Hoodie Allen releases new album

Tessa Climer, ‘Doah Staff Writer
October 22, 2014



It’s been a pretty big month for music with albums being announced all over iTunes, but one that caught my eye in particular was Hoodie Allen’s “People Keep Talking.”  It was released on Oct. 14 with 14 tracks of clever lyrics (some explicit) and catchy beats. Hoodie’s album was titled after his song, “People Keep Talking,” which gives you a really good insight to what he goes through on a daily basis. From the line, “did it on my own with no management,” to the fake fan voicemail at the end, the song gives a good visual and a fun, catchy chorus.

One of my personal favorite songs from the album, “All About It,” features Ed Sheeran, who has a very similar style as Hoodie with their fast hip-hop styled verses. The background music is a great combination of acoustic sounds and beats. Sheeran’s voice gives a nice smooth feel to the track; definitely hope to see more of them.

“Act My Age” picks up the pace quite a bit with a song about partying and staying young. What’s interesting about it is he took an ordinary topic and turned into something different enough that it sticks out.  Two of the tracks on this record have a featured artist named Max, who has some killer vocals. “Won’t Mind” is one in particular that leaves a mark, especially its dance break bridge. Hoodie and Max have small conversation, and in the last chorus Max shows off his range leaving you wanting more.

If you want to hear Hoodie showing off his lyrical talents, “Sirens” is definitely a good track to listen too. He has another fake voicemail at the end of this song, pretending to be a management company trying to convince him to change his style. This song really shows you that he’s true to himself and has no intentions of changing for anyone. As an artist who has always had explicit albums, he’s never used foul language in a way a lot of hip-hop artists do. His lyrics are always well-crafted with creative comparisons and innuendos. Obviously it’s working for him with this album releasing at number two on the iTunes charts. His album from 2012, “Leap Year,” was the soundtrack to my senior year of high school, and now as a junior in college, I can say I’ve grown with him. He is about to start up his fall U.S. tour, and if you can get your hands on some tickets, you won’t regret it. He puts on a show you won’t forget.

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