Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio reviews music for WORLD Magazine. Follow Arsenio on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

Stories and insights

Music | Noteworthy new or recent releases
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/26/20, 02:14 pm

Not Now, Bernard and Other Stories by Alexander Armstrong, Orchestra of the Swan: Not Now, Bernard and ­Isabel’s Noisy Tummy are illustrated children’s books by David McKee that add a comic gloss to discomfiting childhood experiences. James Mayhew’s The Knight Who Took All Day adds amusingly quixotic, mildly PC kinks to a damsel-in-distress plot. And “Annabel Lee” is the Poe poem. Then there’s Thread!, a stroll through the Bayeux Tapestry.

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Sounding effortless

Music | Someday I'll Make It All Up to You is Tyson's Motsenbocker's most polished album to date
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/26/20, 02:09 pm

According to the mini-biography on his website, the singer-songwriter Tyson Motsenbocker experienced a “renegotiated relationship with God” seven years ago while on a monthlong, 600-mile walk that he undertook to deal with the death of his mother. 

Now, two EPs and two full-length albums later, that renegotiated relationship and a profound sense of loss continue to mark the boundaries within which his cinematically vivid musical vignettes unfold.

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Promising signs

Music | Noteworthy new and recent releases
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 3/12/20, 05:00 pm

Changes by Justin Bieber: This musically slight, blue-eyed R&B will be of primary interest to those who care about Justin Bieber—his ups, his downs, his marriage, his faith. To this end, the lyrics paint a fairly encouraging picture. Only three of the 16 songs contain anything lewd or crude, and in two of those cases it’s guest rappers doing the offending. Of course, it was Bieber who did the inviting.

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