Robyn: Body Talk Pt. 1 (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Earlier this year, Swedish pop sensation Robyn announced that her next album, her first original studio album in five years, would finally be arriving soon–in three parts. Now known as the Body Talk series, the three EPs that make up the collection will be released throughout 2010. The first of which, Body Talk Pt. 1,… Read the full article

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Christina Aguilera: Bionic (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Reinvention can be a tricky thing. The Bionic campaign began with the promise of a pop superstar’s futuristic return to the scene after an extended love affair with ’20s and ’30’s-inspired vintage sound. On the way back (to the future, if you will), Christina Aguilera would confront setback after setback in trying to properly relaunch… Read the full article

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Diana Vickers: Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

In December of 2008, 19-year-old singer Diana Vickers was prematurely eliminated from the fifth season of the UK’s X Factor. Within months after her departure however, the young singer was already creating a healthy amount of buzz around her debut–enough to nearly overshadow that of her former competitor’s efforts, Alexandra Burke and JLS. The buzz… Read the full article

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Kelis: Flesh Tone (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Known for providing some of the most innovative, genre-bending dance-turned-R&B-turned-rock ‘n’ roll tracks of the 21st century, Kelis has always been known to be a formative, if not consistently underestimated figure in the music industry. With “Acapella,” the singer’s colossal first single from Flesh Tone, it was clear that the singer was by all intents… Read the full article

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Kate Nash: My Best Friend is You (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

With My Best Friend is You, it seems Kate Nash has decided to shy far, far away from the sweetly sung, Lily Allen-tinged ditties on her debut. Well actually, there’s nothing too shy about it. The 22-year-old’s effort, released on April 19, finds the English songstress dabbling in the territory of defiant riot grrrl rawrrr,… Read the full article

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David Byrne and Fatboy Slim: Here Lies Love (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Over five years ago, David Byrne met with Fatboy Slim to discuss a musical endeavor. His goal, initially inspired by the book The Emperor by Ryszard KapuÅ›ciÅ„ski, was to tell the tale of the theatrics of royal life through music. After stumbling on a newspaper clipping written about his soon-to-be protagonist and enlisting some of… Read the full article

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Linda Sundblad: Manifest (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

I was first introduced to Linda Sundblad back in 2006 after hearing her latest single at the time, “Oh Father.” The song is a woefully delicious number, in which we find the guilt-ridden songstress pleading for forgiveness for indulging in dirty thoughts and some occasional self-pleasuring. “Touch of my Hand” it was not, but as… Read the full article

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He Ate My Heart: Simon Curtis Unleashes Debut Album, 8Bit Heart

by Bradley Stern

After months of tempting and teasing his fans with song clips and lyric bits, Simon Curtis has finally unveiled his debut effort, 8Bit Heart. 8Bit Heart is a hard-hitting collection of cutting-edge pop hooks, catchy electronic noises and storming, dancefloor-ready synthesized beats that come together to celebrate the very essence of modern pop. With the… Read the full article

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Ellie Goulding: Lights (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Lights is the debut album released on March 1 by Ellie Goulding, the 23-year-old British electro-pop chanteuse recently awarded with (or damned with, depending on your interpretation) the title of BBC’s Sound of 2010 Artist. The distinction stems from a list compiled at the start of each year by the broadcasting network responsible for predicting… Read the full article

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Moto Boy: Lost in the Call (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Sweden is the epicenter of pop perfection. This is a fact that will never change. Case in point: Moto Boy, and his album released today, Lost in the Call. Moto Boy’s mournful coos and falsetto cries are nothing if not captivating, at times evoking Morrissey‘s sad, solemn delivery (“When My Heart Was High”); at others… Read the full article

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