Tag Archives: Albums (2013)

My Pazz and Jop ballot: albums and singles

As anyone who gives a damn waits for the Village Voice to upload The Whole Thing, you can read stats here, including my raw ballot. Album Paramore · Paramore Ashley Monroe · Like a Rose M.I.A. · Matangi Superchunk · … Continue reading

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Carl Wilson re “Royals”: “a classic boho solution and sometimes a life-saving one”

Carl Wilson: Lorde’s critics, meanwhile, practice Internet gotcha criticism (so it’s snarky, too) when they pounce on the first line of the chorus of “Royals” for its invocation of black-pop tropes—“Every song’s like, gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the … Continue reading

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Best of 2013 – Dress rehearsal

The finalists inn rough chronological order. The placing will come in the next few days. I know my #1 though. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob My Bloody Valentine – m b v The Mavericks – In Time The Men – … Continue reading

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She’s not your superwoman: K Michelle

K Michelle – Rebellious Soul Straightforward, devastatingly so. The performance that grabbed me is “I Don’t Like Me,” in which K Michelle regards the man she just had sex with asleep in her bed and wishes “it” was more. The … Continue reading

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Best R&B radio hits of 2013: Shipley edition.

Al Shipley posts his twenty best R&B radio hits of 2013. I like “Body Party” “Suit and Tie,” and “Without Me” less than he does, but persuaded me to give Sevyn Streeter f/ Chris Brown’s “It Won’t Stop (Remix)” another … Continue reading

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It’s hard being Lily Allen

While Lorde’s “Royals” sits at number one for a seventh week, along comes an English singer whose success at home translates to cult status stateside. I liked Lily Allen’s first album and treasure her appearance on Dizzee Rascal’s “Wanna Be.” … Continue reading

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Expecting too much: Charles Pierce

Regular HTV readers know my admiration for Charles Pierce, whom I cite at least once a week. He’s the funniest American political columnist. If all you did was read “What Are the Gobshites Saying These Days,” his roundups of the … Continue reading

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Everyone asks if they’re okay: Sky Ferreira, Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga – Artpop. At the moment when the marketplace demands the most radical shape-shifting of her career she hires the most EDM-steeped collaborators or sticks to her tried and true. In the context of chart music “art pop” is … Continue reading

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Brandy Clark and the gay prism

In a otherwise estimable feature Brandy Clark makes this deluded statement: Like [Shane] McAnally, Clark is openly gay, but says her sexuality has no bearing on her approach. “I don’t write songs for straight people or gay people or black … Continue reading

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Brandy Clark’s 12 Songs

Brandy Clark – 12 Songs. A singer-songwriter, sigh: the anonymous fills, strings, and unemphatic backing serve the material, which after Four The Record and Same Trailer Different Park is as thoughtful and lived-in as expectations suggested but not galvanizing. Making … Continue reading

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Reviews: Pusha T, Pearl Jam

Pusha T – My Name is My Name “Might have broke a heart or two but gave an honest effort/My nonchalant attitude is always eff it,” Pusha rasps on “40 Acres,” and for a third of his first official release … Continue reading

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On Cass McCombs

I wanted to love Cass McCombs’ Big Wheel and Others because I love “County Line,” but the guy’s got a head full of Georgia O’Keefe and D.H. Lawrence filtered through received ideas about the West, and his melodic sense lags. … Continue reading

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