Sky Ferreira, ‘Ghost EP’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

In 2011, Sky Ferreira released the As If EP, a bouncy collection of playful electro-pop anthems, sarcastic kiss-off tracks and gorgeous Swede-pop production by the likes of pop’s most trusted players, including Bloodshy & Avant, Greg Kurstin and Klas Åhlund. But as an acoustic guitar comes softly strumming into the speakers within the first few… Read the full article


Jessie Ware: Devotion (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

While Adele continues to conquer the world with her record-breaking 21, an honest collection of bluesy, rollicking odes to heartbreak and sorrow (which is still the best-selling record of 2012, despite being released last year), England may well have just found themselves their next humble hometown glory by the name of Jessie Ware.


Cheryl: A Million Lights (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

How do you think Cheryl feels when you call her name? Well, for one thing: She’d like you to get it right. To the bemusement of most media outlets (and the annoyance of OCD iTunes organizers everywhere), the Girls Aloud songstress has undergone a slight image revamp: A Million Lights is by Cheryl. Just Cheryl.… Read the full article


Florrie: Late (EP Review)

by Bradley Stern

Better late than never, right? Way better, actually. After nine months of recording in between studios in the UK and the US, singer/songwriter/drummer/guitarist/model/pop extraordinaire Florrie has at long last revealed her latest collection of independent tunes, her final self-released set before treading into major label waters later this year. As with 2010’s Introduction EP and… Read the full article


Azealia Banks Goes Back to the Future on ‘1991’ (EP Review)

by Bradley Stern

It’s safe to say that 20-year-old Harlem rising rapper Azealia Banks is no longer “One to Watch.” By now, everyone’s already watching. Back in late 2011, the LaGuardia High School alum (the superstar factory that’s brought us Nicki Minaj and Wynter Gordon, among others) released her unbelievably ferocious burst of energy, “212.” Rapping over a… Read the full article


Marina And The Diamonds: Electra Heart (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

♡♡♡ “‘Oh my God, you look just like Shakira! No, no–you’re Catherine Zeta!’ ‘Actually, my name’s Marina,’” she sang on “Hollywood,” the second single off of 2010’s The Family Jewels. It’s been over two years since her debut, and Marina + The Diamonds is back with yet another identity crisis for her second go-around in… Read the full article


Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

After serving up endlessly ferocious features on tracks like “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz, Usher‘s “Lil Freak,” Jay Sean‘s “2012 (It Ain’t The End)” and her grand triumph, a spotlight stealing verse on Kanye West‘s star-studded “Monster,” Nicki Minaj‘s 2010 debut Pink Friday should have been a roaring proclamation that the new face of female… Read the full article


Morgan Page: In The Air (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Music, as a wise woman once declared, makes the people come together. As with his 2010 studio album Believe, Progressive House DJ/producer Morgan Page‘s third effort In The Air relies on vocal contributions by talented singers hailing from a multitude of genres. As he explained of his new album: “This record exists between the club… Read the full article


Madonna – ‘MDNA’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

MDNA is one of Madonna’s greatest albums in years: It’s sonic euphoria, chock full of dramatics, attitude and surging dance-pop productions that only grow better with each replay. It’s infectious and propulsive. One might even call as addictive as MDMA. (And that’s okay!)


Lana Del Rey: Born To Die (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Everyone’s got something to say about Lana Del Rey. In Late June, the cut-and-paste clip for the singer’s “Video Games”–then just a buzz track–dropped with a thud onto YouTube. Spliced between old movie sequences, paparazzi clips and fuzzy home videos, we watched as a husky-voiced, otherworldly chanteuse pouted and cooed a dreary, vintage-sounding ode to… Read the full article