Average User Score: 8.9Jul 30, 2014So beautifully strange. Love this record. Sia has written for everybody who's anybody over the past few years.... but i'm so grateful sheSo beautifully strange. Love this record. Sia has written for everybody who's anybody over the past few years.... but i'm so grateful she saved some of her best for herself. '1000 Forms of Fear' is 1000 forms of fantastic.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9May 30, 2014What are YOU hoping for from Mariah Carey? That, that is the primal question before you listen to 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse',What are YOU hoping for from Mariah Carey? That, that is the primal question before you listen to 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse', the singer's long delayed, 14th studio effort. If you're looking for club pop, or top 40 hits.... you're in for disappointment. If you're looking for the R&B infused pop that made Mariah a legend in the 90s.... You're ALMOST in luck! If 2004's 'We Belong Together' was a return to form for Mariah, and the finest point of her career throughout the 00s, then consider 'MIAMTEC' her first big moment of this decade. Though the original title of the project, 'The Art of Letting Go' was infinitely better, and nothing on this album completely delivers to the nostalgic prowess of Mimi's 90s vocals, there are several notable moments that might just get you to that point of musical ecstasy that you've been longing for.
The pitfall of this album is that it doesn't quite return to Mariah's most intimate form.... unfortunately, it's more of a combination of 90s R&B/pop meets 00s urban pop, which ultimately makes it feel a little dated, because it certainly isn't fresh, yet it also isn't brilliant enough to be called a throwback. All in all though, it's a much more enjoyable listen than Carey's previous two attempts, and leaves you ultimately excited for the future and a possible tour.... I mean let's face it, Mimi's vocals are better than they've been in years.
Highlights include the ballads 'Cry', 'Faded', and 'One More Try', as well as the upbeat numbers 'Thirsty', 'Meteorite', and 'Make it Look Good'.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Dec 12, 2013I think the best way to start this review is to say that I personally enjoyed Christina's 2010 release 'Bionic', despite the fact it'sI think the best way to start this review is to say that I personally enjoyed Christina's 2010 release 'Bionic', despite the fact it's critical and chart receptions were so-so to not good at all. I thought the Sia ballads were flawless, and the departure from Christina's norm was a nice change in my opinion. That being said, that was then and this is now... And here on 'Lotus', Aguilera re-emerges... A much stronger force than before.
'Lotus' isn't the pop masterpiece I hoped for... But on top 40 standards, Christina certainly delivered. There's powerhouse radio cuts like 'Let There Be Love' and 'Just a Fool', and flawless soulful takes like 'Make the World Move' and 'Sing for Me'. There's also a lot of playful cuts like 'Cease Fire' and 'Circles'. Plus, perhaps the strongest moment on 'Lotus', Sia returns on 'Blank Page'. All of these cuts remind us what a powerhouse of a vocalist Christina Aguilera really is, and her iconic status as one of the best voices of this generation. What stops this record from being a masterpiece though is it's lack of flow. Unlike Christina's mammoth releases 'Stripped' and 'Back to Basics', this album still feels Inconcise and a little all over the place sonically. That being said it's a decent step in the right direction!… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Dec 10, 2013'Britney Jean' is a tuff, tuff album to honestly review. As a fan, I love the concept she went for here. I love that she's trying to get more'Britney Jean' is a tuff, tuff album to honestly review. As a fan, I love the concept she went for here. I love that she's trying to get more personal, and change up her process a bit, because let's face it... her last two albums, she's just been on autopilot. 2008's 'Circus' marked a welcome return for Britney, and on the heels of 'Womanizer' topping the charts around the globe, the album was a huge success. But let's be honest... as a record, it was all over the place. Had it stopped about 10 tracks in, you might have had a cohesive set, which lyrically synced up nicely to the title. BUT, at 13 tracks... it got a little bloated and stale towards the end. 2011's 'Femme Fatale' was a phenomenal dance record, chalk full of potential hits. 'Hold It Against Me' was the perfect Britney Spears track throwing out that inescapable dance vibe, with a killer lyrical hook that led it straight to #1. The only bummer AGAIN with 'Femme Fatale' though was that there wasn't a trace of Britney on it. Every song was handcrafted by a hit maker, and overall the album is a bit immature coming from a 30 year old mother of 2.
Enter 'Britney Jean'. Clearly bored with the pop music scene, and wanting to take a bit more control, it's clear Britney definitely put quite a bit more effort into this disc then the last 2. 'Britney Jean' comes in at 10 tracks, a much shorter set than her previous 2, and the title is a great reflection of the disc. Though the "personal" content might not be all we'd hoped for, it's definitely much more input than we've gotten from Britney in years. What makes this record such a huge letdown though?? The ever present plague that is will.i.am.
Will may make catchy music for radio, but has anyone noticed that he can't sell it to save his soul? Without Fergie and the Peas, Will's #willpower has utterly tanked. I fear the same is in store for Britney. While songs like 'It Should Be Easy', 'Work B***h', and 'Tik Tik Boom' are fun, will's production is immature and stuck two years ago in the club. He fails to really capture and release Britney's personality as it is TODAY.
'Britney Jean' isn't without it's highlights though, and it's because of those highlights that I give it a 7 out of 10. I feel this album was a completely different direction for Britney than her past 2, and i'll give her the credit she's due. William Orbit kicks off the set with 'Alien', the sobering mid tempo where Britney sings about feeling alienated and alone, and finding the light in another's eyes. The lyrics are simple and beautiful, and the track is an honest reflection of Britney's turbulent breakdown and essential rebirth. I feel Orbit did a much better job capturing a piece of Britney. In addition, the Katy Perry and Sia penned 'Passenger' is a standout that finds Britney singing about letting go of her control and falling in love. It's a unique sound for Brit, and a complete right turn off the road of her previous music. 'Chillin With You' brings some more personal input, as well as the disc's closing ballad 'Don't Cry'.
Throw some classic Britney in the form of standouts 'Body Ache' and 'Till It's Gone', and you've definitely got a decent evolution. The only bummer with this album is that it doesn't complete the evolution of Britney Spears. 'Britney Jean' should've been her 'Ray of Light'.... instead it heads in the right direction in spots, while desperately clinging to the club in others that makes the album sound in cohesive, and Britney still slightly lost.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Dec 1, 2013What happened?
This the only question that can be asked to describe the train wreck that is NIcki Minaj's sophomore effort 'Pink Friday:What happened?
This the only question that can be asked to describe the train wreck that is NIcki Minaj's sophomore effort 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded". For an artist who burst onto the scene so unique, fresh, and funky as hell... Nicki Minaj has certainly lost her step. Following her 2010 debut 'Pink Friday' wasn't going to be an easy task, and but she didn't even come anywhere close with this glorified re-release. The first half of 'Reloaded' plays out like a continuation of 'Pink Friday'. The same edgy rap, just a little less exciting 2 years removed from her debut. The second half of this 22 track juggernaut, plays out even worse..... like a typical label creation radio pop star. I understand the concept of creating a little something for everyone, but to pack it on a 22 track set just makes it so un-interesting and ultimately a let down (speaking album wise) because it completely fails to be cohesive.
That all being said... there are certainly a few standouts out of the bloated mess of a track list. 'Starships', the #1 chart smashing lead single will obviously be a cult favorite because, well, Nicki taught us such a groundbreaking new lesson... "Starships.... They were meant to fly". Pop wise 'Whip It', 'Pound the Alarm' and 'Va Va Voom' are certainly fun party jams.... while rap wise, 'Roman Reloaded', 'Stupid Hoe' and 'Roman Holiday' all prove Nicki hasn't lost her chops.....
Overall the album's a mess..... better luck tying it up a little more cohesively next time Nicki.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.4Dec 1, 2013'Prism' is a frustrating album for diehard Perry fans. It's more great, radio friendly pop music from Katy that definitely uplifts and'Prism' is a frustrating album for diehard Perry fans. It's more great, radio friendly pop music from Katy that definitely uplifts and inspires... but it's frustratingly vague in the context of how she initially described the project "darker, edgier, moody". Following her high profile divorce, and the opening teaser trailer of Perry burning her 'Teenage Dream' at a funeral, it was to be expected that there would be some darker content here, or at least an artistic direction she hadn't taken before. That direction is nowhere to be seen or heard though. 'ROAR', the billion times platinum #1 hit paved the way for 'Prism' on the Billboard charts.... and sadly the album is more of the lead single.... and less of the edgier artist. Tracks like 'International Smile', 'The is How we Do', 'Birthday', and 'Love Me' all sound like they could pull perfectly off of the 'Teenage Dream' era. They don't bring anything new to the table. That being said, they're all quite good.
All in all for me, 'Prism' is an enjoyable listen... but ultimately just another Katy Perry album. There's nothing groundbreaking to be psyched about.
'Double Rainbow', 'Walking on Air' and the introspective ballad 'By The Grace of God' are my highlights.… Expand
Average User Score: 9.0Dec 1, 2013This album is perfect. Florence's ethereal voice is back, and draped in melodic perfection throughout the 12 tracks on this standard disc.This album is perfect. Florence's ethereal voice is back, and draped in melodic perfection throughout the 12 tracks on this standard disc. 'Spectrum' and 'Shake it Out', 'Never Let Me Go' and 'Leave My Body' are all standouts.
Deluxe Edition packs an extra 8 acoustic tracks..... worth the extra buck if you've got it!… Expand
Average User Score: 6.5Dec 1, 2013One of the Queen's best... and a fine return to the dance floor after the slightly offbeat 'Hard Candy'. I won't give it a perfect 10 becauseOne of the Queen's best... and a fine return to the dance floor after the slightly offbeat 'Hard Candy'. I won't give it a perfect 10 because NIcki Minaj features 2x on here.... and that's 2x too much in my personal opinion. That being said... there's a fun range of pop sounds on here thanks to Martin Solveig, Benny Benassi and the always phenomenal William Orbit. 'MDNA' is definitely an intriguing listen!… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Dec 1, 2013What really makes me a fan of this album is the fact that Lambert came out swinging on it. He proved he's much more than a one trick AmericanWhat really makes me a fan of this album is the fact that Lambert came out swinging on it. He proved he's much more than a one trick American Idol pony, and actually one of the shows most talented stars. His 2010 debut 'For Your Entertainment' wasn't bad at all, but it definitely felt like a quick AI rush fest, and it lacked some personality. Here we are in 2012 though, and Adam is bringing his personality front and center! You've got your sassy club stompers, your funky mid-tempos, and for the personality department, you've got some seriously stunning vocal and lyrical work on ballads 'Outlaws of Love', and 'Underneath'. This isn't a pop album to be missed.… Expand