1 – Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye – The Police redux and a huge winner for Gotye who couldn’t really follow it up, and Kimbra, who couldn’t follow it up either. Consider it the “Budapest” of 2012 – C+
2 – Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen – A cultural phenomenon at the time, and Carly can’t replicate it because it can’t be done twice. It really, really, really, really can’t – B+
3 – We Are Young – fun. feat Janelle Monea – The perfect meeting of Nate’s Great American songbook jones and Jack’s power pop gooeyness – A
4 – Payphone – Maroon 5 – What <aroon 5 can do is make it appear easy even when the toil of 100s go into every song, including this catchy nugget – B+
5 – Lights – Ellie Goulding – After opening for Katy Perry, Ellie made her move – B
6 – Glad You Came – The Wanted – Playing the Clash to One Direction’s Sez Pistols, they bought leather jackets and clipped 1D to the finish line – B-
7 – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson – The blueprint for the next three years, country meets dance beats – B
8 – We Found Love – Calvin Harris And Rihanna – Changed the landscape of modern EDM. It’s influence can’t be overstated as MOR pop met beats for not the first but for the best time. Influenced everyone – A
9 – Starships – Nicki Minaj – The most appealing song she has ever put her name to, it is poppier than all get out and everything the tediously glum Pinkprint isn’t – B+
10 – What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction – The girls worship this because it is the right thing to say to them, though the song itself could be better – B
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1985 (Volume 17, Number 1)
Creem, at this point, seemed to be looking for new feeding hands to bite.
US Top Ten Albums Tracking 3-10-23 – 3-16-23
a potential top album of the year.
Dawes At Beacon Theatre, Saturday, March 18th, 2023, Reviewed
Refreshingly honest and considerate
Sneak Peaks: Upcoming New Albums 3-24-23 – 3-30-23
can they survive an entire album?
L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks March 20th To 26Th
Fleet Foxes are at the Belasco on Wednesday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1985 (Volume 16, Number 12)
highlighting hair metal bands simply to make fun of them was more amusing than profitable
UK Top 10 Albums 3-17-23 – 3-23-23
In the US, Morgan will be pushing Miley out in a week or two but in the UK…?
A Superhero For Late Night TV Is On The Way
On his way to save the day… and the night
Robert Smith Is Fighting The Good Fight: Will Scalpers Always Find A Way?
How is Vividseats able to get around this technical problem?
Taylor Swift Began Her Latest World Tour Yesterday in Arizona… Here is the setlist
she really underrepresented her first ten years