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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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Hot 100 Roundup—6/1/13

Bruno Mars—“Treasure” #71 A lot of people pegged this as their favorite track when Unorthodox Jukebox came out, but I’ve always found it a little too perfect. It’s lovingly crafted, but even though it doesn’t have the museum case quality … Continue reading

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Sex & Death
Hot 100 Roundup—11/17/12

The Band Perry—“Better Dig Two” #53 In which the group who jump-started their career with “If I Die Young” goes full bore into country gothic. The woman in “Better Dig Two” not only vows to follow her husband in death, … Continue reading

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Fall Breaks and Back to Winter
Hot 100 Roundup—11/3/12

The autumn rush has gone by, or so it seems to me, much faster than usual, and with less effect than expected. Partly this is because it’s been dominated by two artists, Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons, but also … Continue reading

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For Completists Only

Just a quick note to let people know that I’ve finally done something I’ve meant to do for a long time: created a page for the entire current Hot 100, all reviews included. Some of the records have been on … Continue reading

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From the Ridiculous To the Sublime
Hot 100 Roundup—7/7/12

Maroon 5—“One More Night” #42 Less irritating than “Payphone”, but also less catchy, with both the band and producer Max Martin running on automatic. Since “Payphone” still hasn’t peaked (God help us), I’m not even sure why they released this. … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/24/11

Glee Cast “We Are Young”, #12 “Survivor/I Will Survive”, #51 “Man In the Mirror”, #76 “ABC”, #88 “Red Solo Cup”, #92 T-Pain featuring Lil Wayne—”Bang Bang Pow Pow” #48 After the failure of two strong singles a year or so … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/12/11

Coldplay featuring Rihanna—”Princess of China” #20 The grander the statement, the vaguer and more ordinary the music becomes. Rihanna adds nothing, because there’s nothing to be added to. In the context of the album the lyrics might make sense—though I … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/24/11

Kelly Clarkson—”Mr. Know It All” #18 What’s most frustrating about Clarkson is her material. She sings this beautifully, and the hook is good, but the groove is old hat and never builds—I kept waiting for the song to take off … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—5/7/11

Incubus—”Adolescents” #101 Intelligent hard rock that isn’t loaded with pretension is so rare that I’m probably overrating this, and as smart as it is it’s still mired in hard rock’s negative view of the world, with any signs of a … Continue reading

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