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Volume 92 (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

From Slipknot to Lil Nas X This Summer's Music Rocked and Popped

SlipKnotAs the days start to get cooler and back-to-school commercials begin their annual media takeover, it’s nice to look back on the summer that’s just passed and reminisce about all the memories that you’ve made with friends and family alike.

Or, if you’re anything like us here at The Outlook, you’re looking back on all the awesome music-related things that have happened over the last few months.

So without further ado, here’s a recap of summer 2019 in music!

Slipknot promptly booted Ed Sheeran off the top of the charts. The Iowa heavy-metal icons’ newest album We Are Not Your Kind was met with critical acclaim following its Aug. 9 release date.

Forbes writer Quentin Singer even called it a “metal magnum opus.”

In fact, one might be hard-pressed to find a largely bad review of the record in general.

Sheeran’s latest release No. 6 Collaborations Project spent four consecutive weeks at number one before We Are Not Your Kind took its place mid-August, marking Slipknot’s first number one album since 2001’s Iowa.

The Vans Warped Tour went out with a bang. While the long-running touring festival went on its final cross-country run in 2018, the iconic festival held a final hoorah to celebrate their 25th year with a handful of larger-scale festivals throughout June and July.

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Cinema's Stale Summer

Cinemas Stale SummerThroughout the summer, the cinema is a beacon of comfort.

On those scorching summer days, sitting in an ice cold theater with a good movie can be better than frying on the beach.

But with all of the garbage films that came out over the past four months, I’d prefer to be on the beach on a sweltering day with a full body sunburn.

Like the sun beaming bright against the crashing waves, most of the summer’s movies burned my eyes (and brain cells too).

Before we clean the trash off the beach, it must be pointed out that we all saw this wave coming.

Last semester, I wrote a quarterly film report detailing the rubbish washing up at theaters.

In April, there was a feeling that this could be the worst year for film in recent memory and this summer solidified that claim.

Of the 43 movies I saw at the cinema, one received a perfect 4 star score, eight received 3 star scores, 12 got 2 star scores, 14 earned a 1 star score, and seven monstrosities were slapped with half star ratings.

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5,000 Days After 10,000 Days Tool Releases Fear Inculumn

Tool Fear InculumnIt’s here; it’s FINALLY here. I’m referring to Tool’s anticipated fifth album, Fear Inoculum.

 It’s been 13 years (almost 5,000 days, but who’s counting?) since their last album, 10,000 Days. This album has been rumored, started, abandoned, restarted, “leaked,” neglected, re-abandoned; but nevertheless, it’s HERE.

In those 13 years, lead singer Maynard Keenan made nine albums with his other band Pusicfer and three with A Perfect Circle, which is just peachy.

Tool formed in 1990 in Southern California as a hobby of drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, bassist Paul D’Amour replaced by Justin Chancellor in 1995, and vocalist and lyricist Maynard Keenan.

Tool was also one of the last holdouts of digital streaming services until Aug. 2019, but upon subsiding, all four of Tool’s previous albums landed in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart; the only band to ever do that.

The title track on Fear Inoculum was the only single released and is over 10 minutes long.

It begins with a whirring sound, then builds to a cello melody, then Carey on drums and Chancellor on bass interweave their instruments. Maynard lulls you with his immersive voice. It’s a great introduction to this album.

The standout on most of this album is Carey. There are plenty of moments where he lets loose dizzying drum solos. “Pneuma,” “Invincible,” and “7emptest” are some of the best drumming of his career.

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It's Baaaaack! For Chapter II

IT Chapter 2Welcome back to Derry, folks! Two years ago audiences were terrified by Pennywise the Clown in the hit movie It, inspired by Stephen King’s novel of the same name.

In It, a group of kids in the small town of Derry come together to take down Pennywise who is filling his clown car with bodies.

Now for Chapter II, it takes place 27 years after that horrific summer.

Pennywise returns terrorizing Derry and the group joins forces as adults to send back the clown.

Despite It’s huge production, the film is much too long, lacks any scares, and the characters curse like sailors.

At 2 hours and 50 minutes, this clown show drags a lot.

It takes an hour to assemble the gang, another hour for each character to have their own plotline, and 50 minutes to battle Pennywise.

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Monmouth Featured in Acclaimed Movie Blinded by the Light

Blinded LightThe Bench Mob, polling, Miles Austin, and Wilson Hall’s closeup in 1982’s Annie: Monmouth University is nationally known for these things.

But over the summer, thousands across the country came to know us as the home for the Boss through a film called Blinded by the Light.

Released on Aug. 16, director Gurinder Chadha’s film follows a young Pakistani boy named Javid growing up in 1987 Luton, England.

Javid is a huge music fan and discovers the sound of Bruce Springsteen while in college. Springsteen’s lyrics speak to Javid and he starts to gain confidence in becoming a writer.

Towards the end of the film (this doesn’t spoil much, promise), Javid’s professor tells him that he won an essay contest. The professor then explains that the winners receive their award at then Monmouth College.

When he’s told this, Javid asks his professor, “Monmouth College?”

The professor replies that it’s in New Jersey and in the area of where The Boss grew up.

Javid jumps on the opportunity and goes home to tell his dad.

When his dad finds out the news, he asks the same question, “Monmouth College?” Against his father’s wishes, Javid hops on a plane to the “Land of Hopes and Dreams.”

Once Javid arrives in America, there’s a montage of him and his friend checking out hot spots of The Boss in Freehold and Asbury Park (this includes the Stone Pony, of course).

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