Jon O’Brien

Listing: The Top 5 Lyrics From Young The Giant’s ‘Mind Over Matter’

Released via a label typically associated with heavy metal, unexpectedly championed by eternal miserablist Morrissey and spawning a song (“Cough Syrup”) which featured during an attempted suicide scene in Glee, the story surrounding Young The […]

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Listing: The Top 5 Most Powerful Lyrics From Bruce Springsteen’s ‘High Hopes’

A collection of outtakes, cover versions and reworkings, Bruce Springsteen’s 18th album, High Hopes, inevitably lacks the thematic arc of his more conventional studio efforts. But the follow-up to 2012’s Wrecking Ball still proves that […]

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RIFF’d: Beyonce’s ‘Beyonce’

Following a string of corporate tie-in songs that failed to connect with anyone save Pepsi and H&M executives, numerous rumors that she had scrapped over 50 songs in order to start afresh and a mammoth world […]

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Listing: The Top 5 Anxiety-Ridden Lyrics From Childish Gambino’s ‘Because The Internet’

Childish Gambino may have made his name as a writer on 30 Rock and as childlike former high school football star Troy Barnes in Community, but as indicated by his recent departure on the latter […]

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RIFF’d: Britney Spears’ ‘Britney Jean’

Fifteen years after “Baby… One More Time” saw her become the world’s most famous girl-next-door, Britney Spears has become something of an elder stateswoman of pop. Disney Channel graduates Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi […]

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Spotlight: Postiljonen

Combining the shoegaze melodies of the Cocteau Twins and the cinematic dream-pop of M83 with saxophone riffs worthy of a mid-80s NYC skyline, and an inspired use of film dialogue which perfectly encapsulates their escapist intentions, […]

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RIFF’d: Jake Bugg’s ‘Shangri La’

Recently in danger of becoming more famous for his online spats with One Direction as he is his Bob Dylan tribute act, 19-year-old Jake Bugg’s whole career appears to have been based on the notion […]

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RIFF’d: Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’

Renowned for her tendency to over-hype, Lady Gaga’s third album arrives with a promise to ‘blur the boundaries between pop music and art culture,’ as though she’s the first artist to ever tackle such a […]

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Listing: The Top 5 Boasts From M.I.A.’s ‘Matangi’

Originally scheduled for release last December, M.I.A.’s fourth LP, Matangi, was then pushed back after Interscope allegedly claimed that it was far too positive to fit in with her ‘public enemy number one’ status. A fidgety, […]

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EDM: A Case for the Word to Get Back to the Groove

From Underworld’s “Born Slippy” (“Lager, lager, lager, shouting mega mega white thing”) to Faithless’ “Insomnia” (“I gets no sleep, I can’t get no sleep”) – on the surface, the original ‘Electronic Dance Music’ invasion of […]

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About Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.