pop

Dark-Pop Queen CXLOE and Her ‘Shiny New Thing’

Dark-Pop Queen CXLOE and Her ‘Shiny New Thing’

CXLOE’s Shiny New Thing is hook-forward pop music, an unrelenting collection of emoto-bangers, and an arch response to a clueless music executive.

‘Voulez Vous’: ABBA’s Poptimist Manifesto at 45

‘Voulez Vous’: ABBA’s Poptimist Manifesto at 45

On Voulez Vous, ABBA went disco and created a turbo-charged version of their music. The raucous choruses of Voulez Vouz preview a decade of pop.

The Beatles Shake Britain: The Beginning of Beatlemania

The Beatles Shake Britain: The Beginning of Beatlemania

Shake It Up, Baby! breaks down the Beatles’ concerts, business deals, sleepless nights, and bloody fights month by month during the transitional year of 1963.

Dua Lipa Sets a Major Breakthrough for Indie and Pop Music

Dua Lipa Sets a Major Breakthrough for Indie and Pop Music

With the help of Kevin Parker and Danny L. Harle, Dua Lipa’s new album Radical Optimism sounds like Tame Impala meets PC Music and goes to headline Glastonbury.

Pabllo Vittar’s ‘Batidão Tropical Vol. 2’ Is Brazilian History You Can Dance To

Pabllo Vittar’s ‘Batidão Tropical Vol. 2’ Is Brazilian History You Can Dance To

Pabllo Vittar’s music echoes cultural movements and carries layers of Brazilian history in a package that requires no explanation to enjoy listening and dancing to.

Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Is Ambitious and Experimental

Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Is Ambitious and Experimental

The Tortured Poets Department‘s songs are calculated, complete, and the most experimental and ambitious of Taylor Swift’s work to date.

Taylor Swift Overcomes Breakup on ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

Taylor Swift Overcomes Breakup on ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

Taylor Swift advances the Midnights synth-based and diaristic formula, embracing increasingly sophisticated and minimalistic sonics on The Tortured Poets Department.

Emel Keeps Her Electropop Revolution Strong on ‘MRA’

Emel Keeps Her Electropop Revolution Strong on ‘MRA’

Tunisian artist Emel’s MRA is what contemporary pop should be: a true and socially conscious mélange that makes its audiences want to listen, learn, and move.

Reyna Tropical Find the Bitter and the Sweet on ‘Malegría’

Reyna Tropical Find the Bitter and the Sweet on ‘Malegría’

All we have is each other. Let’s dance and fall in love, for what else is there? Reyna Tropical’s Malegría provides the soundtrack.

Maggie Rogers Turns Inward on ‘Don’t Forget Me’

Maggie Rogers Turns Inward on ‘Don’t Forget Me’

Maggie Rogers’ latest album, Don’t Forget Me, is a soft and breezy return to the musician we met on her debut studio effort Heard It in a Past Life.

Poland’s Coals Seek Solace in Relaxing Melancholy on ‘Sanatorium’

Poland’s Coals Seek Solace in Relaxing Melancholy on ‘Sanatorium’

Polish duo Coals always looks for something new in music, and Sanatorium is no different. But in the lyrics and emotions, it’s a return to the past.

Lizzy McAlpine Ages Into Herself on ‘Older’

Lizzy McAlpine Ages Into Herself on ‘Older’

Older hones in on what makes Lizzy McAlpine a compelling artist: astute observations of being young and in love and still learning what those things mean.