The Panther Knows Best: Music Mania


Tomas Curcio, Staff Writer

As the beginning of winter approaches, musical releases continue to go strong. Despite downsides from COVID-19, it seems that well-loved and popular artists continue to gift their listeners with quality content to listen to in new releases. 

On Oct. 16, Dorian Electra released their second studio album, “My Agenda.” The 25-minute long album focuses on the mindset of online toxic masculinity. 

The album’s hyperpop music delves into other genres such as nu metal and dubstep. Dorian Electra gained notable collaborators on certain tracks such as Rebecca Black, The Garden, Dylan Brady and even the Village People (the band behind the popular song, “YMCA”).

Later that same month, on Oct. 23, Bruce Springsteen’s released “Letter to You.” This album by the 71-year-old rock star focuses on themes of mortality and coming to terms with life. 

This 20th album’s music came to Springsteen after a large period of writer’s block, which he came out of in part due to the death of one of his former bandmates, George Theiss.

On the same day as Springsteen’s album, Gorillaz’s new album, “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez.” came out to critical acclaim. 

The band had teased the release of the album with episodes from their Song Machine project that they would release on Youtube. 

Each track on the album includes its own guest artist to create the British band’s genre-bending music. Such guests include Beck, Schoolboy Q,  Elton John and more.

On Oct. 30, English vocalist Sam Smith released his third studio album entitled “Loves Goes.” The project, originally set to release in June of this year, underwent a title change from “To Die For” to the current name due to the current deaths associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The album’s process dates back to over a year ago and includes charting singles, such as Smith’s collaboration with popstar Normani, “Dancing With a Stranger,” which released in Janu. 2019.

Two weeks later, on Nov. 13, the Australian hard rock band AC/DC released their 17th studio album, “Power Up.” This album comes after the 2017 death of the band’s co-founder and rhythm guitarist Malcom Young.

Angus Young, lead guitarist of the band, stated that the album serves as a tribute to his late brother.

Upcoming projects people should lookout for include: Miley Cyrus’s “Plastic Hearts,” The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Cyr,” Rico Nasty’s “Nightmare Vacation,”  Shawn Mendes’ “Wonder” and Paul McCartney’s “McCartney III.”