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by PopMatters Staff

27 Sep 2016


Andrew Paschal: Lots of pop artists sing about overcoming adversity and “not giving up”, and often it rings hollow, coming across mostly as a fear of negative emotions and insistence on positivity at all costs. When Sia sings about these things, though, I believe her. Her lyrics are no different than your typical Katy Perry or Demi Lovato anthem, but you can hear the pain and brokenness in her voice; the fact that she weaves such shattered emotions into a perfect pop tapestry, as she does on “The Greatest”, speaks to a real and authentic triumph. This has been Sia’s calling card ever since her pop revitalization a few years back, but there’s something particularly labyrinthine, twisted, and gnarled about this one that makes it stand out even by Sia standards. Unlike the extraverted bangers on This Is Acting, “The Greatest” is rawer and more psychological; it takes you inside a mind coursing with adrenaline, the survival instinct kicking in just as the water begins to rise. [8/10]

by Jedd Beaudoin

27 Sep 2016


Photo: Zsolt Reti

“Winning a Losing Battle” is taken from the upcoming Crippled Black Phoenix release, Bronze, out November 4 via Season of Mist. The nine-minute track reaches far and wide as it takes listeners from the vintage progressive rock era of Pink Floyd and Robert Wyatt to the contemporary sounds of post-rock. Along the way there are brief pauses for passages that call to mind film scores and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Sep 2016


JUNO and Polaris Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Donovan Woods released a deluxe edition of his fourth album, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled, back on August 22nd that includes four bonus live performance tracks. Woods’ profile is rising quickly and making his hometown of Toronto proud as he’s become an in-demand songwriter in Nashville with his plainspoken but universal lyrics. “What They Mean” premieres today on PopMatters.

by Eric Risch

23 Sep 2016


Photo: Katrena Rochell

Having relocated to Nashville from Los Angeles at the turn of the decade, singer/songwriter Stewart Eastham launched his solo career in 2013 after disbanding his original group, Day of the Outlaw. Reconvening the rhythm section of his former band for sophomore solo outing Dancers in the Mansion, Eastham’s goal was to create an album of songs with a “head bobbin’ vibe”.

by Evan Sawdey

23 Sep 2016


Photo: Katherine Copeland Anderso

Andre Cymone‘s place in history—as a childhood friend of Prince who was also his early bassist, to say nothing of his own unique solo career—is absolutely secure. For Cymone, however, that doesn’t mean he’s comfortable.

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20 Questions: Rachael Yamagata

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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