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Hot 100 Roundup—11/26/11

Taylor Swift “If This Was a Movie”, #10 “Ours”, #13 “Superman”, #26 Swift’s detractors are no doubt salivating over the idea of her releasing a live album, but in the meantime they have to deal with these three new studio … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/24/10

Taylor Swift—”Back To December” #6 The problem with most pop and country ballads isn’t that they’re slow and lugubrious (though they often are), but that they’re so damned predictable. You can see every turn in the melody and lyric (if … Continue reading

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New this week—8/8/10

Sugarland—”Stuck Like Glue” #20 When I heard that Sugarland was claiming steampunk influences on their new album, I expected the worst: something both cutesy and overwrought, pretentious and bland. Instead, we get a charming, though not brilliant, love song, driven … Continue reading

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The year so far, ctd.

When I was doing my half-year summation last week, an idea struck me that I didn’t have time to include. As I said there, the apparent greatness of the year overall hasn’t made much of an impression on the pop … Continue reading

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New this week—6/13/10

Drake featuring Lil Wayne—”Miss Me” #15 It’s hard to determine whether Drake is the real thing or not—or anything at all, for that matter. His inability to shake his influences and come forth as himself is a major problem—first time … Continue reading

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The end of country as we know it

Sugarland says their next album will be influenced by steampunk: Nettles says that “The Incredible Machine”—both the album and their forthcoming tour—take inspiration from the “steampunk movement”, a branch of science fiction that imagines a world where humans evolved intellectually, … Continue reading

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New this week—3/14/10

Justin Bieber—”Never Let You Go” #21 The most irritating thing about Justin Bieber may be something over which he has no real control: all his records sound the same. He may have talent, but he either possesses such a narrow … Continue reading

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New this week

Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews—”I’m Alive” #92 It’s anyone’s guess as to who came up with the Beatlesish feel of this record—it sounds like a mash-up of “Dear Prudence” and “Mother Nature’s Son”—but whether it was Chesney or Matthews, it’s … Continue reading

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