Articles tagged pop

24 Jun 2016 // 9:36 AM

Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (take 2)

Pure McCartney really is a compilation for those wanted to dip their toes in wading pool instead of jumping waterfalls.

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23 Jun 2016 // 4:07 PM

Gwen Stefani - “Misery” (Singles Going Steady)

"Misery" isn't a total misfire, but its formulaic diva-pop effervescence does little to convince you that music's mainstream was missing Stefani.

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Adam Clark - “Your Own Way” (audio) (premiere)

In a sub-genre often riddled with a myriad of exploits to bring as many one hit wonders to the top of the charts as possible as pop/rock is, Adam Clark comes across as one of the few genuine articles in his lane that could readily find success in a crowded playing field.

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FEVER HIGH - “Spit It Out” (audio) (premiere)

FEVER HIGH is exactly what it says on the tin: they advertise breezy synthpop, and breezy synthpop is what you get.

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Pointer Sisters: Greatest Hits (Expanded Edition)

Despite its title, this Greatest Hits comp deftly mixes radio smashes with lesser-known album cuts to paint a picture of a group burgeoning on pop stardom, but stops just a breath before they got there.

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Jain - “Come” (Frank Pole remix) (audio) (premiere)

Jain’s “Come” has already done quite well for itself, hitting #1 on the French pop charts in no small part thanks to its snappily syncopated blue-eyed-soul thump.

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Principled Pleasure: Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ at 30 Still Commands Respect

A masterpiece of self worth-themed contextual pop proves our idiocy for downgrade shaming her to the status of "wardrobe malfunction".

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Dexys: Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

A minor triumph for one of music's ultimate mavericks, Kevin Rowland, convincing that Irish folk and pop/soul standards can make an appealing combination.

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Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney

Pure McCartney is a collection rich with terrific songwriting and performances, a monumental testament to Paul McCartney’s legacy that extends far beyond the Beatles.

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Tegan and Sara Honed Their Pop Songs With Care, and People Noticed

Like so much of the best pop, Tegan and Sara's music balances universality and specificity.

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Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger

God, wristbands and swear words: Paul Simon's latest reminds us why he's so essential.

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The Last Shadow Puppets - “Miracle Aligner” (Singles Going Steady)

"Miracle Aligner" finds the Last Shadow Puppets doing their best beach-pop impression over a pristine, wall-of-sound backdrop.

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Capable of Anything: An Interview with Ben Folds

"I think most of the gold was mined out of [rock music] probably in the '60s -- and then I think since then you're just mining for dust now."

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Rachael Sage - “I Don’t Believe It” (video) (premiere)

Rachael Sage has created an uplifting and powerful piece of music that speaks to the pain caused to her from a young life filled with bullying.

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Meghan Trainor: Thank You (Deluxe Edition)

Thank You shows musical growth for Trainor while simultaneously moving her closer to the more homogenous sound of mainstream pop.

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25 May 2016 // 2:15 AM

Cate Le Bon: Crab Day

Cate Le Bon shows the true extent of her powerfully versatile creative voice on Crab Day.

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Various Artists: A Tribute to Pet Sounds

Some of the most respected experimental artists of the 21st century dish up their takes on the Beach Boys' classic album.

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Rufus Wainwright: Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets

Tightly curated and ultimately exhilarating, Wainwright fashions nine of the bard’s classics into a mini-opera.

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20 May 2016 // 1:55 PM

U.S. Girls - “New Age Thriller” (Singles Going Steady)

Cryptic, moody, and possessed by a nearly Lynchian sense of unease, "New Age Thriller" is a demented avant-pop vignette.

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16 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Janet Jackson - “Dammn Baby” (Singles Going Steady)

One says the song is "an unimpeachable work of pop artistry" and another says it's "a fairly standard R&B dance groove". Who's right?

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