Jon O’Brien

Listing: Sky Ferreira’s ‘Night Time, My Time’ in 5 Coming-of-Pop-Star-Age Lyrics

Initially signed by Capitol Records as a potential successor to Britney Spears at the age of 15, Sky Ferreira’s career has since lurched from one false start to another. Her synth-pop-inspired debut album was originally […]

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Listing: Katy Perry’s ‘Prism’ in 5 ‘F-ing Dark’ Lyrics

Katy Perry’s last blockbuster effort, Teenage Dream, was so sugary that its physical release was even scented to smell like cotton candy. But having married and divorced thesaurus-swallowing comedian Russell Brand in the three years […]

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Listing: The Top 5 Trips Down Memory Lane From Paul McCartney’s ‘New’

Following last year’s underwhelming take on The Great American Songbook and an embarrassing performance at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, Paul McCartney was in danger of being written off as a hasbeen who should gracefully […]

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CHVRCHES – ‘The Bones of What You Believe’

Named with a V to avoid competing with Jesus for internet hits, CHVRCHES have continued to spark intrigue ever since they appeared on nearly every ‘Ones to Watch’ list at the beginning of the year. […]

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Listing: Jack Johnson’s Life is Great, According to These 5 Lyrics from ‘From Here to Now to You’

After paying tribute to his late father on 2010’s understandably melancholic To The Sea, surfer dude Jack Johnson now regains the feel-good vibes he’s become renowned for on another family affair, From Here to Now […]

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RIFF’d: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’

Revitalized by a triumphant headline slot at Glastonbury, Arctic Monkeys’ fifth studio effort, AM, sees Yorkshire’s finest striking a balance between the vibrant indie-pop of their Mercury Prize-winning debut and the slightly alienating stoner-rock of […]

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Listing: The Top 5 Most Despairing Lyrics from Glasvegas’ ‘Later… When The TV Turns To Static’

Recorded on the same desk that produced Pavarotti‘s “Nessun Dorma,” the third album from Glasvegas suggests that the Scottish gloom merchants have no qualms about turning their Spector-meets-shoegaze wall of sound up to eleven. Later… […]

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RIFF’d: Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’

Emerging from a mid-00s British indie-rock scene which was obsessed with either ‘lighters in the air’ emotionally manipulative ballads (Snow Patrol, Athlete) or laddish Saturday night odes that sounded like leftovers from the ‘Cool Britannia‘ […]

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Listing: John Mayer’s ‘Paradise Valley’ in 5 Tabloid-Friendly Lyrics

Labelled both a misogynist and a racist following a disastrous interview with Playboy magazine, John Mayer spent the majority of 2011’s Born & Raised seeking redemption for his arrogance, utter lack of modesty and general […]

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Listing: Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’ in 5 Faux-Hick Lyrics

After reaching number one on the Billboard 200 for the first time in his career earlier this year with drinking songs collection, Spring Break… Here To Party, country boy-next-door Luke Bryan promised that his fourth […]

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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.