Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it does.

10. DAYSTAR — Tory Lanez

I really wanted to put this lower, I really did, but then I remember: there’s really no argument to be made about the quality of the music on DAYSTAR, because all anyone cares about is the fact that Tory Lanez shot Megan Thee Stallion, then thought this was a…

How I learned to accept our new Korean overlords

The next decade will tell us plenty about the long-term cultural ramifications of COVID-19, but one thing was sped up into full gear — the death of terrestrial radio as a pure indicator of pop supremacy.

Since 2020 resulted in many big-time pop releases being pushed back or delayed, listening…

It’s exactly who you think it is!

25. CALIGULA — Lingua Ignota

This album is not an easy listen; a violent, slow, creeping doom permeates everything on CALIGULA, mixing baroque, electronica, black metal, and a thrashing wall of sound. Beneath all of this anger and spite is the real reflections of an abusive relationship that Kristin Hayter, the lead of this…

The Bottle is Ready to Blow…

10. Bad Habits — NAV

Enchanting…

There is a difference between being laid back, and completely disengaged. While it’s easy to call Nav yet another in the vein of Gunna or Lil Baby as disciples of Young Thug, Young Thug at least has some personality. Nav is completely devoid of this, and he unleashed 16…

What the hell is pop music anymore, anyway?

The biggest star in pop music in 2019 is an 18 year old girl, performing songs she composed when she was 16, that evokes the soundtrack to Winnie the Pooh’s “Heffalumps and Woozles” scene rather than what fits the trends of modern radio-ready sounds.

Yeah, I’m confused.

2019 was a…

Proving how hipster I am, in a one-song-too-long playlist

On pure volume, this year, I committed myself to listening to as much as I could possibly handle; by the time we reached December, the typical point in the year that new releases stop in favor of Christmas music ad nauseam, I still had nearly 900 songs in consideration for…

My musical conscience eating itself alive

25. Dirty Computer — Janelle Monae

I’m very torn on this album. Dirty Computer has been a critical smash (even if it only bubbled under the radar of mainstream success), and nobody can say Janelle Monae didn’t push an impressive output for this LP. Maybe I’m skewed by Monae’s prior outputs, which seemed to lean…

Thanks, I Hate It.

10. AMERICA — Thirty Seconds to Mars

What do I even do with this?

Jared Leto had a fierce campaign, pushing AMERICA as an artistic journey and conceptual album, but he missed a very key point; it’s not, you know, good. Thirty Seconds to Mars was never a truly groundbreaking act, but at the very least they…

A Brief Inquiry on Online Music Charts Wrecking Pop Forever

For 2017, I started this blog with a tagline: “The Year Rap Stole Pop’s Lunch Money”.

Turns out I was a year off; 2018 was that year. 51 of the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 were either directly by hip-hop artists, or included rap verses, which, discounting the latin, R&B, or…

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