Review: ‘R∆’ by Simon Curtis

Indie dance-pop artist Simon Curtis became an Internet sensation last year when he released his debut album, 8Bit Heart, for free through his website. The album’s success brought Curtis buzz everywhere from pop-focused websites to Billboard. R∆, which derives its name from Curtis’ fanbase, the “Robot Army,” builds on the heavy electronic brand of dance music… Read More Review: ‘R∆’ by Simon Curtis

Review: ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga

It’s difficult enough to follow up a promising debut album, whether it’s commercially or critically successful. When the debut album in question is not only critically and commercially successful, but was one of the biggest-selling albums of the year for the past two years, the pressure to follow through with a successful follow-up is unquestionably… Read More Review: ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga

Review: ‘Femme Fatale’ by Britney Spears

More than a decade into the career of Britney Spears, any expectations for artistic growth should be thrown aside. It’s clear that, unlike her pop diva predecessors Madonna and Janet Jackson, any attempts at lyrical profundity are ignored. With that in mind, Femme Fatale, the seventh studio album from Spears, should be viewed in the… Read More Review: ‘Femme Fatale’ by Britney Spears

Review: ‘Human (EP)’ by Darren Criss

Actor/singer Darren Criss recently propelled into the spotlight with an acclaimed turn as Blaine on Fox’s hit series Glee, boosted by a show-stealing cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” On Human, an EP released by the singer earlier this year, the singer presents a selection of self-penned songs. The quality of the album is low-key… Read More Review: ‘Human (EP)’ by Darren Criss

Review: ’31 Minutes to Takeoff’ by Mike Posner

After releasing a few mixtapes last year, recent Duke University graduate Mike Posner just released his major-label debut, 31 Minutes to Takeoff. The album’s promotion began promisingly enough, with lead single “Cooler Than Me” becoming one of the biggest hits of the summer. Takeoff follows through on the single’s catchy electropop sounds, providing 12 tracks… Read More Review: ’31 Minutes to Takeoff’ by Mike Posner