Pop

Ariana Grande – ‘Positions’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dave Meyers, courtesy of Republic Records Casting positions as Ariana Grande’s ‘quarantine album’ oversimplifies the context the rest of her illustrious catalog provides in shaping its creation. This is, after all, the same woman who planned and recorded thank u, next in eight weeks – she operates comfortably in overdrive. So when she… Read more

Sam Smith – ‘Love Goes’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Capitol Music Group Sam Smith originally planned to release their third album in the summer of 2020 under an entirely different name – what once was To Die For, a carefree and sexy ode to the inner George Michael driving Smith to glitzier parties and brighter dance floors, is now Love Goes, a… Read more

Alicia Keys – ‘ALICIA’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Milan Zrnic The legend of Alicia Keys has taken on a life of its own as she grows into a new phase in her illustrious career. She is one of a handful of artists who can handle the gravitas of a mononym without advertising herself as such, Alicia finally capitalizes on that renown… Read more

LANY – ‘Mama’s Boy’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Stefan Kohli Los Angeles-based and Nashville-born band LANY is embarking on a fresh new journey with their third album mama’s boy. The album is full of alternative rock, dreamy lite-pop and acoustic guitar that expands the honest virtue of their songwriting by mixing in ideas from new collaborators like Russian-American singer-songwriter Sasha Sloan… Read more

Tate McRae: The Canadian Dancer Turned Pop Star

Photo Credit: Amy Gardner Tate McRae is a Canadian dancer turned pop singer that is making a name for herself through emotional pop songs. Tate first gained the interests of people with her shining personality and dancing. After releasing a video of her singing an original song, Tate changed creative lanes and began focusing on… Read more

Beyoncé – ‘Black Is King’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Shutterstock Some people simply know when to take the baton and run with it. At a point in time when racial tensions and social injustice are at an all time high, here comes none other than Beyoncé Knowles-Carter who takes us on a journey of black excellence with her latest visual album, Black… Read more

Katy Perry – ‘Smile’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Rony Alwin There comes a time in the career of every pop superstar when their artistic identity takes a turn from ubiquitous to left-of-center. Madonna’s American Life, Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, and Britney Spears’ Britney Jean are all examples of artists pushing their messaging past the cultural breaking point. Katy Perry’s last album Witness… 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