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Out, In, Up, Gone
Hot 100 Roundup—11/1/14

Taylor Swift—“Out Of The Woods” #18 The album may be called 1989, but the real source, for this song at least, is 1965 and the melodramatic girl-group sound of the Shangri-las. The wistful, echoing background vocals, the bracing shifts in … Continue reading

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They Got a Sayin’
Hot 100 Roundup—5/3/14

Lana Del Rey—“West Coast” #17 My difficulties with Del Rey revolve around performance rather than concept. Her intelligence is as obvious as her lack of vocal talent, and the music she places around her voice is smart but often overdone, … Continue reading

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Dance, Mr. Mambo, Dance! Hot 100 Roundup—7/13/13

Eli Young Band—“Drunk Last Night” #79 A good song, but the performance and arrangement are strictly average. Despite three decent, promising singles, I still can’t hear anything that sets Young apart from the pack. Maybe there’s no there there. Avicii—“Wake … Continue reading

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Bending the Cliché: Hot 100 Roundup—1/19/13

Another slow week, with yet more tracks from Les Miserables and Pitch Perfect, neither worth bothering with unless you have a liking for bland ballads and clunky medleys. But the three non-souvenirs are each fascinating in their way, reworking familiar … Continue reading

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Pouting Will Get You Nowhere
Hot 100 Roundup—6/30/12

Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean—“As Long As You Love Me” #21 Bieber isn’t stupid, and he tries harder than he probably even needs to, but he’s still young, and he still feels the need, in order to connect with his … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/31/11

Tim McGraw—”Better Than I Used To Be” #81 The lead single from McGraw’s last album for Curb records, with whom he’s been legally wrangling and trying to get out from under for about half his career. It’s still McGraw, so … Continue reading

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New this week—5/16/10

Eminem—”Not Afraid” #1 I’m happy for Eminem; he sounds stronger, sharper, on top of things. But this is not a good record. His delivery is forced and too consciously aggressive, his mix of scatological philosophizing and sentimentality confusing when it … Continue reading

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