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Articles by Will Adams

Music: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift knows what she’s doing. Her new album 1989 underwent a meticulous promotional cycle—staggered Instagram posts of stray lyrics and album art—that has made the record, her fifth,...

Music: Yelle

Yelle occupies an uncertain space in the pop world. Despite writing entirely in their native tongue, the French trio has garnered a small but devoted following in the U.S....

Music: Katy B

The explosion of UK house and garage music in 2013 owes much to Katy B’s 2010 single “Katy On a Mission.” The bouncy dubstep tune leapt from the UK...

Music: Lady Gaga

“My artpop could mean anything,” Lady Gaga intones on the title track of her fourth album. It’s a vague cop-out that’s strange to hear from her; perhaps her reputation...

MUSIC: Sky Ferreira

Under any circumstance, it’s rare to find a debut album as assured as Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time. But given the seemingly endless limbo Ferreira’s career has endured,...

Miley, please stop

It’s easy enough to look at the cover art of Bangerz and say, “Oh, she’s just being Miley.” But a closer look reveals how strange the image is: Cyrus stands face-foward,...

MUSIC: Icona Pop

The breakthrough of Icona Pop’s shout-it-out anthem “I Love It” would, in other circumstances, result in a follow-up album filled with carbon copies of that hit. And while their...

MUSIC: Grouplove

Grouplove’s sophomore effort Spreading Rumours is a solid, if somewhat inconsistent, addition to their catalog. Right off the bat, it’s clear that they’re looking to forge new ground; the...

MUSIC: deadmau5

Deadmau5’s acerbic online persona and album titles (Random Album Title, For Lack of a Better Name, for starters) might make you think that he hates his job. But a...

Music: Two Door Cinema Club

The sophomore album: It’s a hurdle every band must face, the eternal challenge of striking the perfect balance between sticking to a formula and venturing into unknown musical territory....

Music: Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is nothing if not multidimensional. Her overstuffed new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, boasts 19 tracks with several costume changes in between. But for Nicki, the concept...

Music: Madonna

Madonna opens her 12th album, MDNA, with the Act of Contrition over some sobbing strings: “Oh, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee…” she deadpans. Madonna...