Jennifer Lopez, ‘A.K.A.': Papis And Booties And Drag Queens, Oh My! (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

If current sales forecasts are to be believed, Jennifer Lopez — AKA J.Lo, AKA Jenny From The Block, AKA Lola — is about to have one of the most depressingly low debuts for a pop diva in 2014. It’s a damn shame, too. J.Lo is underrated — one of the most underrated pop divas, in fact. While… Read the full article


Mariah Carey: ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

[dropcap size=small]”I[/dropcap]’ll just sit right here and sing that good old school shit to ya,” Mariah Carey croons off the top of “Dedicated,” one of the key cuts on Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. Fourteen records deep into her prolific career, Mariah has never sounded so self-assured — or nostalgic. After all, plenty has… Read the full article


‘Do It Again': Robyn and Royksopp Hit The Scandinavian Future-Pop Sweet Spot (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Robyn and Röyksopp are a match made in heaven — err, space. Together, the two Scandinavian super-acts have toured the world and crafted tunes (Body Talk‘s “None Of Dem,” Junior‘s “The Girl And The Robot”), continuously pushing the boundaries of electronica and pop. And lo and behold, they’ve just gone and done it again. For… Read the full article


Lykke Li, ‘I Never Learn': A Heavy-Hearted Opus (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Lykke Li is in a dark place. At least, she’s not quite the same bright-eyed Swedish songbird we met six years ago on Youth Novels, a record full of innocently quirky pop ditties like “Little Bit” and “I’m Good, I’m Gone.” By 2011’s Wounded Rhymes, she’d begun to hone her artistry and tap into something… Read the full article


Betty Who Makes All The Right Moves With ‘Slow Dancing EP’

by Bradley Stern

[dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]t’s incredible what can happen in just under a year’s time. Actually, it’s hard to believe it’s only just been a year since Betty Who innocently tip-toed her way into our ears with her glittering debut, The Movement. Last May, we watched Betty make her debut NYC performance inside a tiny room at Pianos… Read the full article


‘Born Naked': RuPaul Lets Them Have It (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

From her very first studio album — 1993’s Supermodel Of The World — RuPaul‘s consistently kept herself tucked in between counterculture and mainstream superstardom. After all, 22 years after its original release, “Supermodel (You Better Work)” is still just as prevalent in pop culture today. Or did you happen to miss our beloved Britney‘s loose… Read the full article


Kylie Minogue, ‘Kiss Me Once': Pop’s Great Big Sigh Of Relief (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

At this point in her career, Kylie Minogue doesn’t really need to try. With a dozen studio albums tucked inside her gold lamé hot pants, world tours, countless international smash hits (“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” was recently named the Most Catchy Tune Of All Time), the beloved Aussie pop princess is one… Read the full article


Katy B, ‘Little Red’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Katy B first burst onto the scene with her sturdy dubstep-laced 2011 debut, On A Mission. Three years later, and she’s still on that mission. But this time around, perhaps as a response to the waning popularity of dubstep, Katy’s traded in a bit of the wobbling sound of songs like “Katy On A Mission” from… Read the full article


Beyoncé, ‘BEYONCÉ’ (Album & Video Review)

by Bradley Stern

Mystery in the digital age is a form of art, and Beyoncé has perfected the craft. In a world where anything and everything newsworthy is tweeted, blogged and Instagrammed within milliseconds, one of the most famous pop stars in the world dropped an entire record, complete with 17 music videos, on iTunes at midnight on… Read the full article


Britney Spears, ‘Britney Jean’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Britney Jean is Britney’s “Most Personal Album Ever,” so this review is about to get a little more personal (raw) — it’s not just blind standom. People can take everything away from you, but they can never take away your truth. But the question is…can you handle mine? The one opinion I’ve consistently held when it… Read the full article