#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 ...
#REVIEW: AVRIL LAVIGNE – “AVRIL LAVIGNE”
Although the wait has been an unusually long one, Avril Lavigne's eponymously-titled fifth Studio Disc gets a release and although the feverish buzz surrounding the Napanee-born Singer/Songwriter certainly isn't what it was ten years ago, she gives us a spirited reminder here why she's here to stay and like it or not, she'll continue delivering the Hits. It's hard to believe she isn't even 30 yet and already has sold more than 30 million Albums and 50 million Singles worldwide in her ...
#REVIEW: LADY GAGA – “ARTPOP”
She's proud certainly of the Final Product, calling fourth Studio Disc Artpop "The Album of the Millennium" and "The Anthem of this Generation". We've already had a sampling of its offerings in first Single Applause, peaking both at number four in Canada and the U.S. Hot 100 Charts. Second Single Do What U Want (ft. R. Kelly) received a rushed release as an official Single after some initial success on the iTunes Singles Chart, intended originally as Promo Single. How though does Artpop ...
#REVIEW: KATY PERRY – “PRISM”
Remember when Alanis Morissette found her inner-peace on 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie after shocking and delighting our Pop senses with 1995's Jagged Little Pill? Admit it - you were a bit disappointed. I know I was. Katy Perry however, after catapulting Fans into a state of Euphoria with 2010's multi-Grammy-nominated Disc Teenage Dream, delivers a sense of lightness as she forges ahead in maturity on her latest offering, Prism.
Sonically, the Disc takes the grandness of ...
#REVIEW: MILEY CYRUS – “BANGERZ”
All eyes are on Miley Cyrus and fourth Studio Disc Bangerz really is a make-it-or-break-it moment for the Multimedia Mogul in this her transitioning to a legitimate Adult Artist. And we know she's succeeding as increasingly we feel guilty for making Hannah Montana references when mentioning her name in the same breath. If you love Rihanna, you absolutely will get the current Cyrusian Era. The parallels musically speaking are obvious, like the Urban-Electonica-inspired Pop. The messages ...