Articles tagged pop rock

Hey Violet: From the Outside

From the Outside is a modern masterpiece that declares one’s choices in life are one’s own. That may be self-centered and even purposely self-delusional, but it serves a higher truth,

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21 Jul 2017 // 4:00 AM

Coldplay: Kaleidoscope EP

This is Coldplay in 2017, saying "hi" to the mainstream by pandering to pop, and actually managing to do a not-half-bad job of it.

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Haim: Something to Tell You

These songs remain as tightly constructed, propulsive, and personally relatable as ever, and it's hard to deny the talent Haim has for hooks and intricate songwriting.

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Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie: Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac - Stevie Nicks = Buckingham/McVie. Typical Fleetwood Mac math, yet somehow it adds up to a pretty-good album.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Explain How They Wound Up As a Duet

It's those dreamy love songs, all written by it’s those dreamy love songs, all written by Christine McVie, that have come back into vogue lately among stylish young admirers such as Haim and Phoenix.

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Chastity Belt’s ‘I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone’ and the Power of Termite Art

Chastity Belt's latest is a killer album, laid back but upbeat, honest and laser sharp, a highly unified piece of work by four people who know exactly what they want to say and how to say it.

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18 May 2017 // 12:32 PM

HAIM - “Right Now” (Singles Going Steady)

Haim's energy here takes this song to the next level and makes you want more, proving pop is best when it retains some human elements.

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18 Apr 2017 // 2:19 AM

Texas: Jump on Board

Texas strike some interesting new shapes, but don't stray too far from their comfort zone and therein lies the problem.

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Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night

Somehow, time and a fresh remaster have turned Tango in the Night's digital sheen and cool, clinical professionalism into virtues. How'd that happen?

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Aimee Mann: Mental Illness

Happily, all is not melancholy here. The songs’ characters may be unloved and disturbed, but aren’t we all?

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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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U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

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"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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