Electro Pop

Rina Sawayama – ‘Hold the Girl’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Thurstan Redding The title of Rina Sawayama’s second album, Hold The Girl, is taken from a phrase she learned in therapy about nurturing one’s so-called inner child. Fittingly, it’s this theme that takes center stage on the LP – from the short and sweet introduction “Minor Feelings” and the glitchy title track to… Read more

Panic! at the Disco – ‘Viva Las Vengeance’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Alex Stoddard Formed in 2004 as a quartet, Panic! At The Disco became the solo act of Brendon Urie in 2015. The move caused immediate skepticism, but as a soloist, Urie has scaled heights that have surprised even his biggest critics. 2016’s Death of a Bachelor, while receiving the usual mixed critical reception… Read more

Calvin Harris – ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Press via Calvin Harris Calvin Harris first broke out in the UK a little over 15 years ago, with the now-Gold certified “Acceptable in the 80s” – an intriguing and singular, if anachronistic, cut of electro-funk. Four years later, he broke out worldwide as a featured artist on Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” The… Read more

Billie Eilish – ‘Guitar Songs’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Mason Poole As of mid-2022, Billie Eilish is still too young to legally buy beer, yet she’s achieved more than many can ever hope to do. Her 2019 debut album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? certainly went someplace: namely, to number one all over the world and to eventual sales… Read more

Lauv – ‘All 4 Nothing’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kate Biel / Press Ari “Lauv” Leff has a pleasant voice – it’s not the most instantly recognizable, nor the most dynamic, but at its best, it effectively communicates the malaise of Lauv’s Gen-Z audience. I say this because, on his third studio album, Lauv seems adamant about submerging his voice in layers… Read more

Hayley Kiyoko – ‘Panorama’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Empire/Atlantic Records With her 2018 debut Expectations, former Disney star Hayley Kiyoko was crowned Lesbian Jesus. Now, with Panorama, she offers up her second coming – in the form of 13 sleek, ready-for-radio pop numbers. Kiyoko’s LGBTQ+ identity has always been central to her music and to her core appeal. The embrace of her… Read more

Muna – ‘Muna’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Isaac Schneider Muna’s self-titled third album starts out by touching several bases right away. The first few seconds of the opening cut “Silk Chiffon” introduce a subtle synth intro before an acoustic guitar and vocals that suggest that what we’re in for is mainly a singer-songwriter vibe. Then, less than a minute in,… Read more

Charli XCX – ‘Crash’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Emily Lipson This is the album Charlotte Aitchison – you probably know her better as Charli XCX – should have made at the beginning of her career, back when she was still a pop star on the rise releasing albums such as True Romance and co-writing platinum-selling mega-hits like Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and… Read more

Diplo – ‘Diplo’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Maria José Govea Something important happened in the last 2-3 years – well, besides the pandemic, climate change, and never-ending political turmoil -: the standard for mainstream music increased exponentially. Chalk it up to “Bad Guy” or “Old Town Road” – songs that paved a weirder and wilder path for Top 40 music… Read more

Tears for Fears – ‘The Tipping Point’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels The opening cut from Tear for Fears’ first album of all-new material in seventeen years, The Tipping Point, has already secured a place among the best songs released in 2022. The appropriately-titled “No Small Thing” is absolutely incredible, starting as ’70s folk-rock a la Cat Stevens before an echo-drum beat kicks in and… Read more