Review: Phillip Phillips, ‘Behind the Light’


Phillips takes a step forward on his sophomore LP, though nothing supplants “Home” Phillip Phillips • Behind the Light • 19 / Interscope • US Release Date: May 19, 2014 “Searchlight” opens Behind the Light abruptly and somewhat indistinctly.  The folk rumination kicks off the track, instantly channeling Phillips’ “Home”and of course one ubiquitous Mumford…

Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing May 19, 2014


May continues to eclipse the new album release output of April. The week of May 13 was filled with several highly decorated releases. The off-cycle release date of Monday May 19, 2014 is no different, with several notable releases at the top. The biggest release – likely Coldplay’s highly anticipated Ghost Stories, the band’s sixth…

Review: Michael Jackson, ‘Xscape’


Xscape proves to be a ‘much better than expected’ posthumous MJ album Michael Jackson • Xscape • Epic • US Release Date: May 13, 2014 “Couldn’t have said it better myself!” – my thoughts on another new Michael Jackson album that is, as excerpted from a previous post:  “Let’s not kid ourselves at all here…

Review: Lykke Li, ‘I Never Learn’


 Lykke Li third album, I Never Learn, brilliantly captures heartbreak  Lykke Li • I Never Learn • Atlantic • US Release Date: May 6, 2014 Love and heartbreak are a universal topic, regardless of what place or walk of life you come from. Crafting the perfect or near-perfect heartbreak album, then, shouldn’t be a difficult…

Could Mariah Carey’s New Album Flop?


Years ago, the notion that one of today’s most gifted, preeminent artists could release an album that could potentially ‘flop’ would have been laughable – absurd.  However, as R&B/pop diva Mariah Carey continually prolonged her long-awaited follow-up to the underperforming, oddly titled Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, one has to wonder if the album even…