1. Lucy Hale Takes The Appealing 'Road Between': Track-By-Track Review

    June 02, 2014 1:16 PM EDT "Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale is more than just another actor trying to crossover into the music world. She's been singing most of her life, and before she started spending most of her days on sets, she placed in the top 5 o ...

  2. Blink-182's 'Enema of the State' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 30, 2014 1:45 PM EDT 1.679 k 275 0 Five years after Green Day's "Dookie," punk purists had another platinum-selling trio to yell "Sellout!" at. But for everyone not taking themselves so seriously, there was another reason to rock out to teenaged angst ...

  3. Austin Mahone, 'The Secret' EP: Track-By-Track Review

    May 27, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Since Justin Bieber began his pop ascendence in 2009, no male teen solo star has come close to equaling (or surpassing) the Canadian superstar's ubiquity. Artists like Cody Simpson and Greyson Chance each found moderate success after the Bieb ...

  4. Aaliyah, 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 The first of Aaliyah's three studio albums is a tease, an outlier and, above all, an annunciation. The rising R&B star was just 15 years old at the time of its 1994 release, and thanks to the risqué title and sultry way she sings these doze ...

  5. Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse': Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT In the nearly five years since Mariah Carey's last proper studio album, the singer has given birth to twins, served a stint on "American Idol," and reaffirmed her acting skills with a couple of films thankfully not called "Glit ...

  6. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT 1.196 k 90 3 As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are ...

  7. Coldplay's Haunted 'Ghost Stories' Album: Track-By-Track Review

    May 14, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Coldplay's sixth studio album will forever be tied to frontman Chris Martin's out-of-the-blue announcement that he and wife Gwyneth Paltrow were separating , nearly two months before the full-length's release. The timing of the brea ...

  8. Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2014 1:29 PM EDT 1.385 k 222 0 To answer your first question: Yes, it is any good. And about your second: Better than you think.   To be sure, it's a strange project: a Michael Jackson record of vocals out of the vault and all-new music from Timbaland and Jerome &quo ...

  9. Phillip Phillips Expands His Sound on 'Behind The Light': Album Review

    May 12, 2014 1:50 PM EDT When Phillip Phillips won "American Idol" in season 11, it wasn't due to his outgoing personality. In fact, on-air interviews with the Georgia native during the Fox show's 2012 run often felt more like an exercise in single-syl ...

  10. The Black Keys Defy Radio Trends on 'Turn Blue': Album Review

    May 12, 2014 10:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 For lovers of pop music, advance word about the new Black Keys album was a bit alarming. Guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach, drummer Patrick Carney and returning co-conspirator/­co-producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton said in recent interview ...

  11. Weezer's 'Blue Album' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 09, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Roughly a month after Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide , bummed-out rocker kids everywhere met a new potential hero. His name was Rivers Cuomo, and he was a Connecticut-born L.A. transplant with a fetish for melody and secret love of cheesy metal. ...

  12. Tune-Yards Explores Her Daring Side On 'Nikki Nack': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 5:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made ...

  13. Lykke Li Dives Into Heartbreak on 'I Never Learn': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lykke Li has described her third album, "I Never Learn," as the final installment in a trilogy, but the lonely woman at the center of the new set is almost unrecognizable compared with the honeydew-voiced pixie who arrived with 2008's ...

  14. Santana Indulges His Experimental Side on 'Corazón': Album Review

    May 06, 2014 6:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The best instrumentalists don't just play -- they speak. Instruments can move freely without language or diction hampering them, but that also makes it more challenging to deliver a message or establish an identity. Yet the sound of Carlos Sant ...

  15. The Cure's 'Disintegration' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 01, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 2.491 k 81 28 No need to check the almanac to see what the weather was like on May 2, 1989, the day the Cure released its eighth studio album. Once copies of "Disintegration" started hitting CD trays and turntables, the skies turned grey and the ...

  16. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT 3 0 0 In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes a ...

  17. OutKast, 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hip Hop in 1994, for the most part, was akin to the same government that it was at war with. You had the East Coast acting as the Republican party, leaning on classical sounds and ideologies, while the West Coast promoted the more Democratic, libera ...

  18. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they di ...

  19. Kelis, 'FOOD': Track-By-Track Review

    April 21, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For her latest career reinvention, Kelis is trying on a rock-and-soul hybrid helmed by producer Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) with an album called "FOOD" (out Tuesday on Ninja Tune), conveniently released at the same time as she's ho ...

  20. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT 0 1 0 There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spe ...

  21. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT 2 0 0 There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And ...

  22. Run-D.M.C.'s 'Run D.M.C.' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 27, 2014 11:08 AM EDT It's been thirty years since the release of Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut LP, which made its way to record stores on March 27, 1984. The album is a cultural landmark, introducing legendary rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Dar ...

  23. Shakira, 'Shakira': Track-By-Track Review

    March 25, 2014 11:12 AM EDT 2.515 k 273 1 0 Love, motherhood, rock roots, a dab of country here, a drop of reggae there, and of course, Latin dance rhythms. Shakira's "Shakira," her first studio album in four years, may at first blush sound as if it could be a dispara ...

  24. Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 6.109 k 320 19 To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer." By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocat ...

  25. Foster the People, 'Supermodel': Track-By-Track Review

    March 17, 2014 1:16 PM EDT What's harder than making America dance to a song that's ostensibly about a school shooting? Figuring out how to follow that out-of-nowhere success, of course. With the 2010 single "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People mastermin ...

  26. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a le ...

  27. Nine Inch Nails' 'The Downward Spiral' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 07, 2014 4:46 PM EST Before Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor did upstanding things like marry, procreate, get ripped, and win an Academy Award , he made one of the most upsetting, misunderstood, and enduring album of the ‘90s, “The Downward Spiral,” which turns 20 ...

  28. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest pr ...

  29. Lea Michele, 'Louder': Track-By-Track Review

    February 28, 2014 1:52 PM EST "It's more than just an album to me," "Glee" star Lea Michele recently told Billboard about her debut album "Louder." "It's a piece of my life that I'm so glad is here for me to have for the rest ...

  30. Girls' Generation, 'Mr.Mr.': Track-By-Track Review

    February 27, 2014 10:38 PM EST With nearly 14 months away from the K-pop scene, Girls' Generation -- arguably one of the biggest girl groups in the world, not just in K-pop -- returning with a six-track EP might, at first, seem like a bit of a letdown. But on "Mr.M ...

  31. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 7:46 PM EST It’s hard not to feel happy for Pharrell Williams. The eternally boyish producer, 40, is currently enjoying a career renaissance on the level of Mariah Carey in 2005 or Bryan Cranston in 2008, emerging after a presumed definitive career arc to st ...

  32. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking ...

  33. 'The Smiths' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 20, 2014 2:20 PM EST As of Feb. 20, 2014, 54-year old Steven Patrick Morrissey is about to embark on a tour in support of an upcoming solo album , and remains one of the most iconic figures in modern rock music. Thrity years ago today, the idiosyncratic Mancunian t ...

  34. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen product ...

  35. Green Day's 'Dookie' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 01, 2014 2:20 PM EST 1.39 k 105 6 Quick histories of punk rock often highlight the immortal class of 1977 (Pistols, Clash, Ramones) and then jump to the crossover success of Nirvana and Green Day in the 90s. That's entirely misleading, overlooking an multitude of amazing ...

  36. Van Halen's '1984' At 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    January 09, 2014 3:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Who could have imagined that a synthesizer, and not a guitar, would put Van Halen over the top? But that was indeed the case when the first blast of Oberheim OB-Xa announced the arrival of "Jump" and the quartet's leap into the rock s ...

  37. Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes': Track-By-Track Review

    January 05, 2014 9:00 PM EST BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN High Hopes Producers: Ron Aniello, Brendan O'Brien Label: Columbia Release Date: Jan. 14 "High Hopes" is Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album. In a first for the artist, the record is a collection of cover ...

  38. Beyonce, Beyonce: Track-By-Track Review

    December 13, 2013 3:53 PM EST "I see music," Beyoncé said in a video on her Facebook page, dubbed "Self-Titled, Part 1," just minutes after her surprise announcement of "Beyoncé," her fifth album. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m conn ...

  39. Holiday Albums 2013: 10 Hot Seasonal Releases

    December 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Baby, it's cold outside and all those activities in this winter wonderland feel a little warmer with a soundtrack of tunes from 2013's crop of holiday albums. Pop (Kelly Clarkson), R&B (Mary J. Blige), rock (Nick Lowe), traditional (S ...

  40. Britney Spears, 'Britney Jean': Track-By-Track Review

    November 26, 2013 3:21 PM EST 1.799 k 187 9 BRITNEY SPEARS Britney Jean Producers: Will.i.am, William Orbit, David Guetta Label: RCA Release Date: Dec. 3 On the eve of her 32nd birthday, Britney Spears is at a pleasant point in her career, and has little left to prove in the recording ...

  41. One Direction, 'Midnight Memories': Track-By-Track Review

    November 25, 2013 2:00 PM EST Did you really expect the world's biggest boy band to drop the ball on 2013? "Midnight Memories," the third full-length from the "X Factor"-formed quintet (out Nov. 25 via Columbia/Syco), follows up on what worked best ...

  42. Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2013 1:13 PM EST I didn't enter the Wu-Tang on November 9, 1993, the date that "36 Chambers" was released. I, like many others, discovered that they were nothing to fuck with years later -- specifically, 11 years later, when a friend gave me a 20 ...

  43. Lady Gaga, 'ARTPOP': Track-By-Track Review

    November 05, 2013 5:43 PM EST 2.017 k 1.139 k 39 0 While most mainstream musicians care deeply about both the details of their music and the way that music is presented to the world, Lady Gaga is the hardest-working artist in pop music because she makes absolute certain that every inc ...

  44. Avril Lavigne, 'Avril Lavigne': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 4:33 PM EST "A first taste like honey, you were so yum/Can't wait for a second, cause it's so fun," is a line from the song "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," off Avril Lavigne's self-titled fifth studio album. It ...

  45. Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Eminem’s demons are as present on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as they were on its 2000 predecessor -- except 13 years later, they have mutated from being his prey to now being his muse. Familiar affairs  — revenge, resentment and heartbreak — re ...

  46. Arcade Fire, 'Reflektor': Track-By-Track Review

    October 28, 2013 10:33 AM EDT Arcade Fire has been touted as Generation Y's answer to U2, and ever since their 2004 debut "Funeral" tipped off indie rock to strings, sweeping musical arrangements and wholly relatable anthems, it seems they've been aspirin ...

  47. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': Track-By-Track Review

    October 21, 2013 2:51 PM EDT Katy Perry released her sophomore album, "Teenage Dream," at the age of 25, but the 2010 effort pristinely captured the chirpy buoyancy of youth through gooey synth-pop. There was a reason that "Teenage Dream" spawned a rec ...

  48. The Who's 'Quadrophenia' At 40: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    October 19, 2013 4:52 PM EDT The Who's second rock opera, "Quadrophenia," released 40 years ago in October 1973, was Pete Townshend's homage to an earlier moment in British youth culture. Composed entirely by Townshend, the 17-song opus told the story of ...

  49. Pearl Jam's 'Vs.' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    October 18, 2013 3:55 PM EDT Just days after the release of Pearl Jam's brand new 10th studio album, "Lightning Bolt," comes the 20th anniversary of its key sophomore set, "Vs," which hit record stores 20 years ago on Oct. 19, 1993.   Pearl Jam fro ...

  50. Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt': Track-By-Track Review With Band Commentary

    October 14, 2013 10:06 PM EDT A song-by-song look at PJ's new album with commentary from guitarists Stone Gossard & Mike McCready on many songs. It's been four years since Pearl Jam's last studio album, but the band's inspired new effort "Lightni ...

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