Tag Archives: Jennifer Lopez

Yes Mediocre
Hot 100 Roundup—7/5/14

Maroon 5—“Maps” #14 Adam Levine is no longer a vocalist, he’s a special effect designed to get the maximum amount of attention by sounding both human and machine-like (synthesizer-like really) at the same time. This is perfect for Maroon 5, … Continue reading

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Bring Out the Big Balloons!
Hot 100 Roundup—4/26/14

Ed Sheeran—“Sing” #15 With Pharrell in the producer’s chair, this was guaranteed to at least not be a rhythmic embarrassment. The acoustic guitar driven beat is a welcome change from the usual drum machines, Sheeran’s vocals are fine overall, and … Continue reading

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I Luh Ya Pop
Hot 100 Roundup—3/29/14

Soko—“We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” #9 Yet another YouTube flash, debuting in the top ten and disappearing completely the next week. Soko herself isn’t a flash—she made a wonderful record with Cornershop a couple of years ago—but this is … Continue reading

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Unconscious: Hot 100 Roundup—3/22/14

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

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Gangs, Girls, and Good Ol’ Boys: Hot 100 Roundup—5/25/13

Mariah Carey featuring Miguel—“#Beautiful” #24 The guitar intro sounds off at first, like someone without chops trying to play the opening of The Temptation’s “My Girl” and having to cut large sections of it in order to stay on the … Continue reading

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Of Beez and Men
Hot 100 Roundup—4/21/12

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull—“Dance Again” #27 The music on the chorus is too garish, and Pitbull is wasted, but the verses are great, and this record officially establishes Lopez’s comeback as more successful than Madonna’s. Of course, Lopez achieved this … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/10/11

Rihanna “Talk That Talk” (featuring Jay-Z), #31 “Where Have You Been”, #65 Dance music isn’t designed to stick in your memory, and I have the same problem with these that I have with the last couple of Rihanna’s records: I … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—5/21/11

Lady Antebellum—”Just A Kiss” #7 Definite proof that the near-great “Need You Now” was a fluke. This one, which is both mellow and overwrought in equal measure, concerns grown-up abstinence, and should relieve those who were worried by the drunken … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—5/14/11

Jill Scott featuring Anthony Hamilton—”So In Love” #105 As smooth, funky, and intelligent as this is, its seams show. When you start ticking off the influences as the song plays (“Marvin Gaye. Oh, Al Green. Hey, now it’s Bill Withers.”) … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—5/7/11

Luke Bryan—”Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” #22 The intro, especially that throbbing guitar line, shakes pretty well, but after that it’s all by rote. If Bryan actually demonstrated some honest lust, his sexism might be forgivable, but instead he … Continue reading

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