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287 items by Caryn Ganz

  • Neon

    Neon | ALBUM REVIEW

    Long delays rarely mean good things for pop albums, and Jay Sean's fourth LP hasn't exactly been ripening like a fancy fromage over the past four years. The British smoothie sold more than 4 million copies of...

    August 12, 2013 4:35 PM ET
  • In a World Like This

    In a World Like This | ALBUM REVIEW

    "The clock on the wall, it reminds me of all the better times," sing the Backstreet Boys, now back to their original lineup. You'd be nostalgic too: In 1999, BSB scored huge hits; today, they're settling...

    July 30, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Stars Dance

    Stars Dance | ALBUM REVIEW

    All work and no public meltdowns make Selena a dull girl. The Disney vet has dated – and, OMG, split from – Justin Bieber and released three LPs, all while remaining pop's most ho-hum double threat....

    July 23, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Electric

    Electric | ALBUM REVIEW

    "This is my kind of music. . . . I like the singer, he's lonely and strange," Neil Tennant sings over the house-y pound of "Vocal." Pet Shop Boys have always stirred pathos into the punch, and on their 12th album...

    July 16, 2013 12:10 AM ET
  • Sing to the Moon

    Sing to the Moon | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's no shortage of conservatory-trained female British soul vocalists (see Adele and Amy Winehouse — and that's just the As), but rest assured you haven't heard an album remotely like Laura Mvula's debut. The 26-year-old Birmingham Conservatoire...

    July 8, 2013 10:45 AM ET
  • Q&A: Sara Bareilles

    Q&A: Sara Bareilles | ARTICLE

    For Issue 1049, Caryn Ganz spoke to Sara Bareilles about breaking big with an inescapable hit single and her long journey to the Top Ten (it involved an audition for The Mickey Mouse Club). Click above to...

    August 28, 2012 3:06 PM ET
  • "Strange Clouds"

    "Strange Clouds" | SONG REVIEW

    On the kickoff to his second LP, the Atlanta rapper slings references to Nancy Kerrigan, Inception and Top Chef over a blippy dubstep beat from Dr. Luke. Wayne drops a wink-nudge verse about getting blitzed, but it’s B.o.B who lights...

    October 12, 2011 3:35 PM ET
  • Clear As Day

    Clear As Day | ALBUM REVIEW

    Eighteen-year-old Scotty McCreery won the 10th season of American Idol with a surprisingly deep voice and a more formidable smirk. His debut – a ho-hum jaunt through an America full of dog-eared Bibles, rugged pickup trucks and...

    October 4, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • "In The Dark"

    "In The Dark" | SONG REVIEW

    This California electrohop diva is known for her slithering monotone on Far East Movement's "Like a G6." Here, Dev speak-sings about her sex drive over a Nineties Latin house beat like a top-shelf version of Ke$ha –...

    September 26, 2011 9:00 AM ET
  • "25/8"

    "25/8" | SONG REVIEW

    Congratulations appear to be in order for Mr. Blige, who, according to Queen Mary's new single, receives not just round-the-clock loving but bonus time too – 25 hours a day, eight days a week. It's goopy...

    September 13, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Within and Without

    Within and Without | ALBUM REVIEW

    Before he even released a full-length album, 28-year-old Georgia native Ernest Greene had become America’s ambassador for zonked-out electro-pop - a.k.a. "chillwave." His gorgeous debut proves why he’s the dude for the job: Within and Without's nine...

    September 12, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Night Shades

    Night Shades | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the two years since Cobra Starship put out Hot Mess, their genre (emo pop) and patron saint (Pete Wentz) have faded like MySpace. So for Night Shades, Gabe Saporta spun the radio dial, whipping up facsimiles...

    August 30, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • LP1

    LP1 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Allow Joss Stone to reintroduce herself: On LP1, her first disc for her own label, the 24-year-old Brit takes a blowtorch to her increasingly smooth soul-pop sound, unloading 10 tracks of lowdown blues. The producer here...

    August 2, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Ida Maria, 'KATLA'

    Ida Maria, 'KATLA' | BLOG ENTRY

    In the two years since her boozy, confessional debut, Ida Maria Sivertsen has grown from an excitable and neurotic newcomer into something like Jack White's dream girl - a clever badass who wails bluesy...

    June 22, 2011 5:40 PM ET
  • Dirty Work

    Dirty Work | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their fourth album, All Time Low get stranded between bratty snot-rock and witty power pop. Dirty Work — already a Top 10 hit — shows off the band's ability to weld slick harmonies to jackhammer chords,...

    June 21, 2011 11:55 AM ET
  • Sorry For Party Rocking

    Sorry For Party Rocking | ALBUM REVIEW

    This Los Angeles party-hop duo can’t decide if they want to rhyme like the Beastie Boys or booty-croon like Taio Cruz. So on their second...

    June 21, 2011 12:05 AM ET
  • KATLA

    KATLA | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the two years since her boozy, confessional debut, Ida Maria Sivertsen has grown from an excitable and neurotic newcomer into something like Jack White's dream girl - a clever badass who wails bluesy ball-busters like...

    June 21, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • Eclipse

    Eclipse | ALBUM REVIEW

    It takes 17 minutes and 39 seconds to hit the first satisfyingly Journey-sounding moment on Eclipse, the band's 14th album: a soaring six-minute-plus power ballad, "Tantra." For a legacy act whose biggest new audience is...

    June 7, 2011 12:00 AM ET
  • As If!

    As If! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Barely legal singer/actress/model Sky Ferreira's full-length debut isn't due until this summer, but the 18-year-old Cali hottie has a ton of buzz: Both she and her song "Sex Rules" have appeared in a Calvin Klein ad...

    April 25, 2011 11:45 AM ET
  • "Sex Rules"

    "Sex Rules" | SONG REVIEW

    Teen dream Ferreira isn't bugged by being "not a girl, not yet a woman." Her latest synth-pop confection bounces like a Stacey Q jam — and big-ups both nooky and the Almighty: "I pity the fools who...

    March 25, 2011 12:00 AM ET
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