Everyone says we are in an age of singles and have been since what, napster? That's fine, but there are some truly excellent ALBUMS out. Well thought out, perfectly sequenced, cohesive full albums in pop right now, get into it children.
The best of course being the amazing achievement of UNBREAKABLE.
The whole thing is damn near perfect, I struggle to find a song I'd cut (maybe "Promise"?) ... Every other song I ADORE, especially, Morning, Take Me Away, Damn Baby, 2 Be Loved, Shoulda Known, Great Forever, shoot, just the whole thing. I'm so fascinated by this album cycle, she has done zero promo, zero interviews, barely any videos, there is just ZERO thirst in Janet's game and that is a first for a legacy release. Mads and Mariah please take note, you can still make a mature thoughtful CD and hit #1.
I once said to RuPaul, the debut Tamar Braxton is Whitney Houston level amazing, and he didn't slap my face, so I'm going to go out on a limb again and say, Tamar is giving me Whitney level AGAIN, or certainly early Mariah level brilliance on this sophomore CD. At first listen, I didnt totally get it, and we are so trained to think of the 'sophomore slump' as inevitable, but I kept with it, listened on repeat for days and truly understood what she was going for and it's worth your time R&B fans. Standouts: Catfish, Coming Home, Angels and Demons, Broken Record, S.O.N., Must Be Good To Me, again hard to find a song I don't love!
Feels funky to put Selena after those two, but I am REALLY feeling this CD. It's no Carly Rae, but damn is it trying to be and mostly SUCCEEDING! Start with Sober, Cologne, Same Old Love, Nobody, and Outta My Hands. You're gonna need to listen without prejudice, but if you can, you wont be disappointed.
Had a dark day and played this on repeat for 8 hours straight. What, you don't do that? Anyway, Taylor + Ryan = Bruce Springsteen, and that's OK! Start with This Love, All You Had To Do, I Wish You Would, Bad Blood (better than original IMO) and Clean. The whole collection reminds me of 90s REM too, which is really exciting in 2015 pop landscape. I know Ryan is not a pop artist, but because this is Taylor he is going to appeal to a pop crowd and that's a really great thing, Wouldn't surprise me if this ushered in a resurgence of art rock in the top 40.