Carly Rae Jepsen’s had a tough time in the spotlight since the release of her breakout 2012 single, Call Me Maybe. Along with all the obligatory “one hit wonder!!!” comments following Call Me Maybe, music critics have done their job in criticizing her debut Kiss, which is likely why she’s striving for critical acclaim on her third album. Oh, and of course, there was that whole pawn shop rumor, too. Although Emotion has a large number of co-writers, similar to Kiss, it doesn’t seem nearly as all manufactured, and has substantial lyrics now, similar to lyrics from her debut, Tug of War, and the original version of Tiny Little Bows or even Curiosity. If that’s what it takes for an album to be considered indie, then okay. But in my opinion, Emotion is a pop album, and a fantastic, substantial varied one at that. This is the kind of music Jepsen seems at home with — and for that matter, a sound that’s a lot more appropriate for her age that only occasionally falters.
Nine years ago on the 19th, Taylor Swift released her first single to country radio, Tim McGraw. Today she's the only artist to have three albums go platinum in a week, her latest album 1989 has had the beginning opening week since 2002, and has broken countless other records. What's more than that, she's connected to a generation of young fans who she describes as "her longest relationship". And in honor her and Tim McGraw, I've decided to make a special post with my favorite 10 songs by her. And I'm not going to be calling her "Harry Styles' ex girlfriend" or anything like that.
Reviews of Fly by Maddie & Tae, Style by Taylor Swift, Talk by Against the Current, All the Way by Megan & Liz, Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson, Time Machine by Ingrid Michaelson and more.
"Searching for a sound we hadn't heard before", Taylor Swift describes her new album on the opening track, Welcome to New York, and that's a very accurate description. Her new album is a complete departure from her previous albums, even Red, and sees her firmly positioning herself as the new queen of pop. So of course, I like it less. I haven't really complained much about Max Martin (I don't like to complain that much on this blog) but my opinion is that his niche is dysfunctional relationship songs or dancepop fluff, and anything else he can't do well. I don't think he was the best executive producer or cowriter for this album (even if she was choosing to go pop.)
Ariana Grande's sophomore album is hotly anticipated, following three songs that peaked at the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100, and a fourth peaking at 49. It features many collaborations with other rappers and singers — there are more tracks with a featured artist than without. This is perhaps where the album falls short — tending to overcomplicate and disrupt what could've been a smooth listening experience.
Following her departure from Simon Cowell's British record label, Syco, and subsequent signing to a division of Sony Records, Cher Lloyd's sophomore album took a while to be released, inspiring the title "Sorry I'm Late." The first single featured T.I, the rapper who sang on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Iggy Azalea's "Change Your Life", and the album contains co-writes with pop hitmakers and producers Max Martin and Shellback. On the album, Cher Lloyd uses her vocals a lot more, opting to only really have a rap verse of her own on one song, "Killin' It." With so many big writing and producing names, as well as Cher Lloyd's talent, which has improved significantly from her debut album, it's no surprise that "Sorry I'm Late" is an album that you can pop in and just jam to.
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