Articles tagged pop rock

21 Mar 2017 // 9:29 AM

Ed Sheeran Is Essentially the English Ginger Drake Now

÷ is the final step in Sheeran’s shift from baby-faced ginger kid whispering about class A’s over acoustic guitar to England’s version of a man who constantly refers to himself as "The Boy".

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16 Mar 2017 // 7:30 AM

Ed Sheeran: ÷

There are plenty of fine songs here, as long as you can see them through the knobs and faders.

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9 Mar 2017 // 1:00 PM

Coldplay - “Hypnotised” (Singles Going Steady)

Listening to "Hypnotized", I often couldn't decide whether I was genuinely moved, agitated, or distracted by its unabashed commercial sweetness.

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Bic Runga: Close Your Eyes

Made up of ten dreamy covers and two dreamy originals, Bic Runga's latest is a gentle reminder of the versatility and skill of one of New Zealand's national treasures.

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Fleetwood Mac: Mirage (Deluxe)

The album that kicked off the '80s for the soft-rock icons has, for the most part, aged like a fine wine, despite the inherently fractured relationship of its main creative minds.

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14 Sep 2016 // 2:30 AM

Bastille: Wild World

Wild World sounds big, but it also sounds like more of the same.

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The Turtles: All the Singles

This collection is for the completest or the historian.

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The Minus 5: Of Monkees and Men

Of Monkees and Men is a tangential journey through the Technicolor mind of Scott McCaughey

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The Bangles: Ladies and Gentleman… the Bangles!

These earliest recordings of the Bangles showcase their chops as a live group and an excellent grasp of songwriting and melody writing. It's a must-have for die-hards and those wishing to delve deeper into the group's discography.

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The Tragically Hip: Man Machine Poem

This may be this inventive Canadian outfit's swan song, but you don't have to cry. It's as good, if not better, than any of the band's past glories.

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Of Sweaty Basements, Short Skirts and the Paisley Underground: Vicki Peterson of the Bangles

The Bangles surveyed Los Angeles in the aftermath of punk and forged a new way. A new compilation looks back on that time as Vicki Peterson remembers the thrill of hearing herself on the radio for the first time and the terror of the group's first tour.

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20 May 2016 // 2:20 AM

Keith Urban: Ripcord

Keith Urban is a 48-year-old student of the game (popular music). This album is his playground. He’s trying out various things -- adapting -- while staying very much the same.

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17 May 2016 // 2:10 AM

Goo Goo Dolls: Boxes

Expectations are a dangerous thing.

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Fleetwood Mac: Tusk (Deluxe Edition)

Despite popular narratives, Tusk isn't all druggy, unabashed excess. Instead, this new sets shows the record as a deeply self-conscious document, the sound of a band that didn't rebel against success so much as it misunderstood the privilege it brings.

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OMC Pauly Fuemana’s Bizarre Life

An at turns moving and bizarre account of a pop star's troubled life, author and music manager Simon Grigg recounts the life of OMC's frontman Pauly Fuemana.

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The Doobie Brothers: The Warner Bros. Years 1971-1983

Sure, the Doobie Brothers story is really about two separate bands, but let's be honest: it truly is hard to have a bad time when listening to the Doobies.

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Carly Simon: Spoiled Girl (Expanded Edition)

Yuppie drama in expanded version of Carly Simon’s Spoiled Girl. Cult masterpiece or cult disaster?

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Mini Mansions: The Great Pretenders

Melodic, dark, contemporary music with delightful twists and turns, Mini Mansions's The Great Pretenders offers fans a bit of psychedelic swirl amalgamated with sensible, fairly sophisticated, fun pop rock.

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Andrew Gold: The Late Show Live 1978

A pop music journeyman gets his critical due with this live release, captured at the height of his commercial, if not critical, success.

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Counterbalance: Tears for Fears’ ‘Songs from the Big Chair’

I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the 1430th most acclaimed album of all time. But traditions I can trace against the child in your face won't escape my attention. A 1985 synth-pop hit is this week's Counterbalance

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'Steep' Loves Its Mountains

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"SSX wanted you to fight its mountains, Steep wants you to love its mountains.

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