Christina Aguilera Beginner’s Guide Playlist

Forming an opinion about an artist’s music based purely on their singles is often a shortsighted endeavor. Trusting that approach rarely provides a sufficient example of their overall output, and sometimes only offers a very narrow view of the artist’s abilities and tendencies. It’s helpful to remember this when regarding the career of Christina Aguilera. Sure, there is no shortage of pipes-verifying performances to Aguilera’s name, but her best work has consistently been passed over by her label in favor of songs that corroborate her original pop presentation. If hearing Aguilera’s name is more likely to remind you of “Your Body” or “Genie in a Bottle” than “Walk Away” or “Mercy on Me,” gather ’round. It’s time you get an education. Listen with Spotify or YouTube below.

A Fine Frenzy’s “One Cell in the Sea” Review

The debut album from one-woman act A Fine Frenzy, One Cell in the Sea proves Alison Sudol’s precious pop is at its best when she’s immersed in nature-inspired metaphors, perhaps because the photographic presentation gives the impression that she travels the country with a piano strapped on her back, trekking through fields and forests in flowing lace dresses, waiting for a stream or leaf or cloud to inspire her.

With One Cell in the Sea, she provides any fan of the great outdoors an anthem in “Come On, Come Out” and compares herself to a rabbit fearing the hunt on album stand-out “Rangers.” Sometimes the sentimentality overwhelms Sudol’s dainty designs, such as when she cloyingly correlates herself with an apple on “You Picked Me,” but much of Cell‘s bittersweet balladry is just too damn pretty to resist. Maybe all meadows should have flame-haired songstresses twirling about.

Kimbra’s “Top of the World” Music Video

New Zealand art pop maestro Kimbra has released the music video for “Top of the World,” the anthemic second single from her upcoming album Primal Heart.

Amidst crumbling columns and a fleeting spotlight, Kimbra endures a symbolic wardrobe metamorphosis while performing the tribal, chant-like track. These visuals seem an appropriate match for an album titled Primal Heart.

Watch the video below. Primal Heart will be released January 19th through Warner Bros. Records.

Interview with Eisley’s Sherri DuPree

Raised on a musical diet of artists such as Radiohead, Pink Floyd and the Beatles, the five members of Tyler, Texas’ Eisley are now turning heads themselves with their stunning full-length Reprise Records debut, Room Noises. Having just wrapped a 60-date opening slot on the New Found Glory “Back to Basics” Tour, and with two weeks to prepare for their first headlining tour, vocalist and guitarist Sherri DuPree somehow managed to squeeze in some time to answer our questions.

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