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REVIEW: SAM SPARRO: QUANTUM PHYSICAL, VOLUME 1

Most people reading this review will probably have no idea who Sam Sparro is. Perhaps you’re one of them. Well, Sam Sparro wrote a little song called “Black & Gold,” which appeared on his debut album, which was released in 2008, and it quickly became one of the biggest pop songs of all-time....
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: VV BROWN: SAMSON & DELILAH

Instead of hurrying to release a sequel to her relatively mainstream soul-pop debut, Traveling Like The Light, singer/songwriter/producer/model/fashion designer VV Brown actually scrapped her second album, Lollipops & Politics, and left her record label, determined to make an album that was wholly artistic. She subsequently took the time to reinvent herself and come...
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KATY PERRY: PRISM: THE LOVE IS POP REVIEW

Katy Perry has had her critics from day one. Or should I say haters? I suppose they’ve been one in the same in many instances with all of the mud-slinging that’s been thrown in Katy’s direction. But it’s awfully easy to criticize pop stars. And, hey, I’ve done it myself. I’m never hateful...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: GLASSER: INTERIORS

While living in Los Angeles during 2010, Cameron Mesirow released Ring, her debut album as Glasser. She has since moved to downtown Manhattan in New York where she more or less became obsessed with the city’s architecture, particularly its interiors, which she likely found comforting, being admittedly agoraphobic. Aside from the city’s architecture...
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW(S): THE HAWK IN PARIS

Interviews by Michael McCarthy I am a music junkie. I always want more and I can never have enough. One of my favorite places to find new music is Noisetrade, a wonderful website where thousands of artists give away their music in hopes of building a following. You’re free to tip them, and...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: SUZUKI/METHOD: NATIVE EP

Suzuki/Method is a band from the UK featuring brothers and founders Adam Leishman (lead vocals/guitar) and Glen Leishman (keyboards) along with Michael Mathews (bass/vocals), David Boyd (drums/percussion) and Ben Hounslow (guitar/vocals). The recorded this EP, Native, which is their debut, during the Salford riots. It was produced by David Tolan (Delphic, New Order,...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals

You all know the back story by now: several years ago guitarist Derek Miller was shredding in a hardcore band while vocalist Alexis Krauss was singing in a teen pop group of all things. But they came together in Brooklyn in 2009 and quickly proceeded to make a noisey, raw and aggressive album...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: BANKS: LONDON

Jillian Banks is from and resides in Los Angeles, but her EP is entitled London. Why? I’m not sure. I tried to find out if she’s ever been to London when I was preparing to write this review but I couldn’t find mention of her ever going to London anywhere. But she wouldn’t...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: CLAIRE: BROKEN PROMISE LAND EP

If you don’t live in Germany then you probably haven’t heard of Munich’s Claire. Well, they’re an extremely talented five member synth pop group who produce some of the most colorful and invigorating pop music you’ll ever hear. In fact, their music is so impressive that they’ve already had the pleasure of opening...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE: 2 OF 2

Earlier this year Justin Timberlake made his very welcomed return to the music world with The 20/20 Experience, an album chock full of lengthy, rather progressive gems, which I reviewed here: https://loveispop.com/reviews/pop/review-justin-timberlake-the-2020-experience/. So far, it’s the year’s best-selling album and it’s also one of the year’s best-reviewed. At the time it was released,...
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#albumoftheday HAIM: DAYS ARE GONE

The award for the most highly-anticipated debut album this year probably goes to Lorde for her album Pure Heroine. But second place easily goes to HAIM, the group made up of sisters Este (born March 14, 1986), Danielle (born February 16, 1989) and Alana Haim (born December 15, 1991), along with drummer Dash...
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#albumoftheday MILEY CYRUS: BANGERZ

I know some of my readers will scoff at me for even reviewing this one, but the fact of the matter is that it’s one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year, pop or otherwise, which is what prompted me to listen to the stream, not the starlet’s controversial and certainly disgusting...
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#albumoftheday LORDE: PURE HEROINE

Back in July I reviewed Lorde’s mesmerizing and mind-blowingly good single “Tennis Court” and its glorious B-side “Swingin Party.” And I felt like I was late to the party, having only just heard the 16 year old New Zealand native — real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor — for the first time then, this even...
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