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September 2010

Accentuate the Positive: Why Music Critics Write So Many Favorable Reviews

The author is expected to not only justify the album’s existence, but to justify the need to write about it in the first place. Is it any wonder then that such an intensely personal (and often defensive) writing tends to veer towards positivism?


Stories to Tell: A Conversation with the Family Stand

From music to politics, the members of the Family Stand are fearless in their convictions.


And Justice for All: Swedish Metal Supergroup Tackles Bullying with New Song

With bullying and abuse still a major problem in schools around the world, a star-studded lineup of metal musicians delivers its manifesto on the subject through the new project Sweden United.


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Interrupted Melody”

Irrespective of its placement in 'Exorcist II: The Heretic', both “Interrupted Melody” and its sister track, "Interrupted Melody (Suspended Sound)", work astoundingly well as `70s film-culture quantifiers, delivering Ennio Morricone’s ability to challenge us not only with atonality, or in this case, clearly presented tonality in contrast to his more abstract works.


Exploring Chicago: ‘Chicago VII’

Chicago VII is a crucial addition to Chicago's catalogue, despite its commercial overture. It was the sound of a band exploring their origins through the inclusion of jazz-like pieces, while simultaneously refining their pop sound to a polished sheen.


Counterbalance No. 2: The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’

In this installment of Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger's tag-team series Counterbalance, the pair take on the Beatles’ 1966 bellwether 'Revolver'. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream!


The Case for Lady Gaga

The reason I love Lady Gaga is she gives you so much more to like without the sour aftertaste of the explicitly sincere. With a bewildering assault of daring and reticence, she has buried herself completely until all that's left is aftershocks of passionate commentary and loaded imagery.


Definitely Maybe the Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s

Half the fun of lists like this is tearing them down immediately after they’ve been built up.


20 Questions: Lana Mir

The Ukraine-born singer/songwriter Lana Mir has had already made several sacrifices to get to where she is now. Here she unveils a love of Leo Tolstoy, her thoughts on the current US immigration debate, and how she wishes she could've made 'Mulholland Drive' herself ...


Out of the Shadows, Into the Light: An Interview with Jody Porter

'PopMatters' speaks with Fountains of Wayne guitarist Jody Porter about his debut solo album, 'Close to the Sun'.


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