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by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2015


Steve Horowitz: Justin has got him self a nice little pop song here. If one doesn’t listen too carefully, the carefree spirit takes the listener on a joy ride. The narrator wants to be wanted, but then again, he’s not sure. He likes the game of the relationship, the push and pull of attraction. The Brad Furman video nicely captures the ambiguity well and carefully pulls back before ever getting too serious. The roll of cash, the cigarette lighter, the scary masks set the atmosphere without taking things too far. It may be a little dumb, but that fits the lightness of the material. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2015


Adrien Begrand: Well, if there’s one artist with the clout and the cash to try to make a video on par with a David Lean film, it’s Taylor Swift. Instead, sadly, it amounts to nothing more than a preening music video version of Out of Africa. Which, for the kids out there, was arguably the most boring movie to ever win the Best Picture Oscar. But who am I to say how good this is? My eight year-old niece watched this clip five times in a row, agog at the love triangle and Tay-Tay’s black wig. [5/10]

by PopMatters Staff

1 Sep 2015


Brian Duricy: Playful tribute to Drake’s oft-cited favorite slang of 2015 and the song’s producer? Check. Swirling, whining synths that pair well with Makonnen’s own unpolished swagger? Check. Pulling an early 2010s slip-hop forgetfulness and then deciding to shout himself out instead? Check. Rap can’t get more fun than ILoveMakonnen. [8/10]

by Danilo Bortoli

31 Aug 2015


Having only released music under her Computer Magic moniker in France and Japan, “Be Fair” is Danielle “Danz” Johnson’s first song off her US debut album Davos.

by Adrien Begrand

31 Aug 2015


Although she got her showbiz start on such tween sitcoms as Victorious (with Ariana Grande) and Dog With a Blog, Dara Sisterhen has smartly sidestepped that machine that eats child stars alive. No longer acting, she’s now a prolific singer-songwriter bridging indie pop and mainstream country—you can hear a little Kacey Musgraves in her music—the youngster recently released her charming new EP Boom, and has just put out a cute new video for the track “Kids” that brings a little B-movie fun into the mix.

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Double Take: The African Queen (1951)

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"What a time they had, Charlie and Rosie. They'll never lack for stories to tell their grandchildren. And what a time we had at Double Take discussing the spiritual and romantic journey of the African Queen.

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