Pop

Artist: 
HOLY
Label: 
PNKSLM

Man, I gotta tell y’all, it’s difficult to review something that you just didn’t enjoy as much as you thought you were going to. I’ve honestly never written a negative review before, which is a small miracle for someone that’s been reviewing music for AT LEAST the last six months or so (a long and prosperous career, to be sure).

Sounds Like: 
Flaming Lips (sorta?)
Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala (Kinda?)
Name: 
Christopher Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
02/14/2018
Artist: 
Charli XCX
Label: 
Asylum

I don't know about anyone else, but in my own opinion pop music is sort of hitting a slump. Pop princesses like Katy Perry are putting out mediocre albums, once novel artists like Ed Sheeran fall prey to over-worked trends, and even Taylor Swift feels the need to be edgy and push back against what people have pigeonholed her as in the past.

Sounds Like: 
Dark Carly Rae Jepsen
Sounds Like: 
Lorde (a la Melodrama)
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
01/31/2018
Artist: 
Devin Dawson
Label: 
Warner Bros.

Devin Dawson's single "All On Me" sounds like he tried to mix Ed Sheeran and Tim McGraw. This song is perfect for pop lovers and new age country. It has influences of old country but definitely has the fun, synthesized sound that new pop music has. This song is fantastic for people who are really into Ed Sheeran because of the sentimental and love filled lyrics. Good for radio and easy on the ears, Devin Dawson has a very calming and easy going voice. He easily sounds like a boy band sensation mixed with traditional Nashville sounds.

Sounds Like: 
new age country
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
12/11/2017
Artist: 
Flo Rida (feat. Maluma)
Label: 
Atlantic

¡Hola! After kicking off 2017 with the release of “Cake” (then becoming the first American rapper to own a juice company) Flo Rida is back with a new single, teasing the release of his forthcoming, currently-untitled fifth album with “Hola”.

Sounds Like: 
Radio pop
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
12/11/2017
Artist: 
CCFX
Label: 
DFA Records

This is the debut album by CCFX. It contains four songs, all of which are soft, retro pop. 

Sounds Like: 
Lush kinda
Sounds Like: 
dream pop
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
11/28/2017
Artist: 
Kelly Clarkson
Label: 
Atlantic Records

I'm going to start this review with a universal, basic truth: if you refuse to listen to textbook, chart-topping pop such as Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, or Carly Rae Jepsen out of some kind of misinformed hipster sense of superiority, you are deeply depriving yourself. Because this kind of music is awesome, and we are living in a great era for it. Despite the less than organic start to her musical career, Clarkson has spent a bit over a decade exploring various pop stylings and utilitizing her amazing voice on a myriad of different  records, some good, some terrible.

Sounds Like: 
Miley Cyrus, but like good Miley Cyrus when she does the "Jolene" cover
Sounds Like: 
Adele
Name: 
Will Fotter
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Sam Smith
Label: 
Universal Music Operations Limited

Sam Smith has achieved a near-pinnacle of heartfelt pop in his new album, “The Thrill of It All.” His success is trackable in Top 40s lists from the past several years; you may remember his feature on Disclosure’s

Sounds Like: 
Adele
Sounds Like: 
Every feeling you've ever felt told back to you by a genius lyricist
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Nick Heyward
Label: 
Gladsome Hawk

In Nick Heyward’s new album, "Woodland Echoes" he gives listeners a sound that creates an uplifting new take on classic sounds that have various instruments with an indie vibe to it. In his song "Mountain Top", Heyward’s voice resembles closely to that of Paul McCartney with an uppity pop guitar sound that mixes well along with a perfect country fiddle solo that makes you feel like you’re listening to a classic rock song released in the 60s.

Sounds Like: 
John Lennon
Sounds Like: 
Paul McCarney
Name: 
Miles Schuk Ehler
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2017
Artist: 
Sam-C
Label: 
Sam-C

 

Sounds Like: 
Wale
Sounds Like: 
Jidenna
Name: 
Sophia Courtney
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2017

Oui

Artist: 
Camille
Label: 
Because Music

Camille Dalmais is a French singer with radiating vocals and a clattering, layered style. “OUÏ” is in both French and English with a heavier emphasis on the former, using English mostly as sample or as jarring introduction.

Sounds Like: 
Pauline Croze
Sounds Like: 
Laurine Darmon
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2017
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