The Nashville-based singer-songwriter pens a love letter.
The CMAs are over, but there's still plenty to talk about in the world of country—starting with Jordan Rager.
The Nashville-based singer-songwriter has been dazzling the industry, managing to keep his name in the mix despite the abundance of country-related press in the last few weeks. With 52 million streams across platforms, and recent touring dates with Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Justin Moore, Trace Adkins, Randy Houser, Jon Langston, Rodney Atkins, and more, it's easy to see why. If we needed any further confirmation of Rager's talent, it's his latest single, "The Wrong Ones." The song is a tasty romantic treat that's a welcome addition to any date night playlist.
With a folky start, the song cultivates a smooth tone right away. Rager's vocals keep that suppleness going with a nice clean delivery of his lyrics. His voice is textbook modern country; clean cut, but with just a hint of roughness to keep it interesting. The instrumentation develops and builds expectedly, there are few surprises, but you don't need surprise in a song that is, at its core, about reassurance.
The song's narrative, a patterned reminder that unsuccessful relationships pave the way for successful ones down the road, is as much an ode to that sentiment as it is a love letter to the song's subject. It's a well-travelled tale told well, and the end result is a piece filled with warmth, gratitude, and charm.
Rager seems to know exactly what he's doing and exactly how he wants to do it. He's using very few frills, no tricks, and just saying what he wants to say. What's great about this track is its familiarity: a nip of Southern Comfort for the bruised soul, and a reminder that life and love are a process. Jordan Rager is in great form right now, and "The Wrong Ones" is proof.
Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.