…by the end of “Prism,” you kind of wish Katy were still kissing girls and blasting Reddi-wip from her tits.
Goodbye, Hannah Montana; hello tongue-wagging, midriff-baring Miley Cyrus. Slipping out of her child-star skin, the infamous twerker leads a band of misfits to independence and self-empowerment on “Bangerz,” a fully realized breakout from Billy Ray’s former Disney-star daughter. She’s not so innocent anymore, and that’s the point.
To find the truth on Cher’s first album of new material in 12 years, look beyond that over-polished, Britney-circa-”Femme Fatale”-era cover art, wherein the diva must’ve confused this shoot for a JCPenney underwear catalog.
The advantage of being an aging icon is the artistic freedom to do whatever the hell you want. And when you’re Elton John – legend, diva, grand master of pop – your high-ranking order merits an LP like “The Diving Board,” a throwback in the sense that he recorded it, upon the request of producer […]
Nitty-gritty details are few concerning the highly publicized drama between The Civil Wars twosome Joy Williams and John Paul White, but the fallout was at least intense enough to cause a tour cancellation, talk of a possible breakup and this album: a gothic-dark speculative set of neo-folk songs strewn with wounded hearts, religious undertones and […]
It’s probably safe to call “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke’s ubiquitous dirty ditty that your grandma can’t get enough of (hey, it’s catchy!) – the song of the summer. It’s now officially the longest charting No. 1 single of the year so far, and because of its modestly produced easy-on-the-ears groove, this is something we […]
Give it up for “20 Feet from Stardom,” the wonderful documentary that’s finally spotlighting voices too big to just be backup. Because of it, Merry Clayton is, at last, basking in the limelight.
Karen O and Co., the New York alt-rock trio widely known as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, went neon for “It’s Blitz!,” a staggering best-of-2009 creation that pulsed with dance-floor fever and, as promised, got heads rolling. Four years later and they’re back with a different animal … er, insect.
If you’ve heard British breakthrough singer Jessie Ware’s “Wildest Moments” (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?), you know she has one helluva voice. She could belt and whip that thing around like a weapon. But she doesn’t.
Sexy’s back, but not like you remember it: After seven long, hard, long years without Justin Timberlake at the pop-scene forefront, the creative chameleon finally gives acting a break and gets back behind the mic on his own terms, with a novel project that’s risky and rewarding. But not at first.