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Average User Score: 7.4Oct 5, 2013Many pop songs revolve around the dance floor and the drinks, drugs, sex, etc. that go along with it. But in this throbbing set of danceMany pop songs revolve around the dance floor and the drinks, drugs, sex, etc. that go along with it. But in this throbbing set of dance anthems, Icona Pop captures the experience and emotion of party-culture with an sincerity and (dare I say it?) maturity that few others have managed, giving to what might otherwise be tired themes a fresh idealism and an intellectual spark missing from the works of contemporaries like Kesha and Lady Gaga.
With this LP, swedish singers Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo aimed to create music “which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time.” The album achieves this desired affect through intense, aching beats and earnest, tight vocal harmonies, and by giving to each tune a bright, inflinching optimism about the future that rings nostalgic for all of us “90s b****”s out there. And, of course, the tracks are all so darn catchy. Without a doubt, this is one of the best pop albums of the year.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Oct 5, 2013I don't know what's in the water in the UK these days, but the country is certainly producing its share of soul artists. Russell, theI don't know what's in the water in the UK these days, but the country is certainly producing its share of soul artists. Russell, the daughter of an organist, lists Minnie Ripperton, Eva Cassidy, Chaka Khan and Jill Scott as musical influences. Her new album, To Dust, does them proud.
A frequent flaw of throwback albums is that they can be a little one-note. Not so here. To Dust plays like an album should listening is a journey. Each song has its own signature, from the groovy "Heartbreaker" to the melancholy "I Loved You." The latter is the standout of the set the sparse piano chords meld perfectly with Russell's smooth vocals, and when the beat kicks in as the song enters the second verse it's easy to feel like you loved him too.… Expand