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Tuesday, February 11 2014

Fortune Favors the Brave: Madonna and Kylie Minogue Pick Up Donna Summer’s Torch and Run With It

Fourteen years after Donna Summer's declaration of independence from disco, Madonna and Minogue took up the torch of redefinition with Bedtime Stories and Kylie Minogue.


Wednesday, May 1 2013

The 10 Best Productions by… Guy Sigsworth

On the eve of his next major project release, Alison Moyet's the minutes, here's a countdown of this UK songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer's best productions.


Wednesday, October 31 2012

Today’s “New” Music Is All Folked Up

One of today’s biggest musical trends owes a debt to one of music’s oldest traditions – buddies gathered on a front porch jamming with guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Some of today’s most popular groups sound like they belong in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1920s, not on alternative radio of the 2010s.


Wednesday, August 22 2012

In Defense Of ... Not Going Goo-goo Over Lady Gaga

Seven days. Two letters. And one angry animals rights group. The Mother Monster's recent struggles highlight how possible it is that Lady Gaga's rein at the top is possibly nearing its end.


Sunday, February 26 2012

Sinéad O’Connor: A Mea Culpa

Sinéad's never going to play the game or be someone who has finally "learned her lesson", so forget it. Here’s someone whose career was derailed for being blasphemous. Well, as it turns out, she was right. It’s time to offer our apologies.


Thursday, October 6 2011

20 Music Videos from the 1980s That Have Aged Well

In this second installment of Sound Affects' retrospective of music videos from the 1980s, we focus on 20 promos that have, remarkably, stood the test of time.


Thursday, September 22 2011

Hitting Close to Home: Relating to Catherine’s “Family Values”

What's worse than enduring Catherine's selfish, unlikeable characters? The fact that I found myself relating to them.


Tuesday, September 13 2011

Tainted Pasts: Pornography in ‘Meet Monica Velour’ and ‘The Girl Next Door’

Meet Monica Velour and The Girl Next Door demonstrate that mainstream representations of pornography, even in a society in which sex proliferates, are still surprisingly one-sided and inconsistent with counter-narratives offered by industry insiders themselves.


Wednesday, August 10 2011

The Taming of the Dude: ‘Catherine’ and the Sex Comedy

Much of the driving force of Catherine’s ethics seems to be traditionally moralistic, given its consideration of marriage as the only real means of “taming the dude.”


Tuesday, May 24 2011

Oprah May Say Goodbye, But I Say Hello

Not since the Beatles broke up has there been such a communal feeling of abandonment as there is with Oprah's final airing of The Oprah Winfrey Show.


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Die Another Day (2002) (Reviews) [29.Nov.02]
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Madonna: Greatest Hits Volume 2 (Reviews) [12.Nov.01]
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