10 of the Best Underrated Albums of 2014


Some albums have huge buzz surrounding them, such as Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories or Brantley Gilbert‘s Just As I Am, both among the most successful albums of 2014. Others, like this list of 10 albums, weren’t nearly as highly touted, underperforming despite their quality or massive potential. Some of the names appearing on the list are…

Shakira Settles For No. 2 as ‘Frozen’ Keeps The Top Spot Warm


On the Billboard 200 Albums Chart this week, multiple new albums graced the top ten.  Unfortunately for them, not were able to take down reigning champ Frozen Soundtrack, which once more sells six figures (161,000 copies) according to Billboard.  The new releases underperformed where numbers are concerned, keeping Frozen easily ahead of them. Frozen, led…

Playlist: Favorite Songs From March Album Releases


March was a rich month for music releases.  After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout.  Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album).  After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a…

Review: Shakira, ‘Shakira.’


Shakira. is a sound, enjoyable effort, misses a “Hips Don’t Lie” caliber hit Shakira • Shakira • RCA • US Release Date: March 25, 2014 Latin-pop star Shakira returns following a five-year hiatus between English-language albums (she released Spanish album Sale el Sol in October 2010).  2009 LP She Wolf was Shakira’s previous album of…

Can’t Just “Let It Go”: Frozen Soundtrack Is No. 1 Once More


After six non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 Albums Charts, the Frozen Soundtrack makes it a seventh week at the penthouse. This week, Frozen rallies to sell a gargantuan 202,000 copies. I guess folks just can’t “Let It Go” – bad joke, I know.  I’d say that the release of the album to DVD/Blu-ray/Digital likely…

Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider on March 25, 2014


As March is nearing its completion, the final release week of the month has numerous album possibilities to add to one’s collection.  A posthumous release from a country legend, one cool pop-duo (with some other styles involved), and a powerhouse, inspirational half of a contemporary gospel-duo. Phew – what a mouthful! Check out the following…