Tag Archives: pop

TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2014 – #8: SAM SMITH – IN THE LONELY HOUR…

Last year, while most of us in the U.S. were oblivious, an up and coming singer named Sam Smith was breaking through in a big way in the UK, as a guest vocalist on Naughty Boy’s “La La La”, and also on Disclosure’s “Latch”. It wasn’t until I watched the last BRITs awards that I […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #1: twenty|one|pilots – VESSEL…

My number one pick of 2013 hands-down. Before this year I had never even heard of twenty|one|pilots. This is even more odd because I live in their hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Vessel goes from food for thought to primal scream therapy and hits all points in between. Bandmates Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are fearless in […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #2: JANELLE MONÁE – THE ELECTRIC LADY…

Janelle Monáe is one of the few modern examples of the true meaning of the word “artist”. The Electric Lady is her second major album, and contains the 4th and 5th “suites” of her ongoing Metropolis saga. Like the 1930s movie of the same name, the story explores a future where there is a frightening divide […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #3: LORDE – PURE HEROINE…

There’s a saying that goes “when a man screams, you must learn to whisper”. That saying pretty much sums up the success of New Zealand newcomer Lorde’s surprise smash of the year “Royals”. In the middle of many songs that are produced as loud and pushed to the max as possible, songs about partying til […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #4: TEGAN AND SARA – HEARTTHROB…

Here’s one I didn’t see coming. As I stated in my original review, I only knew of a couple of Tegan and Sara songs before this year. For Heartthrob, the girls decided to try on a pop sheen and see what that could do for their already great songwriting. Much to many hipsters’ dismay, their […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #6: FRANZ FERDINAND – RIGHT THOUGHTS, RIGHT WORDS, RIGHT ACTION…

Franz Ferdinand’s first album in 4 years is everything I could want in a Franz album. It has the high energy guitar licks, the quirky and instantly catchy choruses, witty lyrics and a type of nerdy funk that this band does right. Like with the band’s past albums, all of which I love, they have […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #8: GROUPLOVE – SPREADING RUMOURS…

After L.A. band Grouplove released one of my favorite albums so far this decade, Never Trust a Happy Song, I had really high expectations for their followup. Grouplove’s formation was a strange one. Vocalist Christian Zucconi met Hannah Hooper in Manhattan, Hannah invited Christian to an artists’ retreat in Greece, and the members met there […]

Top 25 Albums of 2013 – #9: ARCADE FIRE – REFLEKTOR…

The much anticipated new album by Montreal’s Arcade Fire turned more than a few heads. Some reacted in sheer horror at first single, the title track “Reflektor”, having a rhythm somewhere between Remain In Light-era Talking Heads and disco. This of course has much to do with a large portion of the album being produced […]

REVIEW: C2C – TETRA…

Chances are you’ve heard a track by C2C recently. Their track “Down the Road” is featured in a current Dr. Pepper commercial. It initially made me think it was a new Justice track. This week the French group’s debut Tetra finally gets a US release. The name is short for Coups2Cross, and is a collective […]

REVIEW: TEGAN AND SARA – HEARTTHROB…

Is Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara’s seventh studio album in fourteen years going to be the lucky one? The one that breaks them into the pop world? Reading anything said so far about this album it would certainly seem that this is the expectation. But maybe we’re reading too much into it. This album has much […]