February 25, 2018

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Teens Review Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories,’ ‘Me. I Am Mariah,’ and ‘Kirby: Triple Deluxe’

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While Chris Martin wears his heart on his sleeve on Coldplay’s Ghost Stories release, Mariah Carey works to remind fans that beyond all the flash, it’s all about her voice on Me, I am Mariah. Do you have a favorite Pokemon character? If it’s Kirby, you’re in luck—our reviewers calls Kirby: Triple Deluxe “one of Nintendo’s most skillful action adventure games to date.”

Ghost Stories, Coldplay (Parlophone)

Ghost Stories Coldplay, the London-based alternative rock band, recently released its sixth studio album. Ghost Stories deviates from their typical sound and is clearly influenced by front man Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s breakup. Instead of vibrant choruses and foot-stomping anthems, we have slow, haunting lyrics that speak of lost love. The album is riddled with straightforward meditations on helplessness and heartbreak. Martin certainly holds nothing back bearing his anguish for the world to see. The one loud moment on the album is the collaborative effort with Avicii on “A Sky Full Of Stars.” While not Coldplay’s best album, Ghost Stories is worth listening to and proves how this band’s diverse music can have such universal appeal. This album reflects where Coldplay is right now, and that is certainly alright with their fans. Check out “Magic,” “Midnight,” “A Sky Full Of Stars,” and “O.”—Will P.,  grade 12, Floral Park (NY) Memorial High School

Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, Mariah Carey (Def Jam)

Me, I am MariahIt has been awhile since Mariah Carey has released an original studio album and it was certainly worth the wait. This album showcases all of Mariah’s attributes from her R&B side to her multiple-octave range. Even though she works with lots of producers on this album, they do not alter the distinctive sound that is Mariah. The main focus is her vocals. These are a true force to be reckoned with and drive every track on the album whether it is bass-y R&B, gospel-like ballads, dance beats, or ‘70s funk. With guest appearances from Miquel, Wale, Nas, and Fabolous, as well as her twins, the pop diva has created a catchy and sparkly summer album that fans are sure to enjoy. Check out “Meteorite,” “You’re Mine,” “You Don’t Know What To Do,” and “Cry.”—Jessica D., grade 12, Floral Park (NY) Memorial High School

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo)

Kirby Triple DeluxeContinuing with the Kirby franchise is its latest installment—Kirby: Triple Deluxe. It is one of Nintendo’s most skillful action adventure games to date. The story begins with King Dedede being kidnapped and Kirby must come to the rescue. Advancement occurs through a series of six electric worlds known collectively as “The Dreamstalk.” The Dreamstalk is a giant beanstalk that makes its way into the sky from Dream Land. The action takes place on the two dimensional level with 3D models and it is the fantastic animations that make the Kirby game shine. Kirby retains his trademark ability to suck in enemies and adopt their power and, although he possesses abilities from previous games, he has new powers as well. When Kirby is able to eat a glowing fruit, his powers become amplified putting him in Supernova mode.

Each world has five or six stages that contain hidden items to collect throughout the adventure. Each world also has a memorable boss encounter as well as some mini-bosses scattered about. Outside the core adventure are a few other modes such as Dedede’s Drum and Kirby Fighters. DD’s is a rhythm-based jumping game timed to the beat of a song. Collect coins with timed jumps and advance your score. Kirby Fighters is an additional side activity to play with friends. Kirby: Triple Deluxe certainly has a lot to offer and will provide hours of great entertainment. There is even an unlockable mode to access once you have finished the story. Lots of fun for fans of the franchise.

Rated: E for Everyone. Platform: Nintendo 3DS.— Nick M.¸ grade10, Floral Park (NY) Memorial High School

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