Mariah Carey recently turned 50 — or did she? A few months before her birthday she released Caution, the latest in a streak of low-key great late-career efforts. Whether making hits or not, she’s been consistently excellent for almost three solid decades now, with even the former punchline Glitter recently enjoying … More »
Tucked near the end of Maren Morris’ new album GIRL is a lovely little tune called “The Bones.” Like many Morris songs, it’s not about the art of songwriting but could just as easily be an allegory for her expertise in that area. In “The Bones,” a busted old house that has weathered the elements … More »
I am sure you woke up today just like I did. One thousand things on your mind, tons of things to get to. But nowhere, absolutely nowhere in your mind did you ever think you would stumble across a hardstyle bootleg of the most aggressively marketed Christmas track of the last 100 years. Well, my
Fifth Harmony were the reigning girl group of their era. Although they never came close to the success of their closest predecessors, Destiny’s Child, the group accumulated a rabid fan base of Harmonizers and contributed some sterling songs to the mainstream pop canon, among them “BO$$,” “Sledgehammer,” “Messy,” and their one top 10 hit, the … More »
In the age of social media fads develop before we’ve even had the chance to deliberate, as they’re tweeted and retweeted ad infinitum. Culture is reduced to meme format, giving way to some pretty detestable content. The following list rounds up recent music trends that will hopefully be dead by New Year’s Day. More »
If “half a billion views on YouTube” is any criteria to go by, there’s really only one candidate for a modern Christmas standard, and by “modern” I mean “recorded after Bing Crosby’s lifetime.” With all apologies to Run-D.M.C., Low, Cristina, and the in-house musicians of Studio One, … More »
Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »
Mariah Carey’s fifteenth studio album, Caution, came out late last month and it’s actually amazing. Who was I to ever doubt Mariah? I play her version of “O Holy Night” throughout the year as if that’s a totally regular thing to do, which it should be.
She’s made a funny little underproduced lyric video for one of the album’s basically perfect singles, “A No No”, which includes a sample from Lil’ Kim’s ’90s hit “Crush on You” featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Lil’ Cease.
I recently lay on the floor and danced to this song like a little worm. Mariah’s first album came out the year I was born, so I realize I have been dancing to Mariah for practically my entire life. Thankful for that.