Rihanna's 'Birthday Cake': Reasons to listen (Ann Powers, NPR)
"I'm choosing to do something else, though — to wrestle with the material at hand. As a music critic and, on a personal level, as someone who's long considered pop to be a crucial avenue for understanding the intricacies of the human heart and soul, I'm committed to engaging with the music that makes us sit up and take notice. I'm willing to try, even if those songs expose or even encourage aspects of behaviors that aren't so savory. I don't think "Turn Up the Music" tells us much; "Birthday Cake" is a different matter. So I'll continue trying to grasp what's happening in a song that makes many — but not all — of us want to turn away."
all round.) [more inside]
posted by carbide
on Feb 22, 2012 -
The singer Pink's recent performance
at the Grammy's evoked this
reaction from comedian Joe Rogan: Her performance was like Jimi Hendrix doing the star spangled banner while Michael Jackson moon walked and Susan Boyle sang back up.
The song, "Glitter in the Air," is from Pink's 2008 album "Funhouse
." Much of that album was Pink's reflections on the breakup of her marriage to motocross
star Carey Hart
. But the story between Pink and Hart doesn't end there... [more inside]
posted by bguest
on Feb 8, 2010 -