Manic (2020)

Manic (2020)—as the title suggests or doesn’t—is delivered downbeat, a collection of angsty songs that seem to have a personal connection to the artist (seemingly by the lyrical content) involving breakdown, break-up, hang ups and deft-defying crashes with reality. There is even the unfortunate foray into a raunchy moment, which comes off as shock effect than artistically honed.

As an album delivered to the popular mainstream, the consciousness of the masses may or may not take this in its stride at all.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The end trilogy of the Skywalker saga, way too long in the making, is supposed to quench the thirst of forty years in the wilderness of any follow-on from the story of Return of the Jedi. This “manna from heaven”, the new trilogy, that started with The Force Awakens in 2015 and ending with last year’s film, didn’t lift the saga, rather it sunk it further and further into the depths of a nightmarishly bad hair day. The originals always stepped on the funk and hit the accelerator one film after another, but that was then, the 1970’s and 80’s, the “good old days”.

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