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


Noisettes: Wild Young Hearts (Album Review and Giveaway)

by Bradley Stern

Whenever a band changes up its style, the decision is usually met with jeers, hisses, lit torches, and angry pitchforks (in both the physical and digital sense). The Noisettes are an entirely different entity. With the release of Wild Young Hearts on September 21, their second major LP, the band demonstates that experimenting with a… Read the full article


Tegan and Sara: Sainthood (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Photo by Pamela Littky, courtesy of the label. I am, by no means, a rock music aficionado. And by “rock,” I mean anything primarily driven by the sound of a guitar. As a friend of mine joked, let’s face it: If it doesn’t have an electronic hand-clap, I’m sort of at a loss. That isn’t… Read the full article


Tiesto: Kaleidoscope (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Arguably one of the world’s greatest trance DJs, Dutch producer Tiesto has continued to redefine the boundaries of trance music with his signature emotive style and arena-ready sound for over fifteen years. For his fourth major studio release Kaleidoscope, the premiere producer of trance sought some of the music scene’s most dynamic characters, ranging from… Read the full article


Imogen Heap: Ellipse (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

In 2005, Imogen Heap released the widely acclaimed Speak For Yourself, an album that dared to combine the catchiest of melodies with intricately crafted, self-produced electronica, challenging the very boundaries of pop music production. For Imogen’s next undertaking, she decided to return to the very beginning–her childhood home, in fact. Building a studio in her… Read the full article