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Listing: 5 Lyrical Miscues from Common’s ‘Nobody’s Smiling’

Common‘s tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling is a project about Chicago told by someone who hasn’t walked the city’s streets or breathed the city’s air in a long long time. It’s a detached, misappropriation of […]

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Listing: 5 Mind-Numbing Lyrics from Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’

For Rick Ross it’s never been about substance. He’s a style whore and proud of it. But even in a world where nothing is what it seems, Ross’ biggest bugaboo has been his credibility. Much […]

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Listing: 5 Darkly Poignant Lyrics from St. Vincent’s ‘St. Vincent’

St. Vincent‘s return comes with a new look, but also with a heavy dose of distorted, synthesized funk. It’s a bit weirder than her past fare, but she actually seems to be getting new converts […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrics that Toe the Passé ‘Heartfelt’ Line on Katy B’s ‘Little Red’

Already a name in her native UK, Katy B sophomore album release was dubbed “sophisticated dance music with heart” by her fellow Brits, making more of us Stateside take notice. It’s easy to see why – […]

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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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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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Listing: Blood Orange’s ‘Cupid Deluxe’ in 5 Strokes of Urban Love

The chameleon muscle that is Devonté Hynes’ trajectory from freewheelin’ punkist (Test Icicles) to anti-folk humorist (Lightspeed Champion) to en vogue producer (Solange, Sky Ferreira), can make project Blood Orange seem like just another phase in the […]

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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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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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