Highlights: Depeche Mode, ‘Spirit’


Electronic rock band Depeche Mode successfully ignite the revolution on its latest tour de force, ‘Spirit.’ Epic describes the morally, socially, and politically-charged LP.

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Complete!


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 1 (#100 – 76)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 50 (+1) Best Albums of 2013


Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses.  2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed,…

Chart Moves: Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne, Blake Shelton, OneRepublic


Timberlake’s ‘Experience’ Keeps On Shinin’ As expected, Justin Timberlake keeps no. 1 locked down, despite releases from the likes of  Lil Wayne (I Am Not A Human Being II), Blake Shelton (Based On A True Story), Alan Jackson (Precious Memories: Volume II), OneRepublic (Native), and Depeche Mode (Delta Machine).  Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience  sold a whopping 968,000 copies last week (Justin Timberlake Starts Atop Billboard…

2013 First Quarter Music Awards: Anyone REALLY Stand Out?


January, February and March make up the first quarter of the year.  Musically, the first quarter is much slower than the fourth quarter (October – December), in which the holiday season propels large sales numbers. January is the slowest of the three months of the quarter, while February gets a spike from the Grammys, and…