A Campy Affair

by Bradley Stern

With all the excitement (brouhaha) over the newest spring releases (including rumor of the Sticky & Sweet Tour Double DVD ready in time for March?) I’ve nearly forgotten to check back on some of the albums that have been in the works…Pardon me for my forgetfulness! Nina Persson is releasing the follow-up to her 2001… Read the full article

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Morrissey: Loving The French

by Bradley Stern

Here we have ourselves a massive release, thanks to 8/1: The first single from legendary Smiths lead vocalist Morrissey‘s upcoming album. The track is called “I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris.” While chipper in melody, the track maintains that signature, melancholic quality of the Morrissey brand. As you may notice, the track is indeed quite… Read the full article

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Introducing…Friday Bridge!

by Bradley Stern

Now here’s a find long overdue. Ylva Lindberg and Niklas Gustafsson are better known as Friday Bridge. Combined, the two have been holding true to their native country’s promise of perfection with buoyant, bouncy electro-fied indie-pop since 2004. As evidenced in their latest single, “Shanghai Shipping,” the group’s sound can be likened to laying fellow… Read the full article

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Alesha Dixon: Breathe Slow

by Bradley Stern

Let’s “Breathe Slow” with Alesha for a few minutes. It’s a shame about the video, isn’t it? It’s all sweet and silly (and a dash of tamed “Hung Up” during the dance studio sequences) up until the two minute mark, in which Miss Dixon dons a truly ridiculous headband of chicken feathers and twirly things,… Read the full article

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Kylie And Coldplay: Lhuna

by Bradley Stern

Oh my GOD. This is sublime, Ms. Minogue! I’m only vaguely familiar with most of Coldplay‘s material, so I cannot speak for their artistic integrity on this project. The song was originally recorded during the most recent Coldplay album sessions. However, according to Chris Martin, the track was dubbed “too sexy” for Viva La Vida.… Read the full article

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Jessica Mauboy: Burn

by Bradley Stern

Riding high off the success of the first single, Jessica Mauboy‘s “Burn” is now impacting Australian radio. Like the first single, “Burn” is quite modern in terms of production, and equally addictive upon replay. It’s a bit more up-tempo, a bit more stomptastic, and the chorus is quite ear-friendly. Still loving her voice. Very Alesha-esque,… Read the full article

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Rie Fu: Romantic

by Bradley Stern

Long time, no listen! In fact, I haven’t heard anything about Rie Fu for a while now! The bilingual beauty is back with a new single entitled “Romantic,” and it’s simply lush. In fact, with those echoing dance beats and lonesome vocals, I’d place this release in the style territory of Eri Nobuchika. Very warm,… Read the full article

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Sugababes: No Can Do

by Bradley Stern

In perhaps their greatest video yet, the Sugababes get their high fashion on in a man-tastic celebration of masculine inadequacy. Seriously, the girls look S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G here. Anyone have the director’s name yet? Anyway, shove together some glamourous gowns, a bucketful of sexy, shirtless men, Kylie‘s “Slow” video, and a motorcycle from PCD‘s Doll Domination cover,… Read the full article

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Jessica Mauboy: Running Back

by Bradley Stern

Two years ago, she lost out for the top spot on the fourth season of Australian Idol. Now, Jessica Mauboy is “Running Back.” (Like what I did there? No? Me either…Apologies.) In all honesty, it’s a pretty decent track, featuring some state-of-the-art, strictly modern sounds from producer Audius Mtawarira. I’m a fan of Mauboy’s voice–Sort… Read the full article

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Ladyhawke: My Delirium

by Bradley Stern

I’ll say it: I don’t get the Ladyhawke love. To me, the Ladyhawke surge is akin to that of last year’s Rogue Traders wave of fascination, and to a lesser degree, the Dragonette spree (I hesitate to make that connection because I still actively believe in Dragonette.) What I’m hearing is some strictly by-the-books rock… Read the full article

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