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Category Archive for 'Dance Pop'

Michael Jackson: Xscape

“Timbaland and Reid evoke the Michael Jackson we all love and miss, finding songs that are worthy and giving them arrangements that are simultaneously nostalgic and modern. It’s a difficult trick to pull off but they largely succeed, so Xscape is a worthy and memorable coda to Jackson’s career.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once

“The ageless and brilliant Kylie Minogue is an unstoppable force on the pop music scene. Long after her contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, become irrelevant, released the same boring records over and over, or embarrassed themselves in various ways, she continues to crank out inspired albums that show absolutely no dip in quality whatsoever….Kiss [...]

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Icona Pop: This Is…Icona Pop

“Icona Pop struck gold with ‘I Love It,’ a single with so much staying power that it took almost two years to reach saturation on the airwaves and charts. The song’s slow ascent allowed Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt the time they needed to craft an album with a similar mix of instant impact and [...]

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“Ellen’s I’m Gonna Make You Dance Jams features a fairly broad assortment of upbeat, danceable music. It ranges as far back as 1971 for Aretha Franklin’s strutting ‘Rock Steady’ and is as current as 2012 with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ number one pop hit ‘Thrift Shop.’” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Miley Cyrus: Bangerz

“[O]n every track, she sounds more mature than ever before. Despite its flashier moments, there are also plenty of ballads….Brassy empowerment jams like ‘Maybe You’re Right,’ ‘Do My Thang,’ and ‘FU’ sell Cyrus as an independent woman, and the album accomplishes that mission: Bangerz transforms Miley into a pop star who won’t — and can’t [...]

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Ke$ha: Warrior

“Warrior works because Ke$ha never seems to be trying too hard yet she isn’t coasting: she’s created a statement of purpose where the highs aren’t as high as those on Animal — nothing digs in like ‘Tik Tok’ or ‘Take It Off’ — but there are no lows. It’s a wall-to-wall party for the freaks, [...]

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Mika: The Origin of Love

“Mika has flirted with dance music and electronic sounds since Life in Cartoon Motion, but on The Origin of Love he commits to it in a much bigger way…The album’s other highlights show that he’s still a keen and witty singer/songwriter, especially when it comes to love’s more confusing aspects.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“Along with co-producer Jerome ‘J-Roc’ Harmon and fellow songwriter James Fauntleroy, the Tims have made a refined and distended follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds… [A] pleasant and grown release from a charismatic entertainer.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Ellie Goulding: Halcyon

“Gifted with a disarmingly throaty — yet still resonant — voice and attractive, girl-next-door charisma… An ambitious work by an artist intent on developing her total sound, Halcyon finds Goulding poised at the edge of artistic and career possibilities.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Rihanna: Unapologetic

“Not only is Unapologetic just as varied as Rihanna’s past albums — it’s another timely refresh of contemporary pop music — but it’s a little more exploratory and a whole lot deeper, too.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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One Direction: Take Me Home

“One Direction deliver another immediately catchy mix of dancey pop that maximizes the group’s shared lead-vocal approach and peppy, upbeat image. This album highlights even more than their previous one how much One Direction’s mix of punchy guitars over snappy beats, handclaps, and bright synthesizers has in common with the positive, fun-loving tone of ’70s [...]

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Christina Aguilera: Lotus

“Christina may not pushing at her limits here — a safeness underscored by the presence of not one but two Voice co-stars…but it’s hard to blame her for playing it safe, particularly because she wound up with such a strong pop album, one that reconfirms her gifts as a singer and savviness as a pop [...]

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Pink: The Truth About Love

“A lot has happened to P!nk since the release of her 2008 breakup album, Funhouse, most notably a reconciliation with her estranged husband, Carey Hart, and subsequent birth of their child in 2011. P!nk wrestles with these two life-changing events and many other thorny issues on her 2012 album, The Truth About Love, a vibrant [...]

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“[T]wo new recordings, ‘Dance Again’ and ‘Goin’ In,’ tracks that feature Pitbull and Flo Rida, respectively, [are] cuts designed for the dancefloors of 2012. …These hard, cold constructions feel especially steely when paired with the fizzy, glitzy turn-of-the-millennium hits that turned Lopez into a pop star. Not all of her charting singles are here but… [...]

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Rebecca Ferguson: Heaven

“The debut from 2010 X-Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson, 2011′s Heaven is a stylish, expertly produced contemporary R&B and pop album that showcases Ferguson’s emotive, soulful voice… These are literate, thoughtful songs that balance a kind of singer/songwriter approach with a more club- and dance-oriented aesthetic… And while the old-school soul sound certainly informs much of [...]

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The Wanted: The EP

“Although The Wanted fall into the multi-member teen pop tradition of such groups as *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and Take That, musically they evince more of a dance-rock, synth pop sound that is influenced as much by the modern rock uplift of Coldplay and Snow Patrol as it is the more club-oriented R&B of the Justins: [...]

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Usher: Looking 4 Myself

“With rare exception, revolutionary pop as presented on Looking 4 Myself sounds just like contemporary pop-oriented R&B, or European dance-pop, or some combination of the two. Compared to Usher’s previous album, this is weighted more heavily toward dance-pop.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Justin Bieber: Believe

“Believe finds Bieber co-writing all but one song and handling his “not a boy, not quite a man” status with poise, despite some considerable contrast between his age and what he has been through. Given the space allowed by an hour-long release, Bieber aims for just about every pop market.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Karmin: Hello

“Hello is where Karmin attempt to shake off the specter of novelty and present themselves as an honest to goodness modern pop band.”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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One Direction: Up All Night

“Following the success of JLS and the Wanted, X-Factor contestants One Direction were the next group of heartthrobs to help revive the previously dying concept of the boy band. They released their first single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” in late 2011. The full-length album, Up All Night, followed soon after. In 2012, One Direction became [...]

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