May 1, 2014 |
"Music Box. " "Butterfly. " "Rainbow. " "Glitter. " "Charmbracelet. " Things found in a tween's room, or Mariah Carey album titles? Um, both! Back in the '90s/early '00s, Miss M was definitely shooting for a more, shall we say, innocent crowd. Then something happened. On Thursday, Mariah announced the release date and title for her 14th album. On May 27, "Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse" will be unleashed on the world, thr.com reports. In the pantheon of insane Mariah album titles, this one takes the cake.
April 23, 2014 |
*** (out of four) Note: This review is not an assessment of Iggy Azalea as a "serious" artist. It is not a commentary on whether Azalea, nÈe 23-year-old Amethyst Amelia Kelly, has any right to drop rhymes in the manner of a Southern rapper when she actually hails from Australia. No, this is about that other aspect of music: fun. Listening to Iggy Azalea is really fun. The kind of fun that makes me do duck lips and a sassy neck thing when I listen to her at my desk. Did you see the video for "Fancy"?
April 7, 2014 |
**1/2 (out of 4) While Chuck Inglish has gained fame as half of Chicago hip-hop duo The Cool Kids, the Detroit-native rapper (born Evan Ingersoll) hasn't been properly recognized for his ability to create quality tracks. I worry that he may not achieve the rap superstardom he deserves as a beat maker (he's crafted tracks for Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller and more) and will join the list of consistently awesome, under-recognized producers that includes Daz Dillinger (Snoop Dogg, Tupac)
April 3, 2014 |
**** (of 4) Jamila Woods is a wonderful singer. Her sweet-sounding voice can soothe you even when she's chiding a man for falling for the wrong girl on "Jimi Savannah. " The track is one of many highlights on "Almost Us," the follow-up to M&O's under-appreciated 2012 album, "The Joy," when the Chicago-native group was known as Milo & Otis. Bassist/producer Owen Hill's subtle approach leads to warm, fuzzy results like "Hollow," while "House" manages to be both funky and sparse, a feat I didn't think was possible.
April 1, 2014 |
***1/2 (out of four) How strange for a band called Manchester Orchestra to lose its way by sounding too orchestral. On 2011's “Simple Math,” the follow-up to 2009's breakout “Mean Everything to Nothing,” the Atlanta band embraced strings, horns and even a children's choir to soften its sound. It's a decent album that also got away from what busted the group into so many ears: buzzsaw guitars and singer Andy Hull's commanding wail. On the new “Cope,” Manchester Orchestra ditches the smooth peanut butter and goes all...
March 17, 2014 |
*** (out of 4) When "Pumped Up Kicks" vaulted Foster the People to rock stardom in summer 2011, it was an odd record to take off in such extreme fashion. Not only was it a mellow, easy-listening tune in a time of dance-driven power-pop, but tucked beneath its quaintness was a serious tale of a school shooting--a grim underpinning on a seemingly light, lovely song. While listening to "Supermodel," Foster the People's overdue follow-up to the California band's debut, "Torches," it's difficult not to think of the formula behind "Kicks.