'Tuned In' review: Leona Lewis glows with holiday spirit
Published 12/3/2013 at 11:32 p.m. 0 comments
Leona Lewis, U.K.'s answer to Mariah Carey, gives holiday music a game try with her new "Christmas, With Love."
'Tuned In' review: Zedd reinvents hits on earthy 'Session'
Published 12/3/2013 at 10:18 p.m. 0 comments
European dance-music producer Zedd does an about-face with his new "iTunes Session," revisiting some of his electronic hits in a more organic context.
'Tuned In' review: Austin's Wild Child pours on the charm
Published 12/3/2013 at 8:49 p.m. 0 comments
The Austin, Texas, act Wild Child casts a spell on "The Runaround" with lilting arrangements and clever lyrics about relationships.
‘Tuned In’ review: Aggressive M.I.A. challenges, charms
Published 11/12/2013 at 4:24 p.m. 0 comments
It would be futile for experimental electro artist M.I.A. to court the U.S. mainstream, though she drew inspiration for her new “Matangi” from the widespread outrage she spawned when she flipped off the camera (as a supporting vocalist for Madonna) ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Lady Gaga won’t be ignored on ‘ARTPOP’
Published 11/11/2013 at 3:38 p.m. 0 comments
Even those who dismiss Lady Gaga as fraudulent have to admire her work ethic. Unlike singers who seem to be mere props for producers (cough cough, Katy Perry), Lady Gaga clearly works out every aural and visual detail of her ...
‘Tuned In’ review: British trio TRAAMS builds on ‘Krautrock’ foundation
Published 11/5/2013 at 3:21 p.m. 0 comments
More than 30 years after the German band Kraftwerk celebrated the “motorik” groove with its seminal song “Autobahn,” groups continue to form around the world with that “Krautrock” rhythm as their anchor. Such is the case of the U.K. trio ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Ka-ching! Kelly Clarkson cashes in on Christmas
Published 11/5/2013 at 3:02 p.m. 0 comments
Established singers have ample motive to record Christmas albums. They’re an easy cash grab from fans, plus their broad appeal is a simple way to pick up new followers. What’s more, they’re so uncomplicated: Artists merely have to select their ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Eminem’s still trying to figure it all out
Published 11/5/2013 at 2:36 p.m. 0 comments
The middle-aged angry Eminem is less likable than the young angry Eminem, though he’s still immensely talented. The rapper continues to milk his schizophrenic shtick on his new release, an overused plot device that allows him to shift perspectives (as ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Assembly Line cranks out crowd-pleasers
Published 10/29/2013 at 2:19 p.m. 0 comments
The Assembly Line seems to have adopted a straightforward name. Consider: The group members found each other in 2009 by way of Craigslist, and in workmanlike fashion they set about producing a near-generic product (hook-oriented pop/rock) for the most lucrative ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Lily & Madeleine have magical voices, teen feelings
Published 10/29/2013 at 2:05 p.m. 0 comments
Lily & Madeleine set the bar incredibly high with their acoustic-oriented folk EP “The Weight of the Globe,” released this past summer on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label. The Jurkiewicz sisters, 16 and 18 years old, offered uncanny harmonies on ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Singer-songwriter Lori Lieberman weaves around stereotypes
Published 10/22/2013 at 3:37 p.m. 0 comments
Veteran performer Lori Lieberman trades in common singer-songwriter clichés, yet she mostly makes it work.
‘Tuned In’ review: Ireland’s Declan O’Rourke challenges his audience
Published 10/22/2013 at 3:31 p.m. 0 comments
Acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke looks to make an American push with the U.S. release of “Mag Pai Zai,” his third studio album. Be warned: O’Rourke isn’t just another balladeer with an acoustic guitar. His voice, lyrics and arrangements have ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Basia Bulat’s so unusual, for better and worse
Published 10/22/2013 at 3:25 p.m. 0 comments
Basia Bulat’s anxiety is contagious on “Tall Tall Shadow,” and it gets in the way. Nevertheless, the Canadian singer-songwriter is distinctive across the board. Her new release is an imaginative pop-folk construction built on all manner of keyboards and guitars ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Experimental Icelanders aren’t for everyone
Published 10/15/2013 at 2:56 p.m. 0 comments
“Smilewound” is experimental pop from the eclectic Icelandic collective mum. Translation: In the right ears (and mood), much of the act’s fourth release will be a refreshing change of pace from all formula music. And most other ears will understandably ...
‘Tuned In’ review: Comedian Gabriel Iglesias commands with fluid, funny tales
Published 10/15/2013 at 2:36 p.m. 0 comments
Gabriel Iglesias has the gift of gab. Fittingly, his new release, “Aloha Fluffy,” is an overgenerous two-disc collection of more than two hours of his stand-up comedy – more than twice, even three times, the amount of material the average ...
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