‘Rebel Heart': Madonna’s Unapologetic Pop Conquest (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Once upon a time, there lived an #UnapologeticBitch named Madonna. She was baptized with #HolyWater but born with a #RebelHeart, which led her to take the road less traveled by. And in her quest to express herself and encourage the world to start #LivingForLove,  she eventually became #Iconic. 32 years, 13 studio albums, nine worldwide tours and one Sock Bitch… Read the full article

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Madonna, ‘Rebel Heart': Track-By-Track (Part Two)

by Bradley Stern

The last time we left off with Queen Of Everything Madonna‘s 13th studio album Rebel Heart, the record had only leaked in full once, and Snapchat and Grindr were still only being used for nudes…and “networking.” My, how much has changed. By now, we’ve all watched Matadonna’s spectacular, rose-colored return among sexy minotaurs on Snapchat… Read the full article

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‘Vulnicura': Björk Honors Her Pain With Her Most Raw Record Yet (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

“I better document this,” Björk wearily sings on “Stonemilker,” the opening song on her ninth studio album, Vulnicura (or, literally in Latin, “wound heal.”) And so begins what is, undoubtedly, her most personal album to date. (Let’s get the Björkney Jean joke out the way right now.) In retrospect, the intimacy of Vulnicura only makes… Read the full article

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Madonna, ‘Rebel Heart': Track-By-Track (Part One)

by Bradley Stern

Madonna, you bitch. You #unapologeticbitch. Last night — well, early this morning, or whenever you’re reading this — the Queen Of Pop semi-released her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, in a swift, Beyoncé-ian drop on iTunes. Of course, unlike Bey, Madonna’s been digitally navigating us through every single song title, lyric and produce included on her upcoming LP… Read the full article

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Various Artists, ‘Utada Hikaru No Uta’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Utada Hikaru hasn’t released a studio album in over four years (that’s well over 300 years by Japanese pop standards), but her presence in the music industry is still felt. Strongly. Back at the end of 2010, the prolific singer-songwriter announced that she would be taking some time off to live life for a bit.… Read the full article

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‘Broke With Expensive Taste': Azealia Banks Puts Her Money Where Her Mouth Is (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

There was a time — the past two years, to be exact — that Broke With Expensive Taste existed merely as a punchline. But, in a testament to the true bizarreness of 2014, a time when Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea and Taylor Swift now rule the airwaves, Azealia Banks suddenly decided to drop her eternally delayed debut… Read the full article

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‘Only Human': Cheryl Should Probably Start Caring Again (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

[dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]t was perhaps all too prophetic that Only Human already sounded like an apology in album title form. “Sorry about this. I’m only human, loves!” That was just one of the signs, but really, Only Human missed the mark from the very beginning. Ever since Cheryl Tweedy Cole Fernandez-Versini Cheryl Just Cheryl went solo… Read the full article

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‘1989’: Taylor Swift Makes Her Triumphant Pop Debut (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

The year is 2014, and Taylor Swift has produced one of the strongest pop records of the year in 1989. But…her? Even if you’ve never counted yourself as a Taylor Swift fan (a Swiftie, for the sake of political correctness), it would be irresponsible (or impossible?) to look past her thunderous rise to superstardom over… Read the full article

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‘Aquarius': Tinashe Leads The Way (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

The dawn of a new era is finally upon us. While “2 On” is most likely the point of entry for most fans of Tinashe in the past year, the LA-bred songstress has been working her way up in the industry for years. Of course, you should already know that. “Tired of y’all not doing… Read the full article

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‘Queen Of The Clouds': Tove Lo Takes Pop To New Heights (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Rising Swedish singer-songbird delivers a debut record full of heartbreak and bad habits — and effectively saves pop music in 2014.

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