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The 1975 “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships”

Rating: 8/10

English band The 1975, known for the hits, “Chocolate” and “Love Me” released their third studio album, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” on November 30, 2018. The sprawling fifteen-song album details frontman Matty Healy’s journey of beating addiction and grapples with issues of today all in a near-perfect blend of humor and frankness that only The 1975 can pull off.

Indie-rock anthem, “Give Yourself A Try,” deals with the idea that even if the world is often a bad, dark place, one still needs to get out there and truly live. “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” is a major dance-pop song worthy of any club or party (solo dance parties included). Meant to be shouted at the top of one’s lungs, “Love It If We Made It,” is fueled by Matty's anger about certain aspects of society. The lyrics blatantly mock things that are said and thought today in a catchy way, ala classic The 1975 style.

One of my favorite tracks off the album is, “Sincerity Is Scary.” Jazzy trumpets and piano—along with a talented choir group—back-up Matty as he wrestles with the question, “Why can’t we be friends when we are lovers?” The head-bopping beat makes it irresistible to dance and sing along to it. My other favorite track, “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You),” is a groovy pop rocker that radio will undoubtedly snatch up. Though it may sound like Matty is singing about a girl he loves, he’s actually reminiscing about his time in the thick of his love/hate relationship with drugs. (Matty has said in several interviews that he has been more than a year clean of any vices harder than marijuana and is overall feeling good.) Despite the somewhat double-meaning, “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” is beautiful. The catchy guitar riffs tug on the heartstrings as well as the lyrics.

The 1975 has never fit into one specific genre and never will. “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” showcases this by ingeniously blending genres from glittery pop-rock all the way to R&B to create a fantastic album that’s as fresh as a breath of cool November air.

The First Purge Movie Review

“The First Purge” is a 2018 thriller/fantasy and also a series including The Purge (2013), The Purge Anarchy, (2014) The Purge Election Year, (2016) and The First Purge. (2018) This particular movie follows the events leading up to an “experiment.” In hopes of letting people release their inner demons and the hatred people have towards society, this experiment makes all crimes including murder legal for 12 continuous hours only once a year. It is in fact rated R due to disturbing content and strong language but I myself loved this movie. I have been watching the series since the very first one and at the least, you can say I am obsessed.!

As the movies continue to flow in it is hard to remember that this is all a fantasy, The world has so many people filled with hatred that the thought of this happening seems very real. In the beginning, it starts off with a murder convict talking about how he needs some type of way to release his anger saying he needs to “purge” by using that term they decide to start an organization called the NFFA (New Founding Fathers of America.) For 12 hours all hell breaks loose, it starts out with barely any activity then slowly starts to progress with the murder convict making the first crime.

Drug lords, gangs, ex-convicts and many more jump right on the wagon and start purging, I really enjoyed watching this movie and the ones before also. One thing I like about these series is that you don’t have to watch the movies in order to know what’s going you can watch them in order or not, They are a really good series especially if you enjoy movies that keep you on edge and questioning what will happen next.

--Keily Brown

Riverdale Reigns

Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters of the Archie Comics. KJ Apa is playing the role of Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones. Riverdale has been a popular TV show airing on the CW on Wednesday from seven to eight. Recently, the third season came on the air and has been a great hit. 2.3 million people have viewed this program, making it the highest-rated and most-watched episode of the show to date.

Riverdale is my new favorite show and is one of the best new shows I have seen come out lately! It captivates you and is a show you could watch for days on end. I highly recommend this television series if you are the type of person that loves a little mystery in the shows you watch. It also has a little romance for all those romance lovers out there. The actors that are playing the roles of the characters are doing a fantastic job of portraying these roles from the Archie Comics. I have been hooked on this series since the new season came out a couple of weeks ago. You still have time to get as hooked as I am on this show. I highly recommend this show and it has been a great addition to the CW channel. It comes on Wednesdays at seven, so mark your calendars so that you do not forget to check out one of the hottest TV shows out there!

--Gracie Summers

Deadlines Suck! Journalism Staff Tells All

We all deal with deadlines in our own unique way. Many people take the somewhat detrimental route that is procrastination. I have a confession to make; I am one of those people. When I get to the crux of the problem, it is that I am stuck in the neverending, unyielding loop that is perfectionism. I want so badly for my assignments (especially those that have to do with writing) to be things that I can be proud of and that I can confidently stand behind. So, I invariably put off working on my assignments until the night before they are due because of the pressure I put on myself. There have been too many late nights and crying jags to count because of my endless ride on the conveyor belt of procrastination. Procrastination seems almost impossible to shake but I will try my hardest to be rid of it, regardless.

Senior and co-editor of the yearbook, Emily Cox, said, “I try to work ahead because I never know what I have going on. I try to have everything done a week before, so the week of the deadline I can go and perfect everything.” To get her creative juices flowing, Emily revealed that she turns to “deep or sad songs” in order to write motivational texts for the yearbook. Senior and co-editor of the yearbook Jaycee White admits that she is a “big procrastinator.” “Once the [creative] juice kicks in, I’m ready to go. I can get it done really fast.” When asked what motivates her, she responded with, “Music. Country music, like Brad Paisley and George Strait; the old-school guys.” Music seems to be the key to motivation among the journalism staff, myself included.

Sophomore Katie Grice states that she has to “get in the zone” when dealing with deadlines. “I do have a bunch of late-night thoughts about it. I’ll be thinking about it and I get ideas about it. It’s like one of those things where it’s like at the moment you can’t think of anything, but then when you’re, like, thinking about it at a different time you know what you want to do.” Creativity ebbs and flows and, for some, it is impossible to complete an assignment in a timely manner because they are waiting for that right idea or angle. There are a few people who simply toe the line that lies between procrastination and good time-management. Balance is definitely a virtue. There are quite a few people who can miraculously achieve balance in many aspects of life, including time-management. Sophomore Keily Brown is one of these people. “I try to get everything done as soon as possible so I’m not super stressed out. It’s very stressful though because I really like being on the newspaper staff but it takes a lot of effort.” We, procrastinators, have something to learn from non-procrastinators. In the end, putting off work that needs to be done causes an inordinate amount of stress. Especially considering that the assignment could have been completed days before the actual date that it was due. Unfortunately, it seems like procrastination turns into an almost unbreakable habit after some time. For health and sanity of mind, I implore you to not join the club of procrastination. Life is not about stress, after all.