Mosaic / Music / Reviews / October 10, 2012

Popular music in review

Top of the charts:

For the week of Sept. 29, P!nk’s sixth studio album “The Truth About Love” debuted as the number one album in the country, making it the pop princess’ first number one album. The fifteen track album (iTunes version) included hit singles like “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” and “Try” — both of which did fairly well on the Billboard charts. After carefully listening to this album, I would say it’s a good mix of pop, R ‘n’ B and rock songs. P!nk does a good job and proves that she is indeed still relevant today.
Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music compilation album “Cruel Summer” (which features various artists signed to G.O.O.D Music and their affiliates) debuted at number two on the charts. The album consisted of the hit songs “Mercy” and “Clique,” which have been doing very well on the charts and radio. The album is by far shorter than we expected, and unfortunately most of the best songs were already previously released. However, it was a good effort.

New singles to look out for:
  1. “Live While We’re Young” — One Direction

The young British boy-band is back again with the first single of their sophomore album, and I must say it’s another hit: already very radio-friendly. This would be a good song to party or do something crazy to.

  1. “Diamonds” — Rihanna

Rihanna is almost ready to serve her seventh studio album. She recently released the first single, “Diamonds.” It’s very different from her previous work and it is commendable how she continues to re-invent herself with every new album she puts out. This song will definitely motivate you, especially when you’re stressed about school work or other young-adult problems you might face.

  1. “Skyfall” — Adele

The very talented Adele has released the theme song for the new “Bond” movie. It’s currently the number one single on iTunes. Definitely a song you can study to — it had a calming effect on me.

  1. “Die Young” — Ke$ha

If you love Ke$ha, you’ll go nuts to this single. The song is very infectious and would make you want to head to the dance floor just as most of her previous singles have. Another fun/party song to add to your playlist or iPod.

  1. “I Knew You Were Trouble” — Taylor Swift

The young country singer has put out about four singles from her upcoming album “RED,” which have ruled the charts and radio. For this new single, Swift tries out a different style from her usual country songs. “I Knew You Were Trouble” is experimenting with rock/pop and dub step sounds, which I must say was a good move. The song is very catchy and will be as successful as her first single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” I would recommend listening to this while driving in a car or working out. You can dance to it as well. Her fan core may have negative comments towards the single, but I predict this album will be her most diverse work.

New albums to look out for:

  1. “Kaleidoscope Dream” — Miguel

This is by far one of the more soulful albums I’ve heard. Singles like “Adorn” and “Do You…” are extraordinary. It’s a lovely addition to the classic R ‘n’ B albums. I would say it’s an album you listen to when you just want to chill and really enjoy music.

  1. “Babel” — Mumford & Sons

The band recorded “Babel” on the road while touring. The songs are like novellas, with emotional development and dramatic arcs. This is their sophomore album and it shows a lot of depth all-around. This album is predicted to debut at number one on the Billboard charts this coming week.

  1. “The 2nd Law” — Muse

An album filled with different styles, a sequel to their 2009 album The Resistance.

  1. “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album (Part 1”) — Lupe Fiasco

One of the most conscious and controversial MCs in the game delivers a follow-up to his previous album “Food & Liquor.” He touches on heavy subjects and sticks to his undeniable flow. Definitely one to get you thinking.

Ema Bassey

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