It started with Beyonce, riding her alcohol-fueled “surfbort” into a flurry of giggles, and ended, for now, with Nicki Minaj’s demented chortle on “Anaconda”. In between it popped up in actuality and in attitude, in phrases and poses, in choruses … Continue reading
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Craig Wayne Boyd—“The Old Rugged Cross” #59 J. Cole “Wet Dreamz”, #73 “No Role Modelz”, #95 On his last album Cole sounded like a Kanye West wannabe: it was easy to appreciate his ambition, but it was obvious he hadn’t … Continue reading
A hodgepodge this week: eleven records with only two of any quality, one by a new artist who’s most likely a oneshot (Dej Loaf), the other a decent throwaway by an artist capable of far better (Eric Church). But most … Continue reading
Ariana Grande featuring Zedd—“Break Free” #15 If Grande wants to be the second coming of Mariah Carey (or third, since the second was Mariah herself), I’d prefer she take her business elsewhere. But if she decides to become an EDM … Continue reading
Charli XCX—“Boom Clap” #62 Soundtrack fodder, reportedly a leftover from True Romance, and still better than 98% of whatever else has appeared on the chart this year. Charli XCX’s gift for hooks is amazing enough, but her gift for planting … Continue reading
Coldplay—“Magic” #24 The news of Chris Martin’s breakup with Gyneth Paltrow, conscious or not, lends this song a certain poignancy. It sounds like too little too late, as if Martin was arguing with someone who’s already made up her mind. … Continue reading
At last, a great record makes an appearance, and I’ll try not to let the fact that’s it’s almost a year old bias me against 2013 (besides, there’s more great, newer stuff coming up next week). “I Love It” may … Continue reading
Fader has posted a new remix of “You’re the One” by The Internet featuring Mike G. I may actually like this more than the original.
As long as US programmers are concentrating on British trash pop like Rita Ora and Cher Lloyd, it’s going to be difficult for a real artist like Charli XCX to break in the US. This one won’t do it, but … Continue reading
“I Love It” from Icona Pop. Written by Charli XCX. Great sound, and the middle eight of the year.