Music Genre: Pop

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composer Hozier
CoCo Supreme23
5

Hozier’s self-titled debut album is pure magic. I’m concerned that he will not be able to outdo himself and make a better album after this one! In this day, I think it’s hard to find an album where EVERY song is beautifully sung and written.  Hozier sings with such conviction that the pain...

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Ms Mr (Musical group)
CoCo Supreme23
4

The duo MS MR ( pronounced-Miz Mister) are a New-York based group who consist of Lizzy Palpinger and Max Hershenow.  In their debut album Secondhand Rapture, the duo has an outstanding way of blending pop with a melancholy dark tone that produces great music. Lizzy’s voice is powerful, pure...

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Disclosure (Muscial group)
CoCo Supreme23
5

Disclosure is an electronic duo made up of two brothers (Guy & Howard Lawrence) from England. Their debut album “Settle” released in 2013 was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. This album features the hit single, “Latch” featuring Sam Smith.  It is...

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Breathe Carolina (Musical group)
Angelita
5

I haven't really listened to any other albums by Breathe Carolina, but I instantly loved this album based off the first song. I didn't know what to expect, but I liked it and I also liked other tracks on the album.  It does have some techno, club vibes, but I wouldn't compare to Skrillex....

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Sam Smith
CoCo Supreme23
5

You first heard the soulful sound of Sam Smith when he was featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”.  Sam Smith is back with his debut album, titled In the Lonely Hour released in June of 2014.  I was dazzled by Sam’s singing ability on the Disclosure track, and eagerly...

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1986- composer Lykke Li
Porscha
4

I Never Learn is Lykke Li’s third album, and like the title suggests, it’s a break up album. I was hesitant to listen to it half expecting it to be heavy, depressing, and possibly boring, but instead it was innovative, exciting, and of course a little melancholy. The album seems more...

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composer Future Islands (Musical group)
Porscha
5

Another fantastic album from Future Islands. Singles is their fourth album and as energetic and surprising as their previous work. Despite the title, it isn’t a collection of singles and has their typical variety of song types. Future Islands’ sound is unique and dramatic; it combines...

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Takako Minekawa
Porscha
4

This is a playful and experimental album. It has a techy art-album feel that’s upbeat and fun, but is also engaging and complex.  Fantasic Cat is a great song and the most popular from the album, but I also found Black…White exciting. Also an interesting fact  about...

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How to Dress Well
Porscha
5

This album has a contemporary feel and sounds something like a combination of Burial and Sigur Ros, kind of a trip hop, ambient sound. The songs have an eclectic range of influences from ‘80s r&b to ethereal noise. Unlike their previous album Love Remains, each song sounds like a...

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Little Dragon (Musical group)
Porscha
5

Ritual Union is Swedish band Little Dragon’s third album. It easily falls into the category trip hop with experimental sounds, beats, and R&B like vocals. Lead singer Yukimi Nagano has an amazing range and a wandering R&B style of singing. It has feelings of R&B, hip hop, and soul,...

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DeVotchKa (Musical group)
Porscha
5

With this album I feel Devotchka reached a new height. The combination of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the live recording makes for an intimate feel and really displays the expertise of the members of Devotchka. It’s also an endearing dose of Colorado talent; the 303 Children’s Choir even...

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Future Islands (Musical group)
Porscha
5

This is a beautiful and exciting album. Future Islands is categorized as neo-romantics and it’s fitting for the dramatic vocals and endearing lyrics of Samuel T. Harring. The songs are each their own masterpieces and I feel their music strikes a nerve in a moving way. It’s raw and edgy and...

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Chelsea Wolfe
Porscha
5

I can't say enough about Chelsea Wolfe. I love all most of her albums and she's amazing live. Her sound is deep, melodic, dramatic, and mysterious. This is her fourth album and is as captivating as any of her previous work. The album to me is special because I could listen to it over and over,...

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Austra (Musical group)
Porscha
5

Austra has a dark pop, electronic, dramatic sound with a strong female vocalist. This album to me has a polished, finished feel and each song has depth and variety. It's intriguing throughout and at times danceable. 

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Burial (Musician)
Porscha
5

Burial has become one of my favorite bands as they combine many elements of rhythm in one of my favorite sprawling genres ambient. It  has the feeling of trance but also has glitch beats, definitely could be categorized as experimental. The vocals are emotive leaning on r&b, but are...

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Grimes (Musician)
Porscha
5

I love this album. I found it eclectic in sound, synthesizing many different musical influences in a unique and imaginative album.  It’s obvious in the music, Claire Boucher (Grimes) is incredibly talented and willing to take a risk, and the result of this album is magic, it’s as moving as...

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Damien Jurado
Bobby
5

Working again with Richard Swift, Jurado continues leave his folky singer/songwriter past for psychedelic pop and rock.  I've been going to see Jurado play for almost 15 years now and never could I have imagined his level of creativity keeping up for this long, but this is one of the...

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Chelsea Wolfe
Lily
4

Chelsea Wolfe's music sounds like what would be sung at a church in hell, because it is lovely, but also sort of scary. Wolfe's voice is haunting but her songs are full of harmonies. She has roots in folk music, but is also skilled at making guitars drone and sound distorted.

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Nick Cave
Lily
5

Whenever I hear Nick Cave sing I assume he is trying to summon satan. And I do mean that in the best way... To me it seems he is trying to summon a strange and frisky devil, rather than an evil one. His music is sadly eerie and darkly beautiful, but playful enough to not be considered flat-out...

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Iggy Pop
Lily
4

This is the strangest, most untraditional Iggy Pop record. Préliminaires is reminiscent of early Serge Gainsbourg, as well as 1930s era Louis Armstrong. Pop seems to be paying tribute to more quiet and diverse musical styles than his usual punk rock, including swamp rock, jazz, and...

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Haim (Musical group)
Bobby
5

A bluegrass-playing friend recommended Haim to me over a year ago, but when I played one of their tracks, I was so taken aback their immediately apparent non-bluegrass sound, that I quickly stopped it in disgust.  It was the musical equivalent to accidently putting anti-itch ointment on...

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Ray LaMontagne
Laurie.
5

Three Days is one of the sexiest songs I've ever heard. His voice is so soulful. 

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Foxygen (Musical group)
Bobby
4

This is my one of my favorite albums of 2013 so far.  Sure they ransack every sound from the late 60s and early 70s (most obviously Sgt. Pepper era Beatles and the Velvet Undergroud) but they do it well and with a freshness that doesn't leave you feeling swindled.

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Alela Diane
Zac
4

I have a crush on Alela Diane. Hailing from Portland, OR, she’s a stunning storyteller, her songs painting gentle landscapes of love and nature. Her voice is lilting, both slick and scuffed, and is layered amidst steel strings and mandolin melodies. It's difficult to label her musical style, but...

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Lord Huron (Musical group)
Bobby
3

In a year full of band with a lot of rah-rah wannabe folkiness ala Lumineers & Of Monsters and Men, Lord Huron takes a more (and appreciated) laid back approach.  The songs are upbeat but quiet with a Graceland quality to them.  A solidly pleasing debut.