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Banks’ ‘The Altar’: Album Review

The singer’s sophomore effort is a solid one.

Stephen Sears | September 30, 2016 - 8:44 am

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s ‘Familia’: Album Review

The British singer returns with an album on her own label, made on her own terms.

Stephen Sears | September 4, 2016 - 9:04 am

Shura’s ‘Nothing’s Real’: Album Review

This summer’s best slice of synth-pop.

Stephen Sears | July 8, 2016 - 8:30 am

Tegan And Sara’s ‘Love You To Death’: Album Review

The duo stick with the synth-pop they explored on Heartthrob.

Stephen Sears | June 3, 2016 - 8:00 am

All Saints’ ‘Red Flag’: Album Review

The British girl group returns 10 years later with a mature, refreshing new sound.

Stephen Sears | April 8, 2016 - 9:10 am

Gwen Stefani’s ‘This Is What The Truth Feels Like’: Album Review

Truth proves a decade later, Gwen is still America’s ageless pop sweetheart.

Stephen Sears | March 18, 2016 - 8:00 am

St. Lucia’s ‘Matter’: Album Review

Matter mines the 1980s. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Stephen Sears | January 29, 2016 - 8:40 am

Madonna’s ‘Confessions On A Dance Floor’ Turns 10: Backtracking

Ten years ago, Madonna released her strobe-ready New Millennium masterpiece.

Stephen Sears | November 11, 2015 - 8:15 am

Scissor Sisters’ Debut Album Turns 10, Babydaddy Discusses: Backtracking

“Another kind of love.” A passing phrase in “Better Luck Next Time,” one of eleven tracks on Scissor Sisters’ multimillion-selling debut album. Another kind of love is what the band brought to pop culture in 2004. Stories of club life, sex, freedom… taking your mother on the town to get her “jacked up on some…

Stephen Sears | February 3, 2014 - 5:39 am

Goldfrapp’s ‘Tales Of Us’: Album Review

Always anticipate a sharp turn from Goldfrapp. The UK duo of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory has an illustrious record of bringing a new sound to each release. They’ve jumped from grinding glam pop to Gary Numan-esque new wave to pastoral English folktronica. Not quite a concept album, Tales of Us (out today,

Stephen Sears | September 10, 2013 - 6:15 am

Popping Up: Tesla Boy

Popping Up is our recurring look at new artists making noise on the music landscape. Because, hey — Madonna and Britney were once unknown, too.

At Idolator, we’re keeping tabs on a new breed of artists making cool indie synthpop from all points on the globe: Johannesberg’s Jean-Philip Grobler (aka St. Lucia); London’s…

Stephen Sears | September 9, 2013 - 6:14 am

Madonna Turns 55: Celebrate By Revisiting Her 10 Best TV Performances

Madonna doesn’t do live TV much, does she? The Queen has sort of drip-fed us Major Moments over the years. Appearances at benefits or awards shows have always whipped the wannabes into a girlgonewild frenzy: What color will her hair be? What will she wear? Will she show her nipples? What life lessons can we

Stephen Sears | August 16, 2013 - 5:38 am

Janet Jackson’s ‘janet.’ Turns 20: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

“We had the kind of night where morning comes too soon…” So goes the seductive spoken intro that launched Janet Jackson’s fifth album, janet. — that’s…

Stephen Sears | May 20, 2013 - 5:16 am

Little Boots’ ‘Nocturnes’: Album Review

The media narrative on Victoria “Little Boots” Hesketh’s sophomore album, the one in which an artist gets pushed down by the heavy hand of the modern music industry…that story ends here. Because it doesn’t matter. In a year, no one will remember the delays or the lengths to which Hesketh went to make…

Stephen Sears | May 7, 2013 - 5:30 am

Madonna’s ‘Ray Of Light’ Turns 15: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

When Madonna arrived at a Los Angeles studio in summer 1997, ready to record what would become Ray Of Light, her seventh album of original material,…

Stephen Sears | March 4, 2013 - 5:30 am

Madonna’s ‘Erotica’ Turns 20: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

If anyone in the last 30 years of American music knows how to grind artistic vision against the pop marketplace, it’s Madonna. But the fall of…

Stephen Sears | October 19, 2012 - 5:45 am

R.E.M.’s ‘Automatic For The People’ Turns 20: Backtracking

Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.

One measure of a band’s staying power is how they weather the ebb and flow of trends in popular music. Mainstream radio listeners didn’t yet know…

Stephen Sears | October 5, 2012 - 6:00 am

Whitney Houston’s 10 Best Songs That Were Left Off Her New ‘Best Of’

On November 12, RCA will release a new Whitney Houston hits CD called I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston. When the 18 tracks were announced, debates began over which singles didn’t make the cut. Message boards lit up, press-on nails were chewed off and it basically seemed confounding that at least…

Stephen Sears | October 1, 2012 - 6:34 am

No Doubt’s ‘Push And Shove’: Album Review

Gwen Stefani is the Great American Girl, isn’t she? Even when she married an Englishman, she kept her SoCal style and accent; the only roots she’s ever denied are in her hair. Like her No Doubt bandmates, Gwen is who she is, no poses. Amazingly, Push And Shove (out today, September 25)…

Stephen Sears | September 25, 2012 - 5:45 am

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