Marina and the Diamonds: The Family Jewels (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

The Family Jewels is the debut album by Marina and the Diamonds (real name Marina Diamandis–see what she did there?). Having just been named the #2 “One to Watch” on the BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2010 list, Marina is about to endure a great deal of scrutiny and criticism under the magnifying glass of the… Read the full article


Sade: Soldier of Love (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Soldier of Love, Sade‘s first studio album in over ten years, comes sandwiched in between two rather auspiciously timed events: heavy blizzards and Valentine’s Day. What else should be softly playing in the background than the warm, romantic layers of a Sade record? The musical influences found on this record stretch far across genres and… Read the full article


Heidi Montag: Superficial (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

It’s difficult to appreciate Heidi Montag as a human being. At first glance, she isn’t much more than your typical blonde bimbo socialite; a plastic Barbie making bank from a talentless role on a “reality” show gallivanting around L.A. to fill the narcissistic need for attention like a spray-tanned crack addict with a flesh-color beard… Read the full article


Ke$ha: Animal (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

“When I woke up, I was like what did I do last night? Like what did I do? I fucked up… story of my life.” Nicole “Snookums” Polizzi, Jersey Shore Congratulations…it’s 2010! Who’s ready to drink? That’s the lasting, ever-present theme of Animal, the long-awaited debut album from Ke$ha. (That’s kesh-uh, like ketchup, not key-shuh,… Read the full article


Rihanna: Rated R (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

In the aftermath of the Chris Brown incident, Rated R could have gone one of three ways for Rihanna: A schlocky, inspirational ballad-filled account of her experience, an ignorance-is-bliss continuation of her winning 2008 dancefloor formula, or something much, much more daring than anything she’s ever done before. Lucky enough for us, she’s gone ahead… Read the full article


Lady Gaga: The Fame Monster (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

As Torrance Shipman once said in the 2000 classic, Bring It On, “Missy’s the poo…so take a big whiff.” While that quote doesn’t really apply here (aside from suggesting that Gaga is indeed ‘the poo’), the point is this: As the driving force behind the writing and recording process of her music, the creative director… Read the full article


Kate Havnevik: Me EP Album Review and US Tour Dates

by Bradley Stern

Kate Havnevik is releasing an exclusive EP ahead of her next studio album, You, slated for release in early 2010. The Me EP (see what she did there with the album name?) features five tracks: “Show Me Love,” “Halo,” “Think Again,” “Disobey,” and Soon.” If you suddenly find yourself longing for some Frou Frou while… Read the full article


Blake Lewis: Heartbreak on Vinyl (Album Review and Giveaway)

by Bradley Stern

Anyone looking for a post-Halloween treat? I’ve always had a thing for Blake Lewis, be it his fanboy-like devotion to electronica, his open embrace of the gay community, or that cherry blossom tattoo on his forearm. On October 6, Lewis unleashed his sophomore attempt, Heartbreak on Vinyl, released through Tommy Boy Records. Like his previous… Read the full article


Cheryl Cole: 3 Words (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

When Cheryl Cole announced her plans to take a brief break from powerhouse girl group Girls Aloud and embark on a solo outing, my mind was wrought with fear as usual: Fear of an Aloud split (not true in the end), fear of wannabe-rapping (a little true in the end), and above all, a feared… Read the full article


The Saturdays: Wordshaker (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Rejoice, friends: you can judge this album by its cover. Wordshaker, The Saturdays second effort out on October 12 through Fascination Records, suffers no sign of the sophomore slump anywhere on the album. Complete with twelve single-ready tracks (yes, all twelve), the follow-up is a complete and utter triumph complete with massive choruses, catchy harmonies,… Read the full article