Admittedly, when I first saw that the new Press Play album was titled with a hash tag, I was extremely skeptical as to whether or not the album was for real. And right away, the titular track dropped the overused slang, “You only live once.” It was hard to not immediately move on. Still, there were more songs that were social-media intensive, including one with the lyric, “Post it, share it, like it, tweet it, share it on my Instagram.” To be fair, if the album is meant to focus on the fascination and obsession with social media, trying to connect the generation in which that ecosystem is the center of the universe, these songs could definitely be turned on and enjoyed by them. There weren’t any songs I would consider listening to on my own time, though. Overall, though, this album was a miss.
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