Some music has perked up, even within the strictures of chill.
Carly Rae Jepsen
The Art Songs of Carly Rae Jepsen
If you’d told radio listeners in 2012 that the singer responsible for “Call Me Maybe” would in seven years be hailed as an eccentric avant-pop totem, nobody would have believed you, but here she is.
Carly Rae Jepsen, Antipersona
Carly Rae Jepsen is the emptiest pop diva to have released an album this year, and that’s not an insult.
Fagen’s Critical Catalogue (March 2013, Part 1)
Since January I’ve been squeezing an extra review into each catalogue, and, nearing the end of February, it finally cost me a deadline. I’m pretty satisfied with the way things turned out, though. As of this post since March last year, I’ve reviewed 100 2012 albums, not bad. High points here are a Canadian teenpop singer and an angry, stealthy metal band. The low point is what I believe to be the worst album of the year – beat Deadmau5 by a hair. If you think the Dirty Projectors sound contrived, wait till you hear this 70-year-old cult artifact.