R&B

SZA – ‘SOS’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Mary Ellen Matthews The run-up to SZA’s sophomore effort SOS has been long, unpredictable, and reliably confounding. Its lead single – and SZA’s first solo top-ten hit – “Good Days” arrived almost two years before the rest of the album and wouldn’t enjoy an official music video until March 2021, by which time… Read more

Remembering Irene Cara: ‘Fame’, ‘Flashdance’ and The Beat of a Generation

Photo Credit: Harry Langdon / Bettmann Archive Singer, actress, and Oscar-winning songwriter Irene Cara died on November 25th at age sixty-three. Although she would only have a few major hits over a relatively short period, those songs would leave an indelible stamp on the early part of the ’80s and have since proven to be… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Rejected Musicians Who Became Successful

Like everyone else living on this planet, successful artists also know what it’s like to be rejected – some better than others. Here are ten musicians rejected by record labels, the Army, classmates, and audition juries. #10. Tori Kelly Photo Credit: Elizabeth Miranda The Californian singer auditioned on season nine of American Idol back in… Read more

Black Eyed Peas – ‘Elevation’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Black Eye Peas via Facebook In the nearly two decades since they broke through with the 2x Platinum-certified Elephunk, LA trio the Black Eyed Peas have been the butt of many a joke – especially as their star continued to grow throughout the noughties. “What the f**k happened?” was the question on the… Read more

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Only the Strong Survive’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch At the outset, a major artist doing a studio album comprised entirely of songs made popular by other artists may seem like a lazy way to stay in the public eye and/or take care of one contractually-obligated release. However, it’s probably closer to being a rite of passage, as Bob Dylan,… Read more

Remembering Aaron Carter: America’s Beloved and Embattled Former Child Star

Photo Credit: Michael Bezjian The indelible public image of Aaron Carter, who died on Saturday, November 5th at age 34, will be that of the smiling child with bleach-blonde hair standing either next to his brother Nick (of Backstreet Boys fame) or next to Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan (his relationships with them as a… Read more

Joji – ‘Smithereens’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Joji via Instagram To be a YouTuber-turned-musician is to have any and all of your musical output treated with suspicion. It’s understandable why; when most people hear the phrase ‘YouTuber-Turned-Musician’, they probably think of someone like Dream – the viral gaming star who received widespread mockery last year following the release of his… Read more

Steve Lacy – ‘Gemini Rights’ Album Review

Photo Credit: David Levene Steve Lacy had a Grammy nomination before he had even finished high school, so the fact that he released two critically acclaimed albums before turning 25 years old is hardly surprising. Following up his funky, nostalgic coming-out debut Apollo XII with Gemini Rights, Steve here seeks unconditional love as he finds… Read more

Backstreet Boys – ‘A Very Backstreet Christmas’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dennis Leupold The existence of A Very Backstreet Christmas shouldn’t surprise anyone. Though the demand for new Christmas music remains low – year after year, more and more people seem to be sticking with the classics (Mariah, Kirsty MacColl, Michael Buble, etc.) over renditions from the stars of the moments – creating a… Read more

Charlie Puth – ‘CHARLIE’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kenneth Cappello Of the over 13,000 albums on the database of Metacritic – the review aggregation site – Charlie Puth’s debut Nine Track Mind holds the unfortunate distinction of having the 7th lowest critic’s score; Spin labeled it an “inoffensive dross,” while Q Magazine said that it “whimpers like a sad kitten.” With… Read more