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Tove Lo-Lady Wood

“…Lo juxtaposes smooth sounds with a viewpoint that’s anything but.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Bon Iver: 22, A Million

“It’s an impressive feat of reinvention that manages to keep Vernon’s emotional core fully intact no matter how far the music strays from established Bon Iver territory.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Idina Menzel: Idina.

“There’s plenty here to like, and her decision to get personal pays off artistically.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Beyonce: Lemonade

“…BeyoncĂ© delights in her blackness, femininity, and Southern origin with supreme wordplay.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman

“…while some of these cuts work better than others, the range is impressive, as is Grande’s measured, assured performance.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Rachel Platten: Wildfire

“Platten specializes in skyscraping melodies and big, bombastic surfaces and these are the elements that not only fuel Wildfire, they distinguish it from the singer/songwriter’s clear antecedents.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Marina and the Diamonds: Froot

“Ultimately, with Froot, Diamandis has crafted an arch, swaggeringly impressive album that balances its pop sweetness with a deep-rooted maturity.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Adam Lambert: The Original High

“Here, and throughout The Original High, Adam Lambert demonstrates he’s in perfect control of his style and sound and knows how to combine both into a sterling modern pop record.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Alessia Cara: Know-It-All

“Going by the level of potential shown here, it’s evident that Cara will eventually need a lot less creative assistance.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Ellie Goulding: Delirium

“Ultimately, it’s the unexpectedly appealing combination of Goulding’s distinctive voice and the melismatic R&B bent of the songs on Delirium that makes for such an ecstatic listen.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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One Direction: Made in the A.M.

“Their songwriting shows growth, their vocals remain flawless, the production team continues to throw the occasional curveball to go along with the softballs, and there are plenty of songs that sound like the best pop music has to offer in 2015.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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The Neighborhood: Wiped Out!

“As the black & white album cover illustration of a palm tree on a beach implies, this is surf music for street goths and beach bums with bad attitudes.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“…one wonders how 5SOS can get away with blatantly lifting the melody of Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry Like the Wolf,’ as they do on ‘Hey Everybody!’ The answer is by freely copping to the lift and crediting Duran Duran. In the end, though, perhaps we shouldn’t be too critical of the band’s unabashed cut-and-paste sound, especially […]

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Demi Lovato: Confident

“…it’s little surprise that Demi often fares best with the numbers that are brassy: the big, heavy swing of the title track, the same-sex seduction of ‘Cool for the Summer,’ the empowering ‘For You’ and ‘Lionheart,’ the latter a gleaming wall of sound.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Carly Rae Jepsen: E-Mo-Tion

“The excellent ‘Your Type’ is so deftly self-deprecating and catchy that it could actually be a Robyn song, while the title track and ‘Boy Problems’ capture longing and heartache in ways that feel like they were written for everyone’s inner junior high schooler. An even more consistent album than Kiss, E-MO-TION further defines Jepsen as […]

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Nate Ruess: Grand Romantic

“If there’s one thing that’s clear about Nate Ruess based on his debut solo album, 2015’s Grand Romantic, it’s that he’s in love, and he wants you to know all about it. Purportedly inspired by his relationship with designer Charlotte Ronson (sister of DJs Samantha and Mark), Grand Romantic is a fittingly grandiose, occasionally silly, […]

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“…a record built on the detritus of the last four decades of consumer culture. Songs are anchored on samples of Suzanne Vega (‘Centuries’) or, better still, a bizarre appropriation of The Munsters theme (the wild, careening ‘Uma Thurman,’ where the Halloween surfer-swing attempts to replicate the sexy menace of Pulp Fiction), but these are essentially […]

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Madonna: Rebel Heart

“Rebel Heart was introduced to the world with an indiscipline uncharacteristic of Madonna. Blame it on hackers who rushed out a clutch of unfinished tracks at the end of 2014, a few months before the record’s scheduled spring release. Madonna countered by putting six full tracks up on a digital service, a move that likely […]

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Various: 2015 Grammy Nominees

“Issued by RCA three weeks prior to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, 2015 Grammy Nominees, like yearly releases before it, emphasizes the ‘big four’ categories. Since four of the nominees for Record of the Year (namely ‘Chandelier,’ ‘Stay with Me,’ ‘Shake It Off,’ and ‘All About That Bass’ — were also up for Song […]

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David Guetta: Listen

“…Guetta does the build, break, and drop thing on some cuts, while tastefully keeping other songs EDM free, but his major contribution when it comes to creativity seems to be the inspired Black Eyed Peas and township jive mashing he does on ‘Lift Me Up’ with Nico & Vinz plus Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Otherwise, he […]

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