Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: At last, a sustainable crop of dancefloor gems from the Aussie whose “All The Lovers” is as good as the record—beat-heavy, ecstatic, simple and joyous.
Free Association: She’s no opera singer, but she can make a damn fine pop song.
For Fans Of: Cher, ABBA, Annie, Olivia Newton-John, vodka.
Sounds Like: The English legend employs New York and London philharmonics to back his songs from Police days to now, and it’s not as terrible as it could be.
Free Association: “Roxanne” sucks bad; still better than that horrifying Xmas record.
For Fans Of: Don Henley, Elton John, Billy Joel, pretense.
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Sounds Like: Oklahoma boy-girls get older and settle into a soft rock niche. Some of these have solid craft and execution, but most are sooo vanilla.
Free Association: Say what you will, Middle of Nowhere was a sick record in 1997!