Articles tagged pop

To the Queen, With Love: Donna Summer Revisited, Day 2

Today brings part two of our Donna Summer special. In the clubs and on the airwaves, Summer remains a vital force. PopMatters celebrates the hits that spawned a revolution in dance music.

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21 Oct 2013 // 2:06 AM

Katy Perry: Prism

Katy Perry is still very much in her songwriting groove with Prism, but the more time you spend with it, the more apparent it is that she's actually stuck in a rut.

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Jeff Lynne: Armchair Theatre (Deluxe Re-Issue)

A true testament to his musicianship and longevity in the business, Jeff Lynne's forgotten classic, Armchair Theatre, returns -- and it sounds better than ever.

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Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady

A redrawing of black, gender and female sexual politics for the 21st century on this brilliantly realised album by one of the world's most innovative and important musicians.

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Katy Perry’s “Roar” Is Surprisingly Tame

After breaking records and becoming one of the biggest millennial pop stars in the world, Katy Perry's big comeback single is surprisingly safe, timid, and -- worst of all -- just plain boring.

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KingBathmat: Overcoming the Monster

A brilliant synthesis of colorful timbres, complex ideas, and catchy hooks. A gem in the genre.

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7 Aug 2013 // 11:06 PM

Barbarossa: Bloodlines

As reserved as it is remorseful and romantic, Bloodlines is a moving, grand achievement.

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AlunaGeorge: Body Music

Body Music is an effortless, sophisticated mixture of Aaliyah x Lily Allen x the XX plus so much more.

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Sara Bareilles: The Blessed Unrest

Sara Bareilles shows grand ambition and excellent musicianship on The Blessed Unrest, though she sometimes overreaches.

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24 Jul 2013 // 11:01 PM

Jimmy Eat World: Damage

Respectable in execution, but not quite as recommendable as certain past works, Damage is nevertheless a serviceable effort from a still very talented band.

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17 Jun 2013 // 11:01 PM

Grandchildren: Golden Age

Golden Age doesn't get caught up in the nostalgia its name implies, but its lofty ambitions aren't met by its uneven tracklist.

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9 May 2013 // 11:02 PM

will.i.am: #willpower

#willpower sets the dance floor ablaze with excellent production, flawed by a lack of cohesion.

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Chico Mann: Magical Thinking

Mann navigates through ‘80s influences and cues masterfully throughout Magical Thinking.

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10 Apr 2013 // 6:00 AM

Someone like Adele: ZZ Ward

For listeners aching to hear more blues-inflected female pop à la Adele, look no further than this rising American singer-songwriter.

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1 Apr 2013 // 11:02 PM

Theme Park: Theme Park

The long-awaited debut from London pop group Theme Park makes no grand statements, but it is so much fun that no one will mind.

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25 Mar 2013 // 9:30 AM

CHVRCHES: Recover EP

The Knife's peculiar brand of steely synthpop finds a new champion in Glasgow's CHVRCHES.

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28 Jan 2013 // 7:25 AM

Nicolette - “Fascination”

Electronic-pop chanteuse Nicolette bounces back with the life-affirming funk of her newest, ear-pleasing single.

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Melody’s Echo Chamber: Melody’s Echo Chamber

An experimental blend of genres that is more admirable for its bold vision and diversity than for its quality and approachability.

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8 Oct 2012 // 11:04 PM

Naytronix: Dirty Glow

A plethora of cool sounds and intriguing timbres can't make up for repetitiveness and a lack of decent songwriting.

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Jack’s Mannequin: People and Things

There are lots of people and things here. Where McMahon sells the album short is in failing to make either of those two come fully alive.

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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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