” 

Tori Kelly's faith has always influenced her music. Recently, however, it seems that she has become more outspoken. Earlier this year she collaborated with rapper Lecrae. The video for their song "I’ll Find You" has been streamed more than 20 million times in just four months. In November she released a beautiful, live, acoustic cover of the worship song “So Will I.” Her powerful, soulful voice and skillful guitar playing demonstrate how beautiful worship can be when delivered by a true artist. 

 

OF CONSEQUENCE: EMINEM, “WALK ON WATER”

Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that Eminem is one of the most influential artists of the last couple decades. The single from his forthcoming album, Revival (released on November 9), has generated a lot of excitement about the direction of his new work. Co-written with Skyler Grey and produced by Rick Ruben, the song is one of the MC’s most introspective in years. In it, the rapper examines the expectations that we place on famous artists and how he can’t live up to them. While the song itself has received lukewarm reviews, most applaud Eminem’s honesty. His label, Interscope, has not announced a release date for Revival but has indicated it maybe sometime in mid-December.