Shontelle: No Gravity (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

No Gravity is, in many ways, a fitting title for a record so lacking in terms of marketing. So much has happened in the world of Shontelle that has restricted the Bajan songstress from being presented in a clear and consistent fashion to a mainstream audience: Release date push backs, little to no PR, a… Read the full article


Katy Perry: Teenage Dream (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Katy Perry is probably the only pop star I could ever feel compelled to deem a “guilty pleasure.” In my opinion, there are two types of catchy in the world: The one with pop hooks so well-crafted you’ll want them replaying in your head until the end of time (“Umbrella,” “Just Dance”), and then there’s… Read the full article


Röyksopp: Senior (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Everything they’ve said is true. “The introvert[ed] and darker sibling, who lives in the attic.” “More introspective and freeform than its poppier partner.” “Brimfull with dark secrets and distorted memories.” All of these are the descriptions being tossed out by Röyksopp‘s camp in advance of the release of their fourth studio effort, Senior. And for… Read the full article


Scissor Sisters: Night Work (Album Review and Giveaway)

by Bradley Stern

On June 28, following a four year hiatus, the Scissor Sisters unveiled their third studio effort, Night Work. Darker and more cohesive than either of the Scissors’ past two efforts, Night Work is a masterfully executed, sleekly polished glimpse into the excess and depravity of 1970’s disco nightlife–all without ever hazarding the treacherous territory of… Read the full article


M.I.A.: Maya (Album Giveaway and Review)

by Bradley Stern

As you may or may not have heard, a lot of people are getting all butt-hurt about M.I.A.‘s ‘Internet-inspired’ new record because it is a very noisy, very obvious rebel-against-the-rebels reactionary piece. It is also kind of bad. The album’s heavy reliance upon noisy sirens and over-driven guitar licks means that sometimes the songs will… Read the full article


Kylie Minogue: Aphrodite (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

In case you didn’t know, Kylie Minogue is a legend. Despite the pop singer’s unjustly limited visibility in the North American market, Kylie Minogue is a beloved musical icon in most other territories around the world. Her sheer popularity and nearly revered status is to such a degree that the only real way to describe… Read the full article


Sia: We Are Born (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

For years, Australian songstress Sia Furler‘s name was inextricably linked to all things blue. There were her cosmic, soulful ballads with Zero 7 including “Destiny,” assorted slow burning singles from 2004 album, Colour the Small One such as “Where I Belong” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” and of course the singer’s now signature “Breathe Me,”… Read the full article


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


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


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