by Chance Chamberlain
Snap Reactions is a column where two new albums and one classic album will be reviewed briefly after just one listen through. This provides instant thoughts and feelings that are often lost with multiple listens of an album. This week’s releases are White Reaper’s “You Deserve Love” and clipping.’s “There Existed an Addiction to Blood.” The classic album of the week is Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s “Texas Flood.”
White Reaper – You Deserve Love
White Reaper has flown under the radar in the alternative rock scene. They have four projects under their belt prior to “You Deserve Love” and they are on the cusp of breaking out. Their influences are far from hidden in their music. They’re much of an ode to shoegaze and hard rock from the ‘70s and their production team nails it with a twist of their own. “You Deserve Love” is a refined version of their past selves with lyrics that remain fun and lighthearted, with refreshing production that would still make long-time listeners happy.
clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood
California is home to many exciting musical talents, but none have been more exciting in recent memory than clipping., an experimental hip-hop group. They do things their own way and they didn’t stray away from that ideology on their latest effort. Production is unconventional for a hip-hop album with shiny synths and ambient themes throughout. The 808’s and trap high hats still find their place adding a sense of depth and the album would be hollow without them. clipping. is here to make a lasting impression and they will continue blazing a trail for themselves. This is just the beginning.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – Texas Flood
Stevie Ray Vaughan is regarded as one of the greatest to play the electric guitar. His technical play style accompanied by the sheer passion for the instrument makes him captivating to listen to. “Texas Flood” is an album that shows why Stevie Ray Vaughan is great in all facets of his artistry. He blends elements of blues, rock n’ roll and folk, which in turn made him popular because he appealed to the masses. Vaughan sings the blues and lets his guitar wail on “Texas Flood,” making the listener feel the pain of the past. Although Stevie Ray Vaughan is gone, his legacy lives forever through his music.