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One Direction: Four

“[O]n Four the scales are tipped heavily in favor of the kind of songs they do best, with the majority of them sounding like good-time hits that will go a long way toward warming up a cold November night.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Betty Who: Take Me When You Go

“On Betty Who’s debut album, Take Me When You Go, the 23-year-old Australian singer basks in pop’s sunshine….Almost all of the songs could score high-energy musical versions of classic ’80s teen-flicks like The Breakfast Club or Pretty in Pink. That’s no dig, either: Take Me is expressive and emotional, smartly written, and quick to get to the point without pandering to [...]

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Taylor Swift: 1989

“When Taylor Swift decides to do something, the girl really knows how to overdo it. So on her fifth album, when she indulges her crush on Eighties synth-pop, she goes full blast….Deeply weird, feverishly emotional, wildly enthusiastic, 1989 sounds exactly like Taylor Swift, even when it sounds like nothing she’s ever tried before.” –Rolling Stone Check Our Catalog

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Laroux: Trouble in Paradise

“[T]he lasting impact of La Roux’s whip-smart synth pop — which became a template for countless other ’80s-worshiping acts during Jackson’s absence — proved her music could still be relevant five years later….Jackson is still better than many of her contemporaries when it comes to making fizzy electro-pop.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen [...]

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Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour

“Disclosure’s loping dance-pop single ‘Latch,’ a number 11 U.K. hit in 2012, introduced Sam Smith, a London-born vocalist with a deeply emotive voice….This is an understated and promising first step from an unpredictable and distinctive talent.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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“If one could draw a Venn diagram with Southern California punk-pop giants Green Day on the left and British boy band sensations One Direction on the right, the circles would most likely intersect to create Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer….5 Seconds of Summer have crafted an album of songs that stick in your head like [...]

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Jennifer Lopez: A.K.A.

“[T]his record attempts to push J-Lo further into modern dance, by having her duet with T.I., Pitbull, and Rick Ross, not to mention Iggy Azalea….A bit more of A.K.A. is devoted to this cacophonic attack than usual… and while that’s a heavy indication of how Lopez wants to rebrand herself for 2014, the sound also [...]

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Aloe Blacc: Lift Your Spirit

“Retro soulman Aloe Blacc seems to have his sights set on the big time. After co-writing and lending his vocal to EDM producer Avicii’s 2013 hit Wake Me Up, Blacc’s third solo album sits firmly in poppy, ready-to-chart R&B territory….Blacc’s gravelly, expressive voice sounds terrific throughout, his trills and melodies indebted to Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers.” –The [...]

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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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Shakira: Shakira

“Shakira is the rare pop star who can pull an album together through sheer force of personality. Whatever the setting, she not only sounds comfortable, she sounds powerful, and that goes a long way toward making Shakira a nice state-of-the-art pop album for America and the rest of the world.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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Pharrell Williams: G I R L

“Compared to his albums with N.E.R.D. and In My Mind, this is easily Pharrell’s second most enjoyable album, just behind the original version of In Search Of… from 2001. It’s fun, frivolous, and low on excess.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Little Mix: Salute

“The sophomore full-length album from Little Mix, 2013′s Salute, showcases the British all-girl group’s bright, high-energy pop music….Ultimately, while Salute retains all of Little Mix’s infectious, teen-friendly ingredients, it reveals a new recipe for fans whose palates have matured right along with the band.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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TLC: 20

“[T]his set is a decent introduction to one of the biggest pop groups of the ’90s. Released a week ahead of the film’s premiere, it features all nine of the group’s Hot 100 Top Ten singles….The group made three of the best ’90s pop-R&B albums, and 2002′s 3D was no embarrassment.” –All Music Guide Check [...]

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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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Fifth Harmony: Better Together

“Better Together is the debut EP from the (predominantly) teenage pop group Fifth Harmony, the quintet that formed during the second season of Fox’s reality singing competition The X Factor….They keep it energetic throughout and switch styles with ease and confidence. This features the group’s first single, the Billboard Hot 100 hit ‘Miss Movin’ On,’ [...]

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Britney Spears: Britney Jean

“Typically, whenever a self-titled album arrives fairly far into an artist’s career it signifies a rebirth, a moment when the musician reconnects to what’s real and true….Prior to its December 2013 release, Britney called Britney Jean one of her most ‘personal’ records, a term that carries a certain weight, suggesting that the brief album… would [...]

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“Just before the release of The 20/20 Experience, the Roots’ Questlove, who opened as a DJ for Justin Timberlake’s SXSW festival appearance, announced that there would be a sequel. A little more than six months later, it was released, consisting of more recordings from Timberlake’s May-June 2012 sessions with friend Timbaland, Jerome Harmon, and James [...]

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