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Iggy Azalea Celebrates Newfound Fame On ‘Reclassified’

November 25th, 2014 11:50am EST
Review: Iggy Azalea Celebrates Newfound Fame On ‘Reclassified’
“What’s a world with no I-G-G in this b*tch?” In 2014, the music industry without Australian rapper Iggy Azalea definitely would be less interesting, so Iggy has a point here. After releasing The New Classic to surprising success thanks to exceptional singles in “Fancy” and “Black Widow,” Azalea seeks to keep her ‘star’ rising and visible to the world on Reclassified. Reclassified is a compilation mixing hits and highlights from her breakout debut, along with new material.

Reclassified opens confidently with newbie “We In This B*tch,” where Azalea proudly spits, “Now let’s reflect on wh...
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One Direction Transition To Adulthood On 'Four'

November 19th, 2014 1:34pm EST
Review: One Direction Transition To Adulthood On 'Four'
“You’re insecure / don’t know what for / you’re turning heads when you walk through the door.” Grunt! It wasn’t that long ago that one of the most annoyingly, a catchy boy band song was born, to the delight of girls and to the chagrin of (many) guys. However, beginning with One Direction’s Midnight Memories album, any Directioner or non-Directioner could feel the band was beginning a transition stylistically and in regards to overall maturity.

The British-Irish band’s fourth album, Four is a full-fledged transitional album, finding the once schmaltzy boys transitioning gracefully to adu...
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Foo Fighters Keep Rocking Hard On 'Sonic Highways'

November 17th, 2014 1:30pm EST
Review: Foo Fighters Keep Rocking Hard On 'Sonic Highways'
How do you one-up a juggernaut – “that is the question!” For Foo Fighters, following up an alt-rock classic in 2011’s Grammy-winning Wasting Light is no easy task. But no one can continue to live in the shadow of one epic project. As that Jay-Z song goes, it’s “On To The Next One.” Foo Fighter’s latest project Sonic Highways proves to be no slouch, delivering another eight rocking, enjoyable songs to the band’s body of work.

Interestingly, all eight of Sonic Highways’ tracks were recorded in different cities in notable recording studios in each. The project accompanies the band’s HBO...
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Whitney Houston’s Spirit Endures

November 12th, 2014 7:21pm EST
Whitney Houston - Her Greatest Performances
Among the saddest parts of life is death – the ultimate ending that no one escapes. For some life is long, while others it’s short. When a celebrity dies, even though fans of that celebrity weren’t acquainted with that person, the fans are saddened by the loss of a great musician, actor, or otherwise. When it was announced that prodigious voiced diva Whitney Houston had passed away at age 48, it was considered to be another great one gone too soon.

Though Whitney Houston is gone physically, she has left behind timeless music and irreplaceable legacy. One of the most powerful voices of ...
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Does Nick Jonas Deliver On His New Album?

November 10th, 2014 1:30pm EST
 A Grown Up Nick Jonas Delivers An Enjoyable, Edgy Solo Effort O
“Another one bites the dust” – another schmaltzy, bubblegum, wholesome teen-pop star. May the deceased teen-pop heartthrob rest in peace. From being the skinny front man of one of teen-pop’s biggest bands, Nick Jonas has done the Miley Cyrus – Well not quite to that extent. What Jonas has done, is shed his teeny past in favor of more grown and sexy, urban-infused pop on his second solo album, Nick Jonas. The results are surprisingly delicious, and generally ‘well seasoned’ too!

“Chains,” the first single issues from Nick Jonas, served as the introductory taste of a more mature-sound...
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Bette Midler Proves She's Still Got It

November 7th, 2014 1:30pm EST
Bette Midler - It's the Girls
It’s been a while since Bette Midler delivered a brand new album, specifically eight years since her last album, the holiday effort, Cool Yule. Although various compilations have arrived since Cool Yule, Midler returns with her covers of great girl-group classics, It’s The Girls!. Shy of her 69th birthday, Midler certainly sounds in excellent voice throughout the effort, if nothing more. No she doesn’t reinvent herself or the classics that she covers, but overall, It’s The Girls! is both sound and enjoyable.

The effort opens capably with “Be My Baby,” a classic courtesy of The Ronettes....
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Review: Taylor Swift Delivers Fun, If Flawed Album On ‘1989’

October 28th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Taylor Swift 1989
With a big pop album composed of ‘records,’ there are almost always unavoidable pitfalls. That said contemporary pop is all about having big-time singles that can dominate radio. For pop convert Taylor Swift, 1989 benefits from big records as well as suffers from the aforementioned pitfalls. 1989 is a pop album through and through, and while Swift shows she can hold her own, the effort lacks the character and distinctiveness of her country albums.

“Welcome To New York” definitely doesn’t sound like a typical Taylor Swift album opener – let alone a typical Taylor Swift record for tha...
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Logic Delivers Raps Biggest Triumph Of 2014 With Debut 'Under Pressure'

October 27th, 2014 2:15pm EDT
Logic Delivers Raps Biggest Triumph Of 2014 With Debut 'Under Pr
“Yes, I know the flow hotter than Lucifer / even though heaven sent him.” Yep, that’s how burgeoning Maryland rapper Sir Robert Hall – aka Logic – rolls. After releasing notable mixtapes (Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever especially), Logic issues his first major label album, Under Pressure via Def Jam. Gifted with words telling his own personal, captivating, and rough life stories, Under Pressure ends up being among the year’s best rap albums. Its authenticity and genuineness can’t be knocked.

“Intro” opens Under Pressure ferociously, as Logic spits, “I just wanna make these music love...
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CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'

October 25th, 2014 8:25pm EDT
CD Review: A Failed Apology - 'This Past Year'
On their latest EP soiree This Past Year, pop-punk merchants A Failed Apology are, at times, more punk than pop (“This Past Year...,” “Say It, I Love You”) thanks to punchy guitars and driving rhythms, though there are instances when the pop outweighs the punk (“Keep Your Head Up,” “The Way I Think Of You”) due to severe bouts of call-and-response vocals and unavoidably catchy hooks (the Knuckle Punk and Real Friends shout out in “Keep Your Head Up” is just the icing on the cake). Just as the band did with “Goodbye” on their previous EP The Weekend, A Failed Apology turns down the lights an...
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T.I. Returns To Top-Notch Form On ‘Paperwork’

October 22nd, 2014 2:20pm EDT
T.I. - Paperwork
Could anyone possibly doubt ‘the King’ – aka T.I. – on his latest studio album, Paperwork? Total poppycock – the biggest load of BS ever, right? Well not totally. The Atlanta MC’s last couple of albums has fallen short of the glory of his best. Sure, 2012 album Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head had more goods than the previous, questionable No Mercy (“Trap Back Jumpin’” was enough to seal the deal there), but the top-echelon status of KING (2006) and Paper Trail (2008) were still missing. Paperwork, hence, returns T.I. to top-notch form.

T.I. gets “things poppin’” from the jump, litera...
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