Pop

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
Artist: 
Poppy
Label: 
Mad Decent

"Interweb", "Computer Boy", and "Let's Make A Video" are three of the synth-pop tracks off of Poppy's album "Poppy.Computer." With her high-pitch angelic voice and glittery pop vibes to match, Poppy is a living bubble gum pop, pastel blog. The themes of Poppy's songs are always based off of the connection our generation has to technology and how that can create artificial connections and happiness. All of the songs sound rather similar in terms of tone. The beats are all up-lifting with synths and house vibes.

Sounds Like: 
KYARY PAMYU PAMYU - Sweet girl voices with glittery pop synths (also similar aesthetics in music videos)
Sounds Like: 
Marina and the Diamonds - Pastel, pastel goth influences like "Electra Heart"
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
10/10/2017
Artist: 
What So Not ft. LPX
Label: 
Self-Released

In one of his most recent original releases, Emoh presents What So Not's "Better" at his headlining in coachello, demonstrating the beuty of his collaboration with LPX, and giving the listener a good idea of what's to come. He informs interviewers that there are more features on his album release, and if the album is anything like this single release, it's something to look forward to.

Sounds Like: 
RL Grime
Sounds Like: 
Dillon Francis
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2017

EGO

Artist: 
RAC
Label: 
Counter Records

Every track has a unique sound yet they are all so appealing to the ear. Even though this is an RPM album, it has a good balance of electronic elements as well as traditional pop-band instruments and classical instruments. The tracks average over 4 minutes long, and I noticed that when you think the song is over, the track continues with a mix/tune/beat that doesn't quite match the rest of the song... so it might be a bit strange when playing it on your show.

Sounds Like: 
Weezer
Sounds Like: 
Two Door Cinema Club
Sounds Like: 
Vampire Weekend
Name: 
Hibah Ilyas
Date Reviewed: 
10/03/2017
Artist: 
Eliana Cuevas
Label: 
Alma Records

Eliana Cuevas’s album is a celebration of her birth country, Venezuela. The album is filled with Afro-Venezuelan beats, which makes you want to dance, even when the lyrics may not. Eliana has a very clear, strong voice that carries over the rhythms. It is really refreshing to listen to. Her lyrics all convey a message of empowerment and freedom. The album is fun overall, especially if you like Latin Jazz. 

Sounds Like: 
Tia Brazda
Sounds Like: 
Tango Guerillas
Sounds Like: 
Jessica Lalonde
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2017
Artist: 
Dua Lipa // Pink Panda
Label: 
Pink Panda

"New Rules" by Dua Lipa is an instant jam, so much so that its various (and multifarious) remixes either up the already heightened ante or else fall completely flat. The Pink Panda Remix starts off fairly lackluster, a very basic twangy beat that lasts 15 seconds before Dua Lipa's voice layers in just as it normally does in the original song. The remix stays pretty steady with that same beat until the chorus, when it peaks with a more subtle, electro beat.

Sounds Like: 
Garage Band
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
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