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Muy Loco: Hot 100 Roundup—9/14/13

Eminem—“Berzerk” #3 As good as it is to see Eminem running at full, sober throttle again, the fact remains that “Berzerk” is a hopeless, chaotic jumble—it’s a tribute to Rick Rubin’s production skills that it makes any sense at all. … Continue reading

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How Does One Diffie, Exactly? Hot 100 Roundup—3/30/13

French Montana featuring Nicki Minaj—“Freaks” #77 As a rapper, French Montana is negligible, but he sure knows how to pick hooks and choose guests. Nicki Minaj is perfect here, even if you can’t understand half of what she says. Since … Continue reading

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The Highway Don’t Care, But My Songs Do: Hot 100 Roundup—2/23/13

Fall Out Boy—“My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)” #26 I’ve never been a fan of Fall Out Boy. Their songs, their playing, and their ideas always seemed muddled to me, and when you combined … Continue reading

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Middling Ground: Hot 100 Roundup—2/9/13

One of those weeks where nothing is great, but nothing is horrible, either. That doesn’t mean it’s all mediocre, just that the good stuff is rarely more than that, and the bad stuff doesn’t make you feel nauseous. It all … Continue reading

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Pineapples and Swimming Pools
Hot 100 Roundup—8/18/12

50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys—“New Day” #79 Another uplifting chorus from Alicia Keys (“Empire State of Mind” it ain’t), a familiar-sounding snare drum beat from her hubby, and 50 Cent at his most mush-mouthed, lying to us: … Continue reading

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WTF?
Hot 100 Roundup—7/14/12

Owl City & Carly Ray Jepsen—“Good Time” #18 Adam Young, better known as Owl City, should not try to be David Guetta (especially if he’s going to sing), and Carly Rae Jepsen, who, despite “Call Me Maybe”, still needs to … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/19/11

Mac Miller—”Party On Fifth Ave.” #64 I like the music, but Miller is a competent rapper at best, and his verses are full of filler. Even musically, though, this is stiffer than a party song should be. Glee Cast—”Last Friday … 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—11/5/11

Justin Bieber—”Mistletoe” #11 Just for the season, Bieber steps out of hip-pop into Jason Mraz/Colbie Caillat/Coca-Cola commercial territory. At least I hope it’s just for the season. Christina Perri—”A Thousand Years” #74 Perri is actually getting better. This is merely … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/10/11

Pistol Annies—”Hell On Heels” #55 Reviewed in Bubbling Under, 7/23/11 Martina McBride—”I’m Gonna Love You Through It” #77 Taking Brad Paisley at his word, McBride serves up a country song about cancer, and doesn’t hesitate to say the C word … Continue reading

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