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Small Towns and Limousines—Hot 100 Roundup—1/25/14

Lucy Hale—“You Sound Good To Me” #88 A perfectly decent record, and solo female voices have become so rare on the country charts (unless they’re named Taylor, Carrie, or Miranda), that I won’t even complain about Hale having gotten there … Continue reading

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Insert Clever SEO Headline Pun Here: Hot 100 Roundup—1/18/14

The Fray—“Love Don’t Die” #81 Their toughened-up sound makes them more bearable—though you still have to listen to the lead mumbler suck in his saliva between every line (he’s so sincere about it, too)—but it doesn’t make their stockpile of … Continue reading

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Freezie Pop: Hot 100 Roundup—1/11/14

DJ Snake & Lil Jon—“Turn Down For What” #38 The best yeller in the business shores up the cracks in an overwrought pastiche of trap cliches. I like the yelling, I even like some of the cliches, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Beyonceworld: Hot 100 Roundup—1/4/14

Beyonce “Drunk In Love” (featuring Jay Z), #12 “XO”, #66 “Mine” (featuring Drake), #99 I have a lot of respect for Beyonce. Detailing all her virtues would be redundant, especially considering how much has been written by others over the … Continue reading

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Men and Their Stories—Hot 100 Roundup 12/28/13

Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper—“Confident” #41 Saving the best for last, Bieber finally reaches the end of his string of Journals singles. “Confident” is uptempo reggae with dub touches, a surprise after the moodiness of the previous records. Bieber’s … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Western Christmas: Hot 100 Roundup—12/21/13

Pentatonix—“Little Drummer Boy” #13 My second least favorite Christmas song (number 1: “Do You Hear What I Hear”), done with a human beatbox (how did that take so long to show up?) and a group of singers who desperately want … Continue reading

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Up Down Up Down: Hot 100 Roundup—12/14/13

Justin Bieber—“Roller Coaster” #47 Unlike almost every other pop song that has featured a roller coaster, Bieber’s latest entry in his string of diaristic singles uses the slow parts of the ride. The fast bits pay proper homage to the … Continue reading

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Bombs Away: Hot 100 Roundup—12/7/13

One Direction “Diana”, #11 “Midnight Memories”, #12 “Strong”, #87 Good hooks, good words (mostly about being famous, but then what else would they know?), and they love their rock and roll. But the end result is too stiff, too slick, … Continue reading

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An Agreement of Sound? Hot 100 Roundup—11/30/13

Matthew Schuler—“Hallelujah” #40 Justin Bieber—“All Bad” #50 Over three minutes, but, just like “Bad Day”, “All Bad” sounds like a fragment—verse, chorus, verse, chorus, no bridge or middle eight, no lyrical conclusion or climax. Considering the concept of Journals this … Continue reading

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Dopes: Hot 100 Roundup—11/23/13

Lady Gaga—“Dope” #8 Gaga’s love for seventies-style piano ballads is her greatest weakness, and “Dope” is one of the worst records she’s ever made. The song, with its melodramatic pauses and overloaded metaphors, is bad enough, but Gaga’s slurred vocals, … Continue reading

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