Pop Music

Anna Nalick – At Now (2017)

Anna Nalick – At Now (2017)

Anna Nalick’s vulnerable, touching ‘At Now’ breaks down the barriers to human emotion, telling her story through song.

Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues (2017)

Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues (2017)

You can’t help but wonder how great this would have been if Maroon 5 more consistently rose above the easy expectations of their fans and these times.

Toto, “Alone” from 40 Trips Around the Sun (2018): One Track Mind

Toto, “Alone” from 40 Trips Around the Sun (2018): One Track Mind

The initial single from Toto’s upcoming retrospective set ’40 Trips Around the Sun’ has a hint of familiarity, and that’s not too surprising.

Beck – Colors (2017)

Beck – Colors (2017)

In typical fashion, the follow up to 2014’s somber ‘Morning Phase’ is perhaps Beck’s most upbeat and funky album to date.

Pink – Beautiful Trauma (2017)

Pink – Beautiful Trauma (2017)

As usual, Pink doesn’t shy away from the spotlight, controversy and speaking her mind. The issue here is how these songs are presented.

Rachel Platten – Waves (2017)

Rachel Platten – Waves (2017)

‘Waves’ arrives on the heels of Rachel Platten’s success with 2015’s “Fight Song,” an anthem of empowerment and strength.

A-ha – MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice (2017)

A-ha – MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice (2017)

‘MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice’ features a beautifully reworked version of A-ha’s breakout hit “Take on Me,” but there’s much more to recommend here.

Noah Jack, “Neighborhood” (2017): One Track Mind

Noah Jack, “Neighborhood” (2017): One Track Mind

The things that an autistic person like Noah Jack can achieve can astound you. Listening to “Neighborhood” is all the proof you need of that.

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

Michael McDonald – Wide Open (2017)

‘Wide Open’ may well be Michael McDonald’s most musically dense and compelling studio project – and that’s saying something.

Walter Becker of Steely Dan (1950-2017): An Appreciation

Walter Becker of Steely Dan (1950-2017): An Appreciation

Walter Becker’s death invites a renewed appreciation of the unique contributions to music by Steely Dan.

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