Danity Kane "Damaged"

With their excellent new single “Damaged”, Diddy’s Danity Kane show signs of actually being able to transcend their early-“poor man’s Pussycat Dolls” tag and possibly emerge as a solid equivalent to the pre-fabricated girl group ensembles ruling the roost overseas (Girls Aloud, Sugababes). A perfect summation of the international dance-pop sound they doggedly pursued on […]

Mariah Carey featuring The-Dream "Touch My Body (Remix)"/ The-Dream featuring Young Jeezy "I Luv Your Girl (Remix)"

“There’s a camera up in here/ Load that right on up to YouTube,” The-Dream smirks; but he knows better, quickly following up that line with the elementary school cop-out, “I’m just playing”. Even if he co-penned Carey’s recent smash, Mr. “American Dream” is too smart to go up against the leggy diva on this remix, […]

Shawty Lo featuring Miss T "Count On Me"

“Dey Know”‘s hooky, anthemic presence might justify it being a killer ringtone, but let’s not pretend that D4L member-turned-solo sensation Shawty Lo is much of a rapper. His whole shtick is based on ’round-the-way swagger, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (cough…Jim Jones…cough), but it also means you shouldn’t expect more than mediocrity out of […]

Jesse McCartney "Leavin’"

Jesse McCartney never seemed like the rest of the Disney-approved B-list tween pop stars taking over the industry in recent years. Not only because of acting credentials on non-Cable television programs (“All My Children”, “Summerland”), but also because his favorable brand of pop-soul (the Maroon 5-ish “Right Where You Want Me”, or “She’s No You”, […]

Neon Neon "I Lust U"

Neon Neon (the side project from Super Furry Animals’ lead Gruff Rhys and electronic musician Boom Bip) focus on the plasticity of celebrity romance on “I Lust U”, a nerdy synth-pop nugget in which Rhys role-plays alongside Welsh singer/ songwriter Cate Le Bon. A charming indulgence in the ’80’s wide-eyed affection for robo-pop songcraft, the […]

Gnarls Barkley "Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?"

Never half-steppin’ when it comes to giving you something to think about (rather through their mind-bending music, depth-mining lyrics, geeky pop culture garb or innovative video work), the boys in Gnarls Barkley deliver yet again with “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?”, a bracing, soul-tastic confessional that once again singlehandedly belittles everything that everyone else is […]

Stefanie Heinzmann "My Man Is A Mean Man"

Bespectacled Swiss singer Stefanie Heinzmann might look like a Lisa Loeb-ish coffeehouse guitar-strummer, but her wallop-packing soul chops quickly identify her as anything but; this appealing juxtaposition (not to mention the fact that she really does have an amazing voice) is most likely the reason why she came out the recent champion on a German […]