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by Ayeen Forootan Music Pop Rocks

Paul McCartney | McCartney III

McCartney III finds the artist in a familiar playful mood, experimenting across various forms, genres, and lyrical modes. Considering the lukewarm (even arguably harsh) response with which Paul McCartney’s two previous one-man home-recorded solo albums, McCartney (1970) and McCartney II (1980), were initially received, and…

January 23, 2021
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by Tanner Stechnij Music Pop Rocks

Kylie Minogue | DISCO

DISCO is a breezy, light album that revels in the familiar, sticky hooks that have made Kylie’s career. Kylie Minogue, a trusted spokesperson of the dance floor, heard the disco call and answered it — again. After her divisive foray into country-pop with 2018’s Golden,…

January 18, 2021
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by Andrew Bosma Music Pop Rocks

BLACKPINK | The Album

The Album isn’t the mic drop record its title suggests but still mostly thrives on the strength of BLACKPINK’s exuberant stylings. After spending the past couple years cozying up to American mainstream listeners with In Your Area, BLACKPINK triumphantly returns with the hubristically titled The…

January 15, 2021
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by Andrew Bosma Music Pop Rocks

Ariana Grande | Positions

Positions finds Ariana in full superstar mode: as confident, in control, and willing to define herself as she has ever been. After two album cycles that culminated in a massive sold-out tour (with multiple headlining dates at major music festivals), Ariana Grande has returned, triumphantly,…

January 14, 2021
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by Alec Lane Music Pop Rocks

Taylor Swift | folklore

While not up to the standard set by T-Swift’s best writing, folklore still manages to remind that she is as keen an emotional observer as ever. The presentation, in both its marketing and its media representation, of Taylor Swift’s latest has taken up more space…

November 28, 2020
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by Alec Lane Music Pop Rocks

JoJo | Good to Know

Good to Know is a celebration of JoJo’s confidence and artistic independence, marking a new course after her career’s detours. Best known for the prodigious vocal talent that she displayed as a teen with her early R&B singles, JoJo is an artist with multiple top…

November 28, 2020
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