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Big Black Dog – Bad Religion

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Big Black Dog – Bad Religion

“We are alone / And all is one / The father daughter devil and son…” Hmm, the excerpted lyrics from the first verse of “Big Black Dog” seem to speak to an authoritarian and his closest disciples if you will… let that sink in...

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 Sofia – Clairo

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Sofia – Clairo

“Know that it isn’t right, but you could be my one and only.”  What alt-pop artist Clairo (Claire Cottrill) is referencing is her attraction – her same-sex attraction.  On her mature debut album, Immunity, she tackles a host of topics, including two songs that explore sexuality…

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Now as Then – Tune-Yards

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Now as Then – Tune-Yards

“Oh, don’t trust me / That I won’t take all the money and run.” Reading into the lyrical excerpt from Tune-Yards’ “Now as Then,” vocalist Merrill Garbus seems to be referencing thievery.  Without any context, one might analyze these lyrics as being pretty basic.  That said, “Now as Then,” which appears on the alternative duo’s 2018 album I can feel you creep into my private thoughts, is much more intriguing and complex than the aforementioned lyrics might suggest…

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Urban Mantra – Van Hope

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Urban Mantra – Van Hope

“Once you let fear go / You will be free again, flying.” Sebastian Hope, the frontman of Chilean rock band Van Hope, is speaking some serious truth.  The aforementioned excerpted lyrics hail from “Urban Mantra,” the closing song from the band’s 2019 album, We Have Nothing, We Want it All.

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God Control – Madonna

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God Control – Madonna

“Every day they have a kind of victory / Blood of innocence, spread everywhere / They say that we need love / But we need more than this.” Madonna has had it with the failures of the United States on one key issue – gun control.  Amen sister!..

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 Single Mother – Noble Gray

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Single Mother – Noble Gray

“You dreamed of having a picture-perfect family / But the man, you chose for this, wasn’t for keeps…” Life is filled with a number of arduous, less than ideal situations that need to be fixed and totally atoned for. In many instances, musicians have penned songs able to assuage numerous unbearable or nearly-unbearable ails and various tribulations…

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Satisfied - EMM

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Satisfied - EMM

You never look when I’m naked / Are you still loyal to me? /… You don’t appreciate me / Oh something has changed.” Clearly, the ‘unappreciation’ is real for the talented L.A. based singer-songwriter and producer EMM.  In addition to wearing multiple musical hats, the classically trained musical prodigy is also a women’s advocate, something that she presents ‘loud and clear’ throughout the course of “Satisfied”…

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 New Magic Wand – Tyler, The Creator

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New Magic Wand – Tyler, The Creator

“I need to get her out the picture / She’s really fuckin’ up my frame / She’s not developed like we are.” Hmm, those are some truly intriguing lyrics from Tyler, The Creator. Tyler has been the poster child of controversy many times throughout his career…

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Sad Forever - Lauv

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Sad Forever - Lauv

“I just wish that I could wake up my mind...” Those are simple, yet powerful and relatable lyrics from pop musician Lauv (Ari Staprans Leff).  The key word from the lyrical excerpt is ‘mind,’ as he addresses personal mental health issues on “Sad Forever.” Interestingly, Leff touched upon such issues on the preceding single, “Drugs & the Internet”, dealing with anxiety and depression…

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Make America Great Again – Frank Turner

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Make America Great Again – Frank Turner

“Let’s make American great again!” Sigh, ‘Make America Great Again’ was the campaign slogan touted by President Donald Trump.  Philosophically, via MAGA, Trump painted the United States as a nation in danger – essentially ‘damned’ – yet entirely fixable thanks to his policies. Safe to say, MAGA fired-up supporters of the president, including members of the alt-right.  Furthermore, it also strengthened the resistance movement opposing the policies of 45…

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This Land – Gary Clark, Jr.

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This Land – Gary Clark, Jr.

“I see you looking out your window / Can’t wait to call the police on me.” Supremely talented, Grammy-winning blues, rock, and R&B singer and guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. has lots to say on “This Land,” the title track from his 2019 album.  The things he addresses definitely aren’t sugarcoated or the least bit comfortable…

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How Long? – Vampire Weekend

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How Long? – Vampire Weekend

“How long ‘til we sink to the bottom of the sea? / How long, how long?” After a six-year hiatus, Vampire Weekend returned with arguably the most ambitious album of their career, Father of the Bride…

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Next Up Forever – AJR

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Next Up Forever – AJR

“I kinda wish I was still a virgin / ‘Time to finally see what sex is like!’” Yes, that’s quite an eye-popping line from alternative-pop brother trio AJR. The song at hand, “Next Up Forever,” from the collective’s 2019 album, Neotheater, isn’t about sex in the least. ..

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Xanny – Billie Eilish

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Xanny – Billie Eilish

“I don’t need a Xanny to feel better.” Ah, for the second time on the Music to Atone playlist, following “x ANA x” (Badflower), Xanax plays a key role in a song. In the case of the Badflower record, frontman Josh Katz needs Xanax for regulation purposes (“I need x, ANA, x / Help me bury my thoughts”).  For alternative-pop teen artist Billie Eilish, she has a different perspective,…

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Armor – Sara Bareilles

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Armor – Sara Bareilles

“Underneath the leaves, Adam found Eve / Both of them found something sweet under the apple tree /…How the hell did Eve end up with all the damn blame?” Sara Bareilles has a valid point on “Armor,” which appears from her 2019 album, Amidst the Chaos…

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The World is Rated X – Marvin Gaye

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The World is Rated X – Marvin Gaye

“Oh, the world’s situation / Should be rated X, rated X.” The late, great Marvin Gaye has an excellent point there.  Gaye was never shy in terms of incorporating socially-conscious themes into his music…

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Party Pill – Cub Sport

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Party Pill – Cub Sport

“Yeah, I came out and I felt fucking free.”  That’s what a liberated Tim Nelson, the frontman of Australian collective Cub Sport asserts on “Come Out,” one of many songs addressing sexuality on the band’s self-titled album, released in 2019…

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Deep Dive – Reno McCarthy

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Deep Dive – Reno McCarthy

“Think fast I’m in over my head / Lose track I don’t know what I said / Fall back like I’m hoping again.” For rising Montreal alternative singer/songwriter Reno McCarthy, the apprehension is pronounced on “Deep Dive,” an advance single from his 2019 debut album, Counterglow…

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Robbery – Juice WRLD

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Robbery – Juice WRLD

She told me put my heart in the bag / And nobody gets hurt / Now I’m running from her love, I’m not fast / So, I’m making it worse…” Sigh, melodic, emo-tinged rapper Juice WRLD (Jarad Higgins) is experiencing the common symptoms of that devastating thing known as heartbreak …

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