Single review: Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me”
“Hold It Against Me,” the hotly anticipated new Britney Spears single, inevitably arrived on the Web a day ahead of its scheduled release, with Spears writing on Twitter, “Don’t #HOLDITAGAINSTME for coming out early.”
It’s easy to see why the pop star didn’t want to wait: with its throbbing bassline [...]
Michael’ imperfect but worth it
Michael Jackson, “Michael” (Epic Records)
Anyone hoping that “Michael,” an album culled from Michael Jackson’s vaults, would rival “Thriller,” “Off the Wall” or even “Dangerous” will likely be disappointed when they hear the first posthumous release credited to the King of Pop.
But that’s not to say that “Michael,” consisting mainly of material Jackson [...]
Duffy’s 2nd CD broader, but not better
Duffy, “Endlessly” (Mercury)
On her 2008 debut, Duffy introduced herself as a Welsh ingenue with a retro-soul sensibility, with simple songs of heartbreak showing off her sweet, sandpaper-scuffed voice.
The 26-year-old singer-songwriter expands her style and subject matter on her sophomore offering, “Endlessly,” but somehow the result isn’t as satisfying. With frothy [...]
Album reviews: Justin Bieber, R Kelly, Hinder
ARTIST: CHRISTINA AGUILERA, CHER
ALBUM: BURLESQUE: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
NEW YORK (Billboard) – The soundtrack to “Burlesque,” Christina Aguilera’s first star vehicle, could be a continuation of her 2006 album “Back to Basics.” And why not? It showcased her distinctive flair for the big band style. The soundtrack comes on the [...]
Billboard CD reviews: Rascal Flatts, Norah Jones
Anyone who wondered what affect a label change might have on Rascal Flatts’ particular blend of country and pop: Rest assured, the impact was practically nil.
The genre-straddling virtues that have delivered five No. 1 albums and two dozen top 10 singles on the country charts are still intact throughout the [...]
Boxed set reviews for John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Slayer, more
Selected box set reviews:
John Lennon, “Signature Box” (Capitol)
As a member of The Beatles, John Lennon was among the most important songwriters in pop history. He helped unleash the form from the mundane and showed that ceaseless experimentation could lead you to learn more about the [...]
Ke$ha is a hot mess on new EP ‘Cannibal’
Ke$ha, “Cannibal” (RCA Music Group)
Some people were bothered when Ke$ha joked about brushing her teeth with Jack Daniels on her breakthrough song, the drunken party anthem “TiK ToK.” But it wasn’t that big of a deal.
However, on the singer’s new release, “Cannibal” â€” the companion to her January [...]
Retooled Elvis album marks a new take on the King
A re-styled version of the Elvis Presley hit “Suspicious Minds” hit radio stations on Monday, part of an album being released later this year featuring newer, more contemporary takes on many of his hits.
“Suspicious Minds” is the first single off “Viva Elvis-The Album,” set for mass release [...]
KT Tunstall’s ‘Tiger Suit’ not the right fit
KT Tunstall, “Tiger Suit” (Virgin)
KT Tunstall takes a cue from hitmakers like Lady Gaga and The Black Eyed Peas on her third studio album “Tiger Suit,” infusing it with electronic beats, multitrack vocals and synthesizers.
The problem is, while thumping beats and futuristic sounds work for some, it’s not for [...]
Mercy Me “The Generous Mr. Lovewell” Review
It was the best of albums, it was the worst of albums. Mercy Me, the mega-band that everyone and their grandma knows about in Christian rock, has created a tale of two bands. One of them creative, daring and all over the place at the beginning of a concept album [...]