#REVIEW: BRUNO MARS – “24K MAGIC”
Everything U.S. Thanksgiving, we are graced with that one blockbuster album and around this time last year, it was Adele's 21. This year, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and entertainer extraordinaire Bruno Mars gifts us with a celebratory ode to the late '80s and early '90s in 24K MAGIC, a long-awaited follow-up to his 2012 sophomore disc, UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX which before UPTOWN FUNK dominated our airwaves. Coincidentally, Mars even contributed a track to that English songstress' ...
#REVIEW: ARIANA GRANDE – “DANGEROUS WOMAN”
I admit it, I had my doubts about Ariana Grande's longevity at first. Who'd have guessed that the girl from Nickelodeon's Victorious would go on to be a bona fide recording artist? Now onto her third album, DANGEROUS WOMAN, Grande's body of work keeps getting stronger and stronger. I'll admit it, I'm sold finally.
Following a successful formula so far which has combined ballads and slinky mid-tempo jams, this Disc not only is a cut from the same cloth as her first two discs, but a ...
#REVIEW: MEGHAN TRAINOR – “THANK YOU”
When you debut at the top there's nowhere else to go but down, right? Meghan Trainor replies with a defiant "nah to the ah to the no, no, no" on her impressive sophomore effort, THANK YOU. After giving us a colourful selection of Doo-Wop-Pop offerings on her debut disc TITLE in 2015, she comes back quickly with this seamless progression, which better showcases the 22-year-old Massachusetts native's maturity as both a singer and a songwriter.
The 12-track offering, with a 15-track Deluxe ...
#REVIEW: RACHEL PLATTEN – “WILDFIRE”
At the risk of sounding like an old fart, I really am all for Rachel Platten and what she is doing for Pop Music. A return to real melodies, inspiration and uplifting spirit. Make no mistake, her production sounds slick, but there is a familiarity to it which rings "Adult Contemporary" yet being fresh enough to play on Top 40 radio.
Since her first Single on Sony last Summer, I've literally been obsessed and despite scratching my head at a New Year's Day release for her major label ...
#REVIEW: ADELE – “25”
Adele continues to grow-up before our eyes and after a dreaded four-year wait, she very much is back on latest effort, 25. Gone is a bit of that angst we heard on 21, but make no mistake, she is even stronger for it all. The Disc showcases the British powerhouse at her most reflective and self-realized. Being the time-conscious old soul she is even at her young age, we hear her sing about regret and her fear of life passing her by and all she can do is “watch and cry” as sung on the ...
#REVIEW: TAYLOR SWIFT – “1989”
I've had an on-again off-again relationship with Taylor Swift's Music. I haven't particularly loved her last couple Discs, but this latest Collection in 1989 certainly has me back on Team Taylor! Quirky Lead Single Shake it Off needs no introduction, reaching the summits of Pop Greatness, but the goods on this '80s-inspired Feast have yet to be unleashed.
Collaborating once again with Pop Gods Max Martin and Shellback, Swift goes full-on New York-inspired Synth-Pop here. As a Songwriter, Swift ...
#REVIEW: LANA DEL REY – “ULTRAVIOLENCE”
Ultraviolence is exactly the Album we've been waiting for. The Sophomore effort certainly is not a slump, coming from one of Music's most promising new presences, Lana Del Rey. We obsessed over 2012's Born to Die and after taking time to grow artistically following her much-talked-about Saturday Night Live performance, Fans now are reaping the rewards of the said absence.
Lana Del Rey certainly has branded herself well. Timeless, elegant, mysterious. Movie Star. These values are extolled ...
#REVIEW: KYLIE MINOGUE – “KISS ME ONCE”
It's been four years since we've heard new Music from Australian Pop Queen Kylie Minogue and just as we reached starvation mode, now surfaces her 12th Studio Disc, Kiss Me Once. The Multimedia Empire herself has never been shy about her sensuality and despite playing it safe on this 11-track Offering, our jaws cannot help but drop upon perusal of its Track Listing. Sexercize? Sexy Love? Sleeping with the Enemy? Les Sex??! Yes we're uncomfortable, but we cannot help but be intrigued. ...
#REVIEW: PHARRELL – “G I R L”
It may have taken eight years for it to happen, but Pharrell certainly gives us plenty to listen to his compact second solo Disc, G I R L. The melodic, fun and light Collection of ten Tracks is glossy, in-line with the Multimedia Mogul's signature minimalist, rhythm/groove-heavy sound. The Celebrity Cameos certainly are bountiful on the Disc and we get the likes of Jojo, Kelly Osbourne, Tori Kelly, Daft Punk, Timbaland, Alicia Keys, Justin Timerblake and even Miley Cyrus lending a ...
#REVIEW: LEONA LEWIS – “CHRISTMAS, WITH LOVE”
We all love Mariah Carey's timeless Merry Christmas Disc and her 2010 Offering Merry Christmas II You was just as delightful! A cut from that same cloth, British Singing Sensation Leona Lewis gives us her take on the Holidays on her latest, Christmas, With Love.
Understated, warm and soulful, the Disc offers a mixture of perennial Classics like Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Silent Night, O Holy Night – the latter perhaps the Disc's only misstep considering Carey has knocked it so far ...