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Jack White, Boarding House Reach « Musical Wrap-Up


The Musical Wrap-Up closes another file as we compile the album and single reviews in one place for ‘Boarding House Reach,’ the third solo album from 12-time Grammy winner, Jack White. Continue reading Jack White, Boarding House Reach « Musical Wrap-Up

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Who Should Win Grammys: Winning Predictions Before Nominations!


Grammy nominations haven’t even occurred yet, but in my mind, there are scenarios already brewing. After looking at the categories and looking back over the year, here are some key categories and who I think will come out on top. Yeah, this is a dumb post as there are no nominations yet, but at least it’s a fun dumb post that has some realistic possibilities. … Continue reading Who Should Win Grammys: Winning Predictions Before Nominations!

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57th Annual Grammys Scorecard (Take 2…)


The official cut-off date for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is September 30, 2014. The end of September is filled with albums that are certainly looking to compete for music’s most prestigious awards. That said, there are also notable albums released after last year’s cutoff date that can’t be written off. From my perspective, here are among the best available albums within a number … Continue reading 57th Annual Grammys Scorecard (Take 2…)

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Best Available: 57th Annual Grammys Scorecard


The official cut-off date for eligibility for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards is September 30, 2014. The end of September is filled with albums that are certainly looking to compete for music’s most prestigious awards. That said, there are also notable albums released after last year’s cutoff date that can’t be written off. From my perspective, here are among the best available albums within a … Continue reading Best Available: 57th Annual Grammys Scorecard

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Mock Grammys – in July!


Beyoncé, Beyoncé

It’s July, but it is never too early to predict which artists/albums might be nominated for Grammys come December. 2014 has some strong candidates for the big categories, but there is also plenty of uncertainty, meaning that albums released late within the eligibility period could very well ‘change the game.’ But as of July, see brentmusicreviews.com Mock Grammys.

Record of the Year

Pharrell Williams, G I R L

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

“All of Me,” John Legend

“Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus / “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

“Happy,” Pharrell Williams*

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

So far in 2014, a big-time rock record seems to be missing. Often, a rock (or alternative) record comes out victorious in this category. Urban records don’t usually win here, but some of the more notable records as of yet come by way of urban/pop artists. If this were the field, Pharrell Williams would be hard to bet against, with competition from Sam Smith. Legend is more suited for the “song” field.

Another note, you could make a strong argument for Ariana Grande’s inclusion with hit “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea. However, it seems unlikely Iggy Azalea would be nominated for both singles, and “Fancy” has mad more history on the charts.

Album of the Year

Pharrell Williams, G I R L

Beyoncé, Beyoncé

Jack White, Lazaretto

Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

Pharrell Williams, G I R L*

Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

There are a couple of albums omitted in the mock field that could be considered for various reasons with The Black Keys’ Turn Blue, Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, Katy Perry’s Prism, the Frozen Soundtrack, and Miranda Lambert’s Platinum among them. Honestly, Lambert’s album could knock one of the pop/urban artists out of the running – just depends on how voters see it. Additionally, once more, The Black Keys and Jack White could compete for the album of the year. There are also some long shots, also in the country field (Eric Church’s The Outsiders and Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am).

Based on this way-too-early field, Pharrell Williams’ G I R L could be a favorite, given how much of an impact he’s had between both 2013 and 2014. Still, Beyoncé’s self-titled album was a juggernaut, not to mention the buzz that surrounded Sam Smith’s In That Lonely Hour. G I R L wins now, but not by much.

Song of the Year

John Legend, Love in the Future

“Let It Go,” Idina Menzel

“All of Me,” John Legend*

“Happy,” Pharrell Williams

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

“Say Something,” A Great Big World

The songs category is usually reserved for ‘songs’ that stand out as opposed to records. However, remember that year that Beyoncé strangely won in this category for “Single Ladies” (it should’ve been considered for ‘record of the year’). This year, finding songs that have impacted audiences with some substance is difficult.

Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is well written, but lyrically, it isn’t the most complex number. John Legend seems like a shoe-in for a nomination and potential win, depending on if they deem “All of Me” itself eligible.

Best New Artist

Sam Smith*

August Alsina

Brantley Gilbert

Jhené Aiko

Choose a fifth nominee…

Two artists stand out in this mock field – Sam Smith and August Alsina. Likely, Smith would win if this were the real-deal. Scratch the “likely,” he WOULD win.

Continue reading “Mock Grammys – in July!”

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The Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)


Numerous albums have been released in 2014.  That said, finding the true gems of the year means separating the best from the worst and the truly elite from the best.  It was no easy task, but below you’ll find the link to my best estimation (so far) of “The 25 Best Albums of 2014.”  Make sure you check it out, exclusively on Starpulse! The 25 … Continue reading The Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

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Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ the Bright Spot in Slow Sales Week


In what ended up being a painfully slow sales week, Jack White’s Lazaretto was the only new album to debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart this week.  According to billboard.com, White sold 138,000 copies of Lazaretto, which easily outpaced the second place album – last weeks top debuting LP Platinum (Miranda Lambert).  Otherwise, the charts are dead this week. Next week … Continue reading Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ the Bright Spot in Slow Sales Week

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Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ is the Only Album That Sold More Than 100,000 Copies


 Miranda Lambert’s time has come – to debut atop the Billboard 200 Albums Chart that is!  Lambert’s latest LP, Platinum easily outclassed the competition (which was little mind you) selling 180,000 copies.  After a sub-100K sales week courtesy of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories last week (83,000 copies) that was shockingly good enough to keep the set number one, Lambert takes the crown this week with more … Continue reading Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ is the Only Album That Sold More Than 100,000 Copies

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Music Shopping List: Albums to Consider Purchasing June 10th, 2014


Last week, the music world received new offerings from the likes of Miranda Lambert (Platinum) and a comeback from 50 Cent (Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win). This week, June 10th, 2014, the sole gargantuan offering comes from former White Stripes front man Jack White, who releases his second solo album Lazaretto. Otherwise, new release Tuesday is filled with a variety of different artists releasing … Continue reading Music Shopping List: Albums to Consider Purchasing June 10th, 2014

Review: ‘Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film: The Great Gatsby’


Various Artists ⎢Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film: The Great Gatsby ⎢Water Tower / Interscope ⎢US Release Date: May 7, 2013 Constructing a soundtrack that not only creates a solid musical backdrop for the film as well as doubling as an enjoyable compilation is no easy task.  Because of this, soundtracks themselves often get mixed reviews, even if they more than execute there purpose in the … Continue reading Review: ‘Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film: The Great Gatsby’