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Category Archive for 'Dance Pop'

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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Madonna: MDNA.

“Most pop stars reach a point where they accept the slow march of time, but not Madonna. Time is Madonna’s enemy — an enemy to be battled or, better still, one to be ignored. She soldiers on, turning tougher, harder, colder with each passing album, winding up with a record as flinty as MDNA. There’s [...]

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Bibio: Mind Bokeh

“From the opening track, it’s clear that Wilkinson has gone for an even more defined electro pop sound than 2009’s Ambivalence Avenue.” –Beats Per Minute   Check Our Catalog

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Kelly Rowland: Here I Am

“Rowland has typically been one of R&B’s more reserved presences, but on her third album, Here I Am, she sounds positively liberated—it’s as if the same radioactive spider that gave Beyoncé her superhuman confidence finally bit Rowland, too.” –The A.V. Club   Check Our Catalog

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Songs for Japan

“A music industry-wide charity initiative, Songs For Japan is an unprecedented compilation of 37 major hits and classic tracks on 2 CDs including 21 Billboard Hot 100 hits and five #1′s from more than 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music. It is a star-studded album collection benefitting Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief.” [...]

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“Femme Fatale finds Brit-Brit ready to dance again à la the underrated Blackout and Britney albums of yore…her polymorphous perversity extends to track after track of more-out-there-than-the-last tunes packed with literal bells and whistles designed to get whole stadiums of weekend sex warriors into a simultaneous tizzy.” –The Boston Phoenix Check Our Catalog

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Keri Hilson: No Boys Allowed

“This sparky album keeps on catching the ear…Hilson is in warm, confident voice throughout – much more of this and she’ll be hard to ignore.” –BBC Music Check Our Catalog

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Miguel: All I Want is You

Check Our Catalog “Singer, songwriter, and producer Miguel spent a handful of years behind the scenes, helping to create hits for others before he released his own hit single, “All I Want Is You,” in 2010.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “There are treats galore to be heard here…Aphrodite is pure Kylie magic. Everything that made you fall in love with her all over again before is present and correct here.” –BBC Music

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Rihanna: Loud

Check Our Catalog “The remarkably sharp Barbadian-born pop star is now a woman with full, healthy claim to her sexuality, someone who’ll trill the sauciest lines while making damn sure her company is worth her while. None of the salacious hooks are a promise to any man, because they’re delivered for her own empowerment, and [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The sound popularized by the California band and like-minded label DFA (stuttering snares and high-hats, honking saxophone, cowbell and wood block percussion, disco guitar licks) would soon become synonymous with the decade’s urban club zeitgeist. Ten-plus years and four records later, their raw, post-punk-colored-funk attack still sounds as compelling as it did [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Gaga has employed a collection of more-than-capable producers to make her dance-ready smashes from “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster” even more propulsive on “The Remix.” Stuart Price flips around the chorus of “Paparazzi” to emphasize Gaga’s sense of longing, while Passion Pit turns “Telephone” into a delicious mix of techno, dubstep [...]

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Shontelle: No Gravity

Check Our Catalog “…Upbeat tracks, produced by the likes of Rodney Jerkins (Mary J. Blige, Brandy), Harry Sommerdahl (Lindsey Lohan, Celine Dion), and Bruno Mars’ Smeezingtons (Justin Bieber, Travie McCoy), get the job done for the dancefloor.”–All Music Guide

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Robyn: Body Talk Pt 1

Check Our Catalog “Capturing the freedom and loneliness of independence, Body Talk, Pt. 1 is a concise set of songs on its own, and an impressive first third of the whole ambitious project.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “The likes of Kate Nash and company have flitted through this piano siren/exuberant dance-diva territory, but never mind, because this gorgeous genre starts now.”–The Boston Phoenix

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Check Our Catalog “These disco-funk fashion icons put in some serious work to make you move. Updating the neon-glow falsetto and disco-push of the Bee Gees (as on “Any Which Way’’) still proves the band’s go-to move, but they expand their approach on “Night Work’’ into an overarching orgy of ’80s pop-quoting. It’s hard work [...]

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