Tag Archives: Alicia Keys

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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Hot 100 Roundup—9/22/12

The latest roundup has been posted by the Voice, and I’m already getting negative comments about my Taylor Swift review. I was expecting this. Criticizing charity singles, even when you like them, is a losing game. But that’s my job. … Continue reading

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Pineapples and Swimming Pools
Hot 100 Roundup—8/18/12

50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys—“New Day” #79 Another uplifting chorus from Alicia Keys (“Empire State of Mind” it ain’t), a familiar-sounding snare drum beat from her hubby, and 50 Cent at his most mush-mouthed, lying to us: … Continue reading

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The year so far

According to almost everyone, 2010 has been a great year in just about every genre: alternative, country, hip-hop, techno—great records have been popping up everywhere, from both new and old artists, with a full schedule of promising releases to come. … Continue reading

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New this week—6/27/10

Drake “Up All Night” featuring Nicki Minaj, #49 “9 AM In Dallas”, #57 “Fireworks” featuring Alicia Keys, #71 “Fancy” featuring T.I. & Swiss Beatz, #99 Approached in bulk, Drake’s tracks achieve a definite if subliminal groove that is, at first, … Continue reading

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New this week—4/18/10

Jack Johnson—”You and Your Heart” #20 Jack Johnson hates haters. Ooh, he hates those haters. He hates haters because they do hateful things like have standards and because their hearts are somehow disconnected from their bodies. (Jack Johnson’s heart is … Continue reading

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New this week—11/29/09

John Mayer “Half of My Heart” (featuring Taylor Swift), #25 “Heartbreak Warfare”, #100 What bothers me about these records, both above average in execution, emotion, and intelligence—especially “Heartbreak Warfare”—is Mayer’s apparent inability not to wear his influences on his sleeve. … Continue reading

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Is it just me, or is it spiky in here?

I’m not a big fashion guy, but when these three photos turned up in my RSS feed, I couldn’t help but notice. I guess everyone’s feeling a little defensive these days. And just as a side note, I’ve finally figured … Continue reading

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New this week

Alicia Keys—”Doesn’t Mean Anything” #60 I love the jittery piano rumbling that goes on underneath the arrangement, the sort of subtle touch that suggests Keys may have some musical smarts after all. But this sounds a hell of a lot … Continue reading

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