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Mini-Update (11/30/17): New Album Review Coming Soon

Greetings peeps!

I wish I could’ve gotten this announcement out sooner, but as it turns out this week is the infamous “dead week” on my campus. This week has been a pretty hectic one for me as I’m working to get the last of my assignments turned in before the end of semester, then switch gears to the upcoming finals week before finally embracing the Christmas spirit head on. Y’all don’t understand, I’m ready to just close the book on this semester and go back to being the lethargic sack of suds I usually am. Continue reading Mini-Update (11/30/17): New Album Review Coming Soon


SBox Soapbox: Why Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Doesn’t Need to Show Freddie Mercury’s Death

This week was a huge one for the upcoming musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, based on one of the most renowned bands in music history, Queen. Not only did we gain a new member to the cast with Lucy Boynton set to play Mary Austin, but we also got our first official look at Rami Malek as the legendary frontman, Freddie Mercury. This news follows a recent stream of news about the project, including the casting of Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian Man, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, and Allen Leech as Paul Prenter.

The film has been a long time coming and has been highly anticipated since its announcement back in 2010. In that time, fans who have followed the production have debated over a few aspects of the upcoming film, including the apparent timeline of the movie as it pertains to the untimely passing of Mercury. At one point, the script allegedly intended to place the events of his death in the middle of the movie (which came with its own set of debates), but it seems now that the film will be set between the formative years of the band and their famous performance at Live Aid. This gives Bohemian Rhapsody a relative timeframe of 1970-1985, skipping Mercury’s death entirely. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Why Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Doesn’t Need to Show Freddie Mercury’s Death

SBox Recommends: 24k Magic by Bruno Mars (Album Review)


If you’re even slightly familiar with modern day Pop/R&B music, then there’s no way you haven’t heard of the name Bruno Mars. He’s one of the industry’s most well-known, beloved, and respected figures, and for good reason. Ever since he first arrived to the industry in 2004 (well before people knew his name), Mars has contributed greatly to the music industry as not only a singer, but also a songwriter and producer. He’s been responsible for countless hits, collaborated with several major stars, and launched three successful studio albums so far; the latest of which was just released half a year ago from now. Continue reading SBox Recommends: 24k Magic by Bruno Mars (Album Review)


Mini-Update: TV Round-Up Post Coming Soon!

So I just realized all my shows are official on break. Some come back next month. Others won’t be back until March. It was a pretty solid half-season all around, though, and I’m ready to give you guys my thoughts on all the shows I’ve watched this Fall: The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, Empire, The Flash, and Supergirl.
In the meantime, this song from the Empire finale has been stuck in my head all day. I thought I’d share it with you guys while I get to writing. Happy listening!

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!


SBox Recommends: The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem (Album Review)


Music is an art that serves many different purposes. It can be a means of entertainment, unity, escape or catharsis. Though with music being an ever-changing entity, it can also be a means of controversy; such is the fate of most hip hop albums of the late 80’s, early 90’s and beyond. Few were as consistently on the receiving end of that than Eminem.

It’s funny for us to think about now, but as respected of an artist as Eminem is now, that wasn’t always the case. Think back 16 years ago from now when his third studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, first released on store shelves. Some of us aren’t much older than that and don’t remember the shit show that the record produced. The CD didn’t even spend 10 seconds in the radio before activists, parents and critics were taking to the streets with pitchforks demanding Slim Shady’s head.¬†An album like that could probably never be released today. The same people who claim Jerry Seinfeld’s one gay joke was the worst thing in the world or thought James Rolffe was sexist for not wanting to watch the new Ghostbusters wouldn’t last two seconds in the same room as this album, let alone listen to it.

The funny thing is, for all the outrage it caused, it sure as hell sold a ton. And even funnier than that, the album has since been considered a classic- one that only appreciates with time. And in an age of outrage culture where everyone walks on eggshells before saying anything, the album has never been more relevant. In honor of the album’s recent anniversary, let’s take a look back at one of hip hop’s finest albums. Continue reading SBox Recommends: The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem (Album Review)


Mini-Update: New Album Review Coming Soon

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the Marshall Mathers LP. I wanted to commemorate that with a tribute review similar to the Innuendo album review from February. The post has been in development for a couple weeks, but in order to make the post as good as it can be, I need more time. It’s one of my favorite albums, and I wanted to do it justice; not just for me, but for everyone who wanted more reviews such as that one.

So, I’ll be working on that for the rest of today, hoping to have it done between tomorrow and Wednesday. I can’t wait to share it with you guys once it’s done.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!


My 2015 Movies: Straight Outta Compton (#1)


Last, but most certainly not least, it’s finally time to discuss my favorite film of 2015. This was a movie which had no business being as good as it was…I mean, it was supposed to be good, but not this good. Compton came to play during the summer. Much like when NWA came to light in 1988, this film caught everyone by surprise. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Straight Outta Compton (#1)


SBox Recommends: Innuendo by Queen (Album Review)


One year ago from right now was the first time I delved into the Queen catalog and became a fan. In one year’s time, Queen has changed the way I look at music, introduced me to the rock genre (alongside Journey), and became my favorite band of all time. In a way, they’ve changed my life.

Two days ago marked the 25th anniversary of Queen’s thirteenth album, Innuendo. Released on February 5, 1991, Innuendo was the first time the world heard classics like “Innuendo”, “Headlong” and ‘The Show Must Go On”. It wasn’t the most successful of Queen’s offerings nor did it produce many hits, but we celebrate it for having significance; not just for the band’s history, but for music history.

This will be different from my other reviews. I’ve never reviewed an album before nor have I ever reviewed something older than a few months old. What I’ll do is go through the track listing and give you my thoughts on each song on the album. I’ll provide writer’s credits and fun facts for each and end it with a score as usual. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Innuendo by Queen (Album Review)


SBox Soapbox: Bohemian Rhapsody (October 31, 1975-2015)

On this very day 40 years ago, the British band known as Queen released one of the best rock songs ever created, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Though the album A Night at the Opera, where the song originates, released a couple weeks later, this song was released as a single on Halloween 1975. The result was critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lead singer and writer of the song, Freddie Mercury, had apparently been working on this track years before he joined Queen. The song contains bits and pieces of random songs he was writing since the late 60’s, one of which was named “The Cowboy Song”. (This bit of song is the origin of the line “Mama… just killed a man.”). Mercury presented the song idea to the band in the mid-70’s during production of their fifth album.

Recorded between six recording studios containing as many as 180 overdubs, the song took three weeks to complete. At 5 minutes 55 seconds long, the song is one of Queen’s longest singles released (second only to “Innuendo” in 1991). Hits aren’t usually this long, leading everyone to believe that “Bohemian Rhapsody” had no chance for mainstream success.

It’s success is mainly due to the workings of DJ Kenny Everett of Capital Radio. He received a copy of the song early and teased bits of it during airplay. The demand for the whole song was sky-high, leading him to play the entire song 14 times in two days. Everyone loved it, and the rest is history. Queen’s record labels in Europe and North America had no choice but to release the single ASAP.

The song enjoyed mainstream success for its time and several times afterwards. Today it is considered a classic, one of the best rock songs ever created, and one of the best songs of all-time. Though not their first hit, this is easily Queen’s magnum opus and the work they’re most known for. It stands the test of time almost half a century later, and it probably always will.

To this day we acknowledge the music video as one of the best (not to mention one of the first). We are also still pondering what in the hell this song means. Freddie Mercury has stated that the lyrics are just gibberish. Still, that isn’t stopping people from trying to figure it out. If he was lying, then that’s unfortunately a secret he took to the grave. Nonetheless, the song is enjoyable whether it has a meaning or not.

To get personal for a moment, this is my second favorite song ever. It was my favorite for many years, but was surpassed by yet another Queen song four years after first hearing “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I often consider this my first Queen song. That’s, of course, bullshit. Anyone my age and even a bit older was introduced to Queen through other means whether they knew it or not. I consider it my first because this was the song that made me a Queen fan. Had I never experienced this song, I would’ve never gained the curiosity to check out the Queen library. Today I stand by the fact that Queen is my favorite band of all-time.

It’s for that reason I thank this song for changing my attitude toward music and introducing me to the rock genre. Therefore, I invite those who either don’t know this song, or haven’t seen the video in a long time, to enjoy the above video along with me and the billions of other who can now do the fandango.

God save the Queen!

On a slightly separate note. I’ve been meaning to make a Top 5 Queen Songs post for a while. That post is still in “the works” (if you know what I mean). I’ll try and get it done as soon as I can, especially since there’s no better time than now to give it a go. If all goes well, you’ll see it within the week.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!


SBox Recommends: Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (Season 1 Review)

Note: SBR never spoils.

I’ve made it a habit to try and pick up a new show every year. Sometimes it’s not the easiest thing to do, but someone has to be first witness to what could be the next TV sensation. One day, while watching South Park a commercial for a new FX show caught my eye. For one, I recognized one of the main stars from another show. And as a guy into rock music, the theme and musical choice was compelling. Empire satisfies my love of R&B, so maybe this will do the same for my love of rock. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll (Season 1 Review)