Elton John

Elton John – ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Gregg Kemp Earlier this year, Elton John and Lil Nas X came together to collaborate on the song “One of Me” (they also came together to record an ad for Uber Eats; a disappointing exercise in corporatism by two stars who’ve become known for subversion, but that’s beside the point). The collaboration –… Read more

Lil Nas X – ‘Montero’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Charlotte Rutherford (Content Warning: this review – through exploration of the song “Sun Goes Down” – and briefly discusses themes of suicide.)  After the record-breaking success of “Old Town Road”, Lil Nas X seemed destined to be a one-hit-wonder; the hip hop-country crossover felt unmistakably like a fluke; a gimmick. With each follow-up… Read more

MMM Thoughts: Album Sales vs. The Quality of Music – Which Truly Measures Success?

Photo Credit: Collages via Billboard Most people will tell you that the only success that translates financially is “success.” In music, certainly, it’s thought to be almost entirely mathematical: the more records an artist has sold, the more “successful” they are (of course, in recent decades the number of downloads and streams would also have… Read more

Lady Gaga – ‘Chromatica’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Interscope Records It was in February of this year that Lady Gaga declared, “earth is canceled,” and it’s obvious that earth heard her. Chromatica is Gaga’s sixth album, her about-face back into the slippery and bombastic realm of Stefani Germanotta, the pop star, and her official departure to another planet. This record finds… Read more

Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Ordinary Man’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ilya S. Savenok Other than “Elvis,” there’s probably only one other first name in rock which when spoken by itself is shorthand for not just a musical genre but also an entire subculture. Of course we mean (cue echo and deep voice): “Ooooooooozzzzzzzyyyyyyyy.” At the beginning of the Seventies, Mr. John Michael Osbourne… Read more