​Peter Piatkowski

Peter is a London-based writer, though he was raised in Chicago. He writes pop culture criticism and film criticism. His work has been published in various publications, including anthologies and journals.
Durand Jones’ Solo Debut Is Powerful and Personal

Durand Jones’ Solo Debut Is Powerful and Personal

Braiding stirring songwriting prowess and beautiful vocals, Durand Jones has created one of the most assured and brightest debut albums in quite some time.

The 35 Best Janet Jackson Songs

The 35 Best Janet Jackson Songs

We’re looking at Janet Jackson’s fabulous discography to celebrate her birthday. Most of these songs are pop classics and define ’80s/’90s pop and dance radio.

Memories of Basia’s ‘The Sweetest Illusion’ 29 Years Later

Memories of Basia’s ‘The Sweetest Illusion’ 29 Years Later

Basia’s The Sweetest Illusion speaks to my family’s migration from Poland to France, the US, and the UK. Like Basia, I’ve picked up various cultural ephemera along the way.

Ellie Goulding Invites Listeners to Dance on Bubbly ‘Higher Than Heaven’

Ellie Goulding Invites Listeners to Dance on Bubbly ‘Higher Than Heaven’

Following the intense ambition of Ellie Goulding’s previous album, 2020’s Brightest BlueHigher Than Heaven is a refreshing jolt of candy-coated vigor.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones Confront Fatherhood with ‘Angels in Science Fiction’

St. Paul & The Broken Bones Confront Fatherhood with ‘Angels in Science Fiction’

St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ Angels in Science Fiction confronts the idea of being a father and bringing a child into a world as frightening as ours.

The Loud Warning of Ska Concert Film ‘Dance Craze’ Must Still Be Heard

The Loud Warning of Ska Concert Film ‘Dance Craze’ Must Still Be Heard

Dance Craze, the legendary concert film about the ska revival in Britain, brilliantly captures the performers’ sweaty, frantic, animated energy and the warning in their music’s message.

Liza Minnelli Hung Up Her Feather Boa and Sequins for ‘Gently’

Liza Minnelli Hung Up Her Feather Boa and Sequins for ‘Gently’

Gently is, in Liza Minnelli’s own words, a “make-out” album. The 1996 record reaches for the kind of rueful, ruminative romance found in a smoky bar.

Céline Dion’s ‘Falling Into You’ Was a Triumph of 1990s High Camp Pop Art

Céline Dion’s ‘Falling Into You’ Was a Triumph of 1990s High Camp Pop Art

Falling Into You could only be made by an artist like Céline Dion, who knows that whatever she puts out will be slammed by critics but adored by her audience.

Madonna Unveiled Her Pop Masterpiece ‘Ray of Light’ 25 Years Ago

Madonna Unveiled Her Pop Masterpiece ‘Ray of Light’ 25 Years Ago

Madonna’s Ray of Light and dance music are unfairly underrated and dismissed, primarily due to being the cultural product of queerness and centered on femininity.

Barbra Streisand Made Her Splashy Debut in 1963

Barbra Streisand Made Her Splashy Debut in 1963

The boldness of Barbra Streisand’s fully-formed persona makes The Barbra Streisand Album an integral part of 1960s pop culture, revolutionary in its own way.

Junior Boys Move in a Gentler Direction with ‘Waiting Game’

Junior Boys Move in a Gentler Direction with ‘Waiting Game’

On Junior Boys’ Waiting Game, the sounds are slowed down significantly, and we’re pulled into a far tighter space than in the past, reflecting our melancholy.

The 25 Best Christmas Albums by Pop Divas

The 25 Best Christmas Albums by Pop Divas

Pop divas seem born for Christmas: they’re dramatic, emotional, sentimental, campy – everything that’s Christmas. These best Christmas albums suit the season.