The Quarter Note podcast is comprised of Jonathan “Jay Cass” Casanova (musical artist), Andre Doughty (podcast producer and video director), Jelani Carter (podcast producer), and Fax Mercury (musical artist). The critics in this group hold differing opinions and preferences that color the grand schemas of their listening experiences. The critics in this group also share the common element of having a fond relationship with music. The administered conversation is conscientious about the external elements that make music what it is.
Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers ALBUM REVIEW
46:33Ambitious, musically impressive, and a bit off-kilter. An emotionally challenged Kendrick provides us with a project shedding light on his shortcomings as a man, a father, and a public figure. While at times the content matter may seem cognitively dissonant, this album stands as almost the antithesis to DAMN. in the same respect saying “You aren’t the trauma you’ve endured.” A big step, if you will.
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Vince Staples - Ramona Park Broke My Heart ALBUM REVIEW
37:18Vince speaks on a troubled youth with an almost deadpan delivery. While this album is dejected in nature, exhausted at times, and borderline expressionless, his lean towards introspection is welcomed with good production and detailed storytelling.
Denzel Curry - Melt My Eyes See Your Future ALBUM REVIEW
32:06A literal tonal shift for Denzel allows him to turn his gaze inward and follow a more introspective direction on this record. This album comes off as cohesive, thoughtful, and intimate. It lends itself to being a solid listen, yet, it misses being vivid and provocative.
Robert Glasper - Black Radio III ALBUM REVIEW
29:18Glasper, an artist of collaboration, pulled together a work filled with soul and r&b that extends beyond his Jazz roots. In the execution, this album displays cohesion and collectivism that sets this project apart from its predecessors.
FKA Twigs - CAPRISONGS ALBUM REVIEW
30:02Caprisongs showcases a more fun yet emotionally expressive album that casts a wide net over the sounds it's inspired by. While staying light at heart, Twigs speaks on heart break, being comfortable in her own skin, and self-realizing her own worth. Altogether, an enjoyable listen.