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Category Archive for 'Dance Pop'

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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Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour

Check Our Catalog “Culled from her most recent tour, this album does include plenty of new tracks from Hard Candy (including “Beat Goes On,” featuring a guest shot from Kanye West). But she also includes plenty of classics and fan favorites, reminding us that, among all the many identities she tries on, Madonna is also [...]

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Goldfrapp: Head First

Check Our Catalog “It’s one of the most unabashed love letters to anthemic ’80s synth-pop ever laid to hard disc….If that sounds like an unappealing clarion call from a dark musical period that you’re still trying to forget, this isn’t the album for you. But for those of us who weren’t beaten up by Harold [...]

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Justin Bieber: My World 2.0

Check Our Catalog “Bieber makes all the right, charming moves for a teen, and he covers all the bases. The dance-pop songs are light on the ears yet memorable; the unrequited material sounds deeply felt; the ballads have all the necessary us-against-the-world teen-love dramatics.”–All Music Guide

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Little Boots: Hands

Check Our Catalog “For an album with crowded electro-pop instrumentation, the music isn’t overbearing, and Little Boots’ cheeky lyrics never lose any of their dry attitude.”–Billboard.com

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Check Our Catalog “Hot Chip look more likely than any of their peers to ascend one day to the intellectual electro-pop heights of Pet Shop Boys or Scritti Politti. Fuller than usual of slow songs and piano ballads, One Life Stand is their mellowest, most thoughtful effort so far — which means it carries the [...]

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La Roux: La Roux

Check Our Catalog “Elly Jackson is the perfect London pop star of the moment: a 21-year-old loudmouth bossypants with appallingly awesome hair and a vacant stare of a voice. Along with co-writer and fellow synth dude Ben Langmaid, she’s ruling U.K. radio with splashy dance hits about sex and betrayal.”–Rolling Stone

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BoA: BoA

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