Ask Embla, ‘Northern Light’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

One of the best pop records of the year is currently topping the charts in Norway — but you probably haven’t heard about it yet. Ask Embla is the pairing of two incredible songwriters: Arnthor Birgisson and Ina Wroldsen, both of whom are responsible for penning tracks for some of our favorite pop stars over… Read the full article

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Kristinia DeBarge, ‘Young & Restless’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

In the span of approximately six months in 2009, Kristinia DeBarge bubbled up, exploded and fizzled out. She didn’t burst out of thin air, though: Kristinia initially made her debut over a decade ago on FOX’s iconic 2003 experimentation in Idol for tweens, American Juniors (which also spawned Pretty Little Liars starlet and future country-pop… Read the full article

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Charli XCX: ‘True Romance’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Charli XCX is one of the few Internet-born, blog-approved acts worthy of the hype. The buzz began long ago, way back—back to the glory days when MySpace was still (mostly) a thing, and artists like Lily Allen were leading the charge of the self-made, DIY pop star. At the time, she was billed as a… Read the full article

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In Praise of the Bad Bitch: Cassie’s ‘RockaByeBaby’ (Mixtape Review)

by Bradley Stern

The last time we heard a full set from Cassie, officially speaking, was her self-titled debut in 2006, which included the icy electro-R&B masterpiece that’s singlehandedly kept her name relevant in music for over 7 years: “Me & U.” She returned in February last year with the transcendent, Ibiza-lite “King Of Hearts,” and again later… Read the full article

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On Sally Shapiro’s ‘Somewhere Else’…

by Bradley Stern

Guess what? The new Sally Shapiro record, Somewhere Else, is very good! In case you’re under the impression that Sally Shapiro is content three albums deep into her career, she’s not. “The title describes the recurrent theme in the music and my life, to somehow never be satisfied with what you have, or where you… Read the full article

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Dawn Richard: ‘GoldenHeart’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

After serving as one-fifth of one of the greatest American girl groups of the past decade (Danity Kane–RIP), followed by a turn as one-third of the short-lived, yet briefly brilliant Diddy – Dirty Money, singer-songwriter Dawn Richard is finally, at long last, getting her rightful shine as a solo star.

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JoJo Busts Loose on New Mixtape, ‘Agápē’

by Bradley Stern

In the immortal words of Lil’ Kim and Christina Aguilera: Never can, never will, can’t hold us down. Not one to be muzzled by her all-but-defunct, ultra shady record label Blackground Records and their contractual death grip on her career, ever-talented singer-songwriter (and birthday girl) JoJo‘s decided to exorcise some of her demons this December…for… Read the full article

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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

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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.

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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

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