Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

Let’s Talk Trench: A Music Review

By Jordan Barraud

After a year-long hiatus filled with cryptic messages for their fans to decipher, Twenty-One Pilots came back with a new album Trench, released on October 5. The fan base went berserk when the artists got back from their hiatus, expecting new music. The album consists of 14 songs: “Jumpsuit,” “Levitate,” “Morph,” “My Blood,” “Chlorine,” “Smithereens,” “Neon Gravestones,” “The Hype,” “Nico and the Niners,” “Cut My Lip,” “Bandito,” “Pet Cheetah,” “Legend,” and “Leave the City.”

Tyler Joseph, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, said Trench is a continuation of the story that goes along with Blurryface, their last album released in 2015, according to an interview published in Beats 1. Blurryface is a character who represents insecurities. Trench is a place, a world created by Joseph.

“I started coming up with this world, and it started to consume me. That’s all I could think about, I know every aspect of this world. I know what the weather’s like in this world, and I wanted to go there and write from that place,” he said in the interview.

The album paints a picture and story in your head. You can almost imagine what Trench (the world) would look like. Like all of the other Twenty-One Pilots albums, each song on Trench holds a deep meaning. For example the song “Legend” is about Tyler’s grandfather. In the interview with Beats 1, Tyler explains that during the writing of the song, his grandfather was in the hospital, and around when he finished writing the song, his grandfather passed away.

Another example is “Smithereens” an upbeat song dedicated to Joseph’s wife, Jenna.

“For you, I’d go

Step to a dude much bigger than me

For you, I know

I would get messed up, weigh 153

For you

I would get beat to smithereens”

 Even though the lyrics in the album may have a deeper meaning behind them, the music is always fun to dance to or just to listen to. Elements of pop, reggae, rock, and more can be found in the music. My opinion may be biased, because I am a big fan of Twenty-One Pilots, but I would give this a solid five out of five. I do fully recommend this album to everyone. It has a little something for everybody.

Detroit: Become Human is Highly Recommended: A Video Game Review

By Angelina Cortina

“What if we’re on the wrong side Connor? What if we’re fighting against people who just wanna be free?” – Hank Anderson talking to his android partner, Connor.

Detroit: Become Human is a PS4 exclusive story game that mainly takes place in Detroit, Michigan, during the year 2038. Its main pitch is that it’s a game where your choices REALLY matter. The premise of the game is that androids (advanced, human-like robots) start to develop feelings and emotions, which could be because most of the humans in the game treat them unfairly because of who they are. Read more

Library Art Show

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Photos courtesy of Kirsty Sucato

Seventh graders Sophia Li, Iyanna Smith, and Betzayda Ruiz Aparicio won the annual library art show essay contest for their lovely pieces about artwork that inspired them. They received savings accounts at Kearny Bank, and gift certificates to Words! Bookstore in Asbury Park.

Manga Alert

Photo courtesy of Kirsty Sucato

By Tides Staff

If you are wondering where the Bradley Beach Public Library got the idea to buy all these great new manga titles, well you can thank our own Kyel Guerrero of 7S. Back in February, Karin Finnegan, the library’s director of children’s services, asked Mrs. Sucato for a list of manga titles that she would recommend for middle schoolers. So Mrs. Sucato asked Kyel, an avid reader, manga fan, and library member, to put together a list. “He is my go-to guy this year for talking about manga. He knows a lot!” Mrs. Sucato said. Mrs. Finnegan bought all the titles on the list, and they became the foundation of the library’s growing manga and graphic novels collection. Thanks, Kyel!

Top Picks: “Beauty and The Beast” and “Fuller House”

By Rebecca Roth, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Beauty and the Beast: a classic tale where the moral of don’t judge a book by its cover comes into play. Belle is a bright young women who is taken prisoner by a beast. She finds that the castle is bewitched and almost every item is enchanted. Despite her worries, she befriends the mysterious staff. Through friendship, Belle learns to look beyond the Beast’s exterior and discovers the kind heart, and the caring soul of the true prince within.

The new action film version of the classic Disney story, starring Emma Watson, and Dan Stevens, brings the romance. the fear, and the magic to life. The movie was directed by Bill Condon, and was released on the 17th of May. It made its appearance on Netflix on September 19th of 2017. Read more