Aug 1, 2018
NR
‪Michael Jackson’s final studio album may have sold more than 6 million copies with little support from Sony but it suffered from a bloated runtime and poor sequencing, which likely wouldn’t have happened under the watchful eye of Quincy Jones. ‬

‪However, ‘Invincible’ could’ve been the triumphant comeback he envisioned if he trimmed it down to these 10 songs:‬

‪01. Unbreakable‬
‪02. Heartbreaker‬
‪03. Butterflies‬
‪04. Threatened‬
‪05. ... read more
Jul 29, 2017
90
ChrisLacy1990

Conventional wisdom has it that Michael Jackson reached his artistic peak with Off the Wall and Thriller, and Bad was the beginning of a slow and steady decline. However, this intensely creative period is much better than its reputation suggests.

Bad contains more solid pop classics than most greatest-hits compilations (“The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Dirty Diana”), a deeper bench than some may remember (“Speed ... read more
Jul 28, 2017
90
Words like “ethereal,” “blissful,” and “dreamy” will be used ceaselessly to describe Jessie Ware’s newly unveiled single “Midnight” in the coming days and weeks, but none of these terms can adequately convey the breadth of London-bred singer-songwriter’s vocal purity.

What starts out as a sensuous, bedroom ballad with bewitching synthesizers emerges as a smooth, retro jam with echoes of Elton John’s “Bennie and the ... read more
Jul 27, 2017
90
Some people overuse the word “genius,” but Sign O’ the Times provides indisputable evidence that Prince is worthy of that label.

His willingness to examine his own life and engage the world around him results in grooves that put the listener in motion at both ends of the spinal column (“Housequake,” “Hot Thing”), artful storytelling that sent his peers back to the drawing board (“Sign O’ the Times,” “The Ballad of Dorothy ... read more
Jul 25, 2017
90
Conventional wisdom has it that Michael Jackson reached his artistic peak with Off the Wall and Thriller, and Bad was the beginning of a slow and steady decline. However, this intensely creative period is much better than its reputation suggests.

Bad contains more solid pop classics than most greatest-hits compilations (“The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Dirty Diana”), a deeper bench than some may remember (“Speed Demon,” ... read more
Jul 24, 2017
40
Hot on the heels of the critically-praised Ultraviolence (2014) and Honeymoon (2015), art-pop sorceress Lana Del Rey was in the perfect position to elevate her artistry to the next level with her fifth studio album Lust for Life. Regrettably, Del Rey’s not only slammed the brakes on her hot streak, but one could make a strong argument that Lust for Life is her most underwhelming project to date.

An album entitled Lust for Life should offer blissful escapism and liberation; however, there ... read more
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