soul pop

The Heavy Heavy’s Psych Debut ‘Life and Life Only’ Shatters ’60s Conventions

The Heavy Heavy’s Psych Debut ‘Life and Life Only’ Shatters ’60s Conventions

The Heavy Heavy’s ‘Life and Life Only’ mashes up soul, psych, mod, and a tinge of eerie folk to create ’60s sound thrillingly at odds with today’s pop charts.

Rachel McElhiney’s ‘I Love It Here’ Belies the Heart Beneath It All

Rachel McElhiney’s ‘I Love It Here’ Belies the Heart Beneath It All

The first thing you’ll notice about Rachel McElhiney is that deceptively powerful voice, which is a beautiful vehicle for her jazz-flecked tunes.

Boy George Went Solo with ‘Sold’ in the Tumultuous Mid-’80s

Boy George Went Solo with ‘Sold’ in the Tumultuous Mid-’80s

Boy George is an essential figure in queer pop culture because his work strove to counter the prevailing conversation about queerness in the 1980s.

Diana Ross Explored Black Music’s Rich History  on ‘Red Hot Rhythm & Blues’

Diana Ross Explored Black Music’s Rich History on ‘Red Hot Rhythm & Blues’

Thirty-five years ago, Red Hot Rhythm & Blues saw Diana Ross ambitiously and affectionately placing herself within the history of Black music.

Emeli Sandé Opens Up to Her Listeners with ‘Let’s Say for Instance’

Emeli Sandé Opens Up to Her Listeners with ‘Let’s Say for Instance’

Emeli Sandé’s soulful R&B is full of love. Once again this beautiful artist warmly embraces her listeners with her coming-out album, Let’s Say for Instance.

30 Years Ago Annie Lennox Created a Pop-Soul Classic with Debut LP ‘Diva’

30 Years Ago Annie Lennox Created a Pop-Soul Classic with Debut LP ‘Diva’

Thirty years ago, Annie Lennox’s Diva set a new standard for blue-eyed soul because she approached the style with depth, understanding, humility, and respect.

King Garbage’s Beautiful Mess of a Sophomore Album Is a Garage-Soul Classic

King Garbage’s Beautiful Mess of a Sophomore Album Is a Garage-Soul Classic

From marching band drums to gritty guitar lines to hip-hop beats, the dusty anything-goes soul-pop approach of King Garbage doesn’t have any contemporaries.

Lady Wray’s ‘Piece of Me’ Fondly Recalls 1970s Soul Music

Lady Wray’s ‘Piece of Me’ Fondly Recalls 1970s Soul Music

Filled with hardship, heartbreak, and occasional hope, Lady Wray said she wants to write music to help people heal and Piece of Me‘s 12 songs accomplish that.

Paul Weller’s ‘Illumination’ Gets a Vinyl Reissue Nearly 20 Years Later

Paul Weller’s ‘Illumination’ Gets a Vinyl Reissue Nearly 20 Years Later

Paul Weller’s Illumination is a highly enjoyable – if not groundbreaking – effort, filled with good-to-great songs. But Weller doesn’t move the needle here.

Paul Weller’s ‘Days of Speed’ Gets a Long-Awaited Vinyl Reissue

Paul Weller’s ‘Days of Speed’ Gets a Long-Awaited Vinyl Reissue

The vinyl reissue of Paul Weller’s Days of Speed is an inspired release, as it shows a vital new phase of his career with a live set that’s a sheer pleasure to rediscover.

Cold War Kids Bring a Satisfying Conclusion to the ‘New Age Norms’ Trilogy

Cold War Kids Bring a Satisfying Conclusion to the ‘New Age Norms’ Trilogy

Cold War Kids’ New Age Norms 3 takes some big swings and mostly lands with more of a good thing from an essential act in pop-rock.

Wesley Stace Tries a New Style on the Deeply Satisfying ‘Late Style’

Wesley Stace Tries a New Style on the Deeply Satisfying ‘Late Style’

After more than 30 years’ worth of albums, Wesley Stace steps out of his comfort zone, with splendid results on Late Style.