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Yeah, I love "Shampain" too. But, I think an argument can be made for any song on Family Jewels. "Are You Satisfied?" sets the tone for what I'd regard as one of the more ambitious pop albums in recent years--the string section flourishes and the shimmering self-examinations sort of make me shiver. Shampain reminds me of MGMT a little (not lyrically--it's all a precusor to the Electra Heart style in that respect). "I Am Not A Robot" is the infinitely remixable single. "Girls" is some cutting feminist societal criticism of superficiality. "Mowgli's Road" is the song that throws the whole kitchen sink in there and still comes out sounding right. "Obsessions" dances from cabaret bombast to personal confession. "Hollywood" is in my opinion the funniest song on the album, and you can see the lyrical beginnings of her cynical alter-ego Electra Heart, with lyrics like "puking American dreams". The latter half of the album does not let up, either. "The Outsider" is a paranoid breakdown in the face of towering self-expectations. "Guilty" continues this theme, but it deals more with the shame involved in her rise. "Hermit The Frog" is the most ridiculous song on this album from the outside--but it really makes sense as a reflection on her breakdown. "Oh No!" comes back to the main theme of her ambition--but it comes off as a sarcastic dismissal of the consequences as minor obstacles in her continued rise. "Seventeen" is the origin story of the album, with allusions to her father and her disgust at him as the symbol of a society that just does not understand her brashness. "Numb" is a fitting end to album drenched in big emotions and grand ideas--the title says it all. Some might say that was far too many sentences of praise for an album with somewhat mixed reviews. Frankly, I don't care. I love this album.
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March 22, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW
Annie Clark x The Knife: Strange Deep Cuts, Mercy!
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March 19, 2015 on St. Vincent Allegedly Destroyed Chilean Artist’s Paintings With “Knives And Violence”
*they're--two times today, ugh
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March 19, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW
I can really jam to some Of Monsters & Men. I'm not ashamed to say it. I enjoyed their debut, and their adorably Scandinavian.
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March 19, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW
*too direct for me--I'm going to blame this on the new format.
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March 19, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW
I agree with your short assessment on Froot. I think Marina has some of the most challenging, thought-provoking songwriting in modern pop. Her debut felt so fresh and lush the first time I heard it, but its lyrical bite was surprising. Electra Heart disappointed me a little , but it had some strong moments (i.e. "Lies"). The concept as a whole was just too direct too me. Froot really flows the most as an album in my opinion (thematically and musically)--and it shows some growth. She could be huge, with her level of talent. But, I don't think she really wants to be a pop star in that way anymore. That ambition was all over her first two albums.
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March 19, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW
Also that Ryn Weaver debut album possibly? She might be the breakout star, if she can put a solid album together.
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February 12, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Fifth Harmony’s Reflection Is The First Great Pop Album Of 2015
AOTY: Lost in the Dream -The War on Drugs SOTY: Warning - Cymbals Eat Guitars Pop Artist of the Year: Charli XCX/Tove Lo (tie) Rap Artist/Group of the Year: RTJ Indie Pop Band of the Year: Future Islands Indie Rock Band of the Year: Spoon Most Annoying Pop Presence: Iggy Azalea Most Annoying Presence Overall: Mark Kozelek Artist I Most Wanted to Like But Could Not: Sun Kil Moon Most Likely to Unexpectedly Pop Up in a Song: Ezra Koenig Most Likely to Unfortunately Pop Up in a Song: Pitbull/Iggy (tie) Most Likely to Never Appear on the 'Gum Again: Kix Most Likely to Appear on a Cereal Box: Kix Most Likely to Beef: Azealia Banks
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December 23, 2014 on The 2014 Gummy Awards: Vote For The Best Music Of The Year
Oh hey there Richard III!
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December 22, 2014 on The 101 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015
She's pretty big in Canada, right? I never hear anything about her here in the States. People who call her the "female Owl City" seem to be a little misguided. The production is much icier, but in a sort of cozy way. I still listen to "Siberia" to this day.
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December 19, 2014 on The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014
I like the love for LIGHTS. I found her second album extremely enjoyable, as well as this one.
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December 19, 2014 on The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014
5 Seconds of Summer seems awfully high...I'd put any song in Charli XCX's entire discography above the strongest song from that boy-band/band/thing (I'll ignore the 1D inclusion and chalk that up to a matter of personal taste). Blank Space is a little bit low. Also, "Problem" was enjoyable enough as a pop song, but it can't be number one. No song with Iggy and her weird "look I'm a rapper" voice is the number one pop song of the year, regardless of sales. Otherwise, I thought the list was generally spot on. Paramore, Tove Lo, Weaver, Kendrick get some well-deserved love. Cheers to a good year in music all-around!
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December 18, 2014 on The Week In Pop’s Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014
I didn't even mention the continued success of Björk, Robyn, and even Lykke Li.
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December 5, 2014 on The Week In Pop: The Cold Hard Facts On The Year In Pop
When it comes to the Scandinavians, pop music seems to be really booming for them, doesn't it? Tove Lo, MØ, and Icona Pop (not my taste, but one can't deny their success) have really come to the forefront. Another Tove (Stryke), looks to be the next big Scandinavian pop starlet to me, and she's got an interesting sort of swaggering reggae element to her electronic production.
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December 5, 2014 on The Week In Pop: The Cold Hard Facts On The Year In Pop
Dave Chandler's comment was completely justified. Who wants dippy eggs? Mothers these days...
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November 9, 2014 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
That sitcom laughter at the end of Bored in the USA is profoundly haunting.
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November 7, 2014 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Chuck had some consistently good soundtrack moments. I miss that show.
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September 11, 2014 on The Week In Pop: So, What Else Does “All About That Bass” Singer Meghan Trainor Have To Offer?
I'm glad that I went back and read that whole Kix thread. I haven't been on here in about a week. Now I don't want to leave.
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August 12, 2014 on Album Of The Week: FKA twigs LP1
Savages seems pretty angry in general... You don't even need to listen to the music to know that. Just look at their debut album cover. Not to mention, I don't see Bastille as knockoffs, particularly. You may not like them, and many people on here might not like them. You may think they are boring trash. That is O.K. But, who are they knocking off with their sound? I'll agree that American Authors and Bear Hands are riding the Imagine Dragons wave in a way. The Lumineers are blatantly copying Mumford (they're a little more minimalist, and a lot more boring though). Vance Joy is in the Mumford territory. Atlas Genius is on that Two Door Cinema Club/Capital Cities wave. Neon Trees is basically throwing it back to the 80's with a 2000's rock kick. But, I don't see Bastille as a knockoff. Could you make an argument for them as a bit derivative? Yes, certainly. Maybe I am just biased, as I have been watching them from the start (I'm sure you've felt that way about a band before). My affections blind me, possibly. Regardless, I don't see it.
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July 2, 2014 on Looks Like We Won’t Be Getting That Chvrches/Linkin Park Collaboration
Hahahahaha why the down votes? Did I do something wrong?
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June 18, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence