Britney Spears: Femme Fatale (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

To review a new Britney Spears record, for me, is a bit like asking a crazed pageant mother if she believes her daughter is a star. Sure, she might have spilled apple juice (or Cheetos, more fittingly) all over her glitz costume, forgotten the steps to her baton routine halfway through the performance and fallen… Read the full article

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Sky Ferreira: As If! EP (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Sky Ferreira will release her debut EP, AS IF! this week, and it’s like, so…whatever. Actually, that’s a flat out lie: It’s incredible.

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Clare Maguire: Light After Dark (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

I didn’t get it at first. My first listen to the growling alt-country-indie-electronica-whatever-you-want-to-call-it of “Ain’t Nobody,” Clare Maguire‘s debut single released in mid-October of last year, left me feeling cold. The song’s accompanying abstract video proved even more perplexing, featuring a ghoulish looking Maguire belting out the track from a lone chair in the desert,… Read the full article

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Adele: 21 (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

On January 24, Adele will release 21 in the UK, the highly anticipated follow-up to her Grammy Award winning debut, 19. There’s been an outpouring of overwhelmingly positive critical praise surrounding this record from various media outlets over the past few weeks, so I’m going to caution you now: Believe the hype. It really is… Read the full article

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Cut Copy: Zonoscope (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Ever since their bouncy 2004 debut Bright Like Neon Love, Melbourne-bred electro-pop rockers Cut Copy have always remained faithful to the original, ’80’s-inspired synth-pop sound developed on such songs as “Saturdays” and “Future.” 2008’s follow-up, In Ghost Colours, found the band working to with complex new instrumentation, incorporating angelic choirs, distorted guitar riffs and heaven-sent… Read the full article

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Download of the Week: M.I.A.’s Vicki Leekx Mixtape (Review)

by Bradley Stern

“I’m not talking about making it free, I’m talking about making it freer,” M.I.A. announces on Vicki Leekx, which was released at midnight on December 31. And so, she has: Vicki Leekx is M.I.A.’s second free mixtape after 2004’s Piracy Funds Terrorism, this time bolstered with a bit more star wattage on the production front… Read the full article

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Keri Hilson: No Boys Allowed (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

For an album called No Boys Allowed, there sure are a lot of boys that came to play inside Miss Keri Baby‘s clubhouse. Though she’s tried at length to explain her new album’s title–that No Boys Allowed a “no bitch ass-ness” kind of empowerment collection about ditching the little boys and uplifting women, it’s hard… Read the full article

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Girlicious: Rebuilt (Album Review) (Sort Of)

by Bradley Stern

Girlicious. Let’s talk about them, yes? For those who somehow don’t know (I’d be more surprised if you did know, to be fair), Girlicious are the legendary* Canadian girl group American girl group (EDIT: Not actually Canadian–their music is solely marketed there. Thanks, Muuser AJP!) formed by Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin during the smash… Read the full article

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Ke$ha: Cannibal (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

For every Dr. Luke production, there is an equal and opposite Dr. Luke reproduction. With Cannibal, Ke$ha takes her debut (Animal) and gives it the Lady Gaga repackaging formula that worked so well in 2009: As The Fame Monster is to The Fame, Cannibal is a one-upping the original Animal package with a thematically darker,… Read the full article

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Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

I first discovered Nicki Minaj back in December of 2009 through a promotional video for “Itty Bitty Piggy,” one of the tracks off of Minaj’s 2009 mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty. Gum snapping, eyes rolling, breasticles ready to burst from her tight blouse at any given moment–I knew it was love at first sight.

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