Posts in category "Album Reviews"

Four reasons why you won't like the new Robin Thicke album

Four reasons why you won't like the new Robin Thicke album
Last summer Robin Thicke presented us with some blurred lines, and we were eating out of his hand.  This summer, the lines are not blurred at all- they’re extremely clear: Robin wants his wife back. Let’s back up.  I wouldn’t say that Robin Thicke was particularly well known prior to “Blurred Lines,” which became THE... Read more »

Midpoint review: Best and worst of 2014 music

Midpoint review: Best and worst of 2014 music
We are gearing up for midpoint reviews at work, so it seems appropriate to do a review of this year’s music so far, as well.  Some of these categories might seem quite specific, and I admit that at times the tail wags the dog.  I like to think of posts such as this as public... Read more »

St. Paul & The Broken Bones: an old sound finds a new audience

St. Paul & The Broken Bones: an old sound finds a new audience
Do you ever wish you were transported to a southern Baptist church at the exact time the congregation was singing their hearts out?  WHO DOESN’T?!?!  I have great news: there are seven youngish white dudes who do a very credible impersonation of just such a sound.  St. Paul & The Broken Bones are apparently so new... Read more »
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Who is Aloe Blacc? You already know him

Who is Aloe Blacc?  You already know him
The new Aloe Blacc album, “Lift Your Spirit,” was released this week and currently resides at #4 on iTunes. If you think you don’t know who Aloe Blacc is, you’re wrong. If you’ve ever heard the Avicii song “Wake Me Up” then you know him because he’s the one singing- not Avicii, strangely (and if you... Read more »

Lady Gaga and her friend Mary Jane Holland

Lady Gaga and her friend Mary Jane Holland
Tis the season for new music, and this week brought us Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” (all caps, please).  I’ve been listening to it for the past couple days and largely find it to be kind of weird, which is all we can really expect from her at this point.  I guess I had wondered what it... Read more »

Miley Cyrus gives us a surprisingly mature sound on "Bangerz"

Miley Cyrus gives us a surprisingly mature sound on "Bangerz"
I’ve been in a musical rut lately.  Nothing has really grabbed me.  I listen to new music every week, and it’s fine, but even after a couple days there aren’t any tracks that necessarily stand out. This morning I decided I owed it to Miley Cyrus to listen to her new album, “Bangerz.”  My last... Read more »
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Is that really Elton John singing on the new Fall Out Boy album?

Is that really Elton John singing on the new Fall Out Boy album?
Last week I resorted to listening to new country music because nothing else caught my eye (ear).  While I was surprisingly pleased with the results (Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney- both solid), a reader suggested on my Facebook page that I try the new Fall Out Boy album, “Save Rock and Roll.”  Great suggestion.  I’ve... Read more »

Lauryn Hill's legal woes: Can her music save her?

Lauryn Hill's legal woes: Can her music save her?
Lauryn Hill has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week: yesterday she was sentenced to three months in prison and three months house arrest for tax evasion.  She pled guilty to failing to file tax returns on $1.9 million dollars between 2005 – 2007.  Hill told the judge that she had... Read more »

Steve Martin is a new father at 67: Is he insane?

Steve Martin is a new father at 67: Is he insane?
Each week I anticipate what new music will present itself to me. For the cost of my monthly Spotify subscription, I can indulge my musical attention deficit disorder, bouncing from one thing to another without a second thought.  Here are a few things I sampled this week: • Will.i.am – I gave it a day or... Read more »
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Is Brad Paisley Racist?

Is Brad Paisley Racist?
Racism: a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that a certain human race is superior to any or all others. There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle in the past 24 hours about one of the songs on the new Brad Paisley album, “Wheelhouse.” The song is called “Accidental Racist” and is full of... Read more »