Thoughts: Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”


 Sam Smith sets the tone for highly anticipated debut In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith • “Stay With Me” • In The Lonely Hour • Capitol • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 (album) Okay, let’s get this out of the way first; Sam Smith seems to be pop music’s next big thing. The 22-year…

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…

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 3 (#50 – 26)


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 2 (#75 – 51)


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…

Justin Bieber Looks for a Fix on “Change Me”


Justin Bieber – “Change Me” – Single – Label: Island – US Release Date: December 2, 2013 “Girl I’m ready if you’re ready now / oh, as I’m ever gonna be / if you’re with it then I’m with it now / to accept all responsibility…I don’t wanna be the same…” Whoa!  For his most recent installment of…

10 Memorable Tracks from November


Need ten jams to spin? Here’s my list of ten of November 2013’s hottest joints! 1)  Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly, “Do What U Want” (ARTPOP) “Applause” may have been a bust of sorts, but Gaga got herself together with the help of one of R&B’s most salacious presences, R. Kelly.  Playing on words, “Do What…

Review: The Killers, ‘Direct Hits’


Direct Hits reminds us how great The Killers have been and are… The Killers⎪ Direct Hits ⎪Island⎪⎪ US Release: November 11, 2013 Is it just me, or does it seem that artists and bands release their greatest hits compilations (or sometimes a holiday album) when their careers are at a transitional point?  For The Killers,…

Justin Bieber Has a “Bad Day” (Music Mondays)


Justin Bieber’s “Bad Day” doesn’t ‘derail’ him too badly…  Justin Bieber⎪ “Bad Day” ⎪Island ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 4, 2013 Well, Justin Bieber is at it again… He’s had a “Bad Day” this time apparently, per his latest #MusicMondays single.  As always, there are pros and cons.  Surprisingly, the pros outweigh the cons here,…