She Said She Said: King Tuff and The Beatles

Abbey Lim and Ana Uribe

Abbey’s Choice:

King Tuff’s “Black Moon Spell”

Showcasing what might be one of the most hilariously psychedelic forms of modern music, King Tuff invites listeners into their wacky world of unconventional, yet infectious, grunge rock with their latest album, “Black Moon Spell.” Kicking off the record with their title track “Black Moon Spell,” lead vocalist Kyle Thomas demonstrates his stellar lyrical work when singing the opening lines, “I feel a sickness in your heart/ cause you drank my witch’s brew/ you were doomed right from the start/ and you know I feel it too.” Adding to the craziness of overall album, “King Tuff” is not only the name of the band, but also serves as Thomas’ grunge–rocker alter ego which is especially apparent in the Ramone–esque sound of “I Love You Ugly.” Ultimately, “Black Moon Spell” isn’t a soulfully composed work of musical art– it’s a hyperactive ode to good vibes, crazy love and living in the moment, which is almost just as impressive.

Stars: 5

What Ana said:

“Black Moon Spell” by King Tuff is an explosion of deeper thinking with a hint of immaturity. Kyle Thomas is a mastermind and musician that surprises psychedelic rock listeners everywhere. The energy Thomas brings to the table has a 70s vibe with a modern twist that leaves listeners astounded. Unfortunately, Thomas falls a little short when it comes to lyrical expressivity. His general lyrics about love in “Eyes Of Muse,” could be substituted into any typical love song. Nonetheless, Thomas makes up for it by singing and playing with very complex emotions that is far from typical. Thomas’ vocals prove to be far from ordinary, but that’s not all. His guitar riffs are jaw–dropping and they’re spectacular throughout the album. “Black Moon Spell” leaves listeners saying “Where has this been all my life?!”

Stars: 4

Ana’s Choice:

The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles will always be an endless classic. Moving past their “hard day’s night” era, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr created one of the most notable albums of the 1960s.  Although this album came out more than 40 years ago, its unique sound has beat the test of time. McCartney’s lyrics have never failed to disappoint newer generations. However, McCartney and Lennon weren’t the only ones who had a significant role in the album. Drummer , Starr sings, “With a little help from my friends,”which goes onto become an extremely popular song, especially during Woodstock. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is a creative masterpiece that illustrates the endless possibilities The Beatles had to offer with their music.

Stars: 5

What Abbey said:

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band” is essentially a hallmark of infamous Beatles music. The diversity of the album is incredibly fluid, and not once does the sound seem forced. The genius track of the record is undoubtedly “When I’m 64” which somehow seems like a logical extension of “Within You Without You” and even provides a gateway to the chiming guitars of “Lovely Rita.” Paul McCartney is without a doubt the leader of the Lonely Hearts Club Band. He dominates the album in terms of compositions, setting the tone for the album with his unabashed melodicism and deviously clever arrangements. Backed by the stellar contributions of the rest of the band, McCartney and the Lonely Hearts are a force to be reckoned with. Ultimately, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band” is the perfect Beatles classic. It’s stunning, it’s electric and it’s a feel good album for any occasion.

Stars: 4