Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: A Jonas brother goes rogue! And it works, perhaps because he lost his promise ring, found some Timbaland- wannabe producers and embraced sexiness.
Free Association: Chris Brown’s involved, spiking “virginal God boy” with “abusive slut.”
For Fans Of: Justin Tims + Mike Posner, Missy Elliot x Demi/Selena, low expectations.
New Found Glory
Sounds Like: The Floridian emo pop-punk specialists’ seventh is their best effort to keep a rightfully dying genre alive, and it’s a valiant one—the album’s only mildly horrible.
Free Association: They stick to the pop-punk schtick by whining about heartbreak (amen).
For Fans Of: blink-182/Sum 41 x Weezer, Green Day + Dashboard, ’90s teens.
Uh Huh Her
Sounds Like: Taking cues from PJ Harvey’s 2004 gem, the L.A. duo of queer girls (one is L Word’s Leisha Hailey) are spot-on in their wistfully ethereal electronic anguish.
Free Association: Low expectations for actors/musicians yields pleasant surprises!
For Fans Of: Metric, Ladytron + Liz Phair, Le Tigre, overtly queer success stories.
PW's Music Issue 2014