Feb 14, 2011 — "Love More" works in slow motion, but with an uncharacteristically bold and dramatic statement attached: As the song progresses, she lets a bleak and troubled past lay the groundwork for a tiny mantra to live by.
Feb 15, 2011 — In the beautifully orchestrated "Brains," Oh No Oh My nicely sums up the age-old conflict between thoughts and feelings. The result is a fine love song for those who can't often get out of their heads long enough to engage with their own feelings.
Nov 21, 2012 — The Puerto Rican duo talk about their musical inspirations, politics and the day they spent in a mental institution.
Dec 30, 2011 — Anyone who's had a lousy year would do well to jam "The Show Must Not Go On" as the clock strikes midnight. It'll make a powerful soundtrack to a much-needed drowning of the past.
Nov 22, 2011 — Martin Leung's solo piano rendition of Koji Kondo's Super Mario theme music underlines the wit and invention of the source material. The result reveals just how much the composer inserted into what might have been a throwaway project.
Nov 20, 2011 — Whether you're having turkey, turducken, tofurkey or fish tacos, Thanksgiving is about family, food and the soul-deadening stress of logistics. So here's a mix designed to help you keep your mind on the bonding-fueled feast that justifies it all.
Jun 30, 2011 — In "Turn Off This Song and Go Outside," The Lonely Forest urges listeners to get out of their own heads. The result is one of the best and most honest slices of pop music around.
Jun 17, 2011 — For all its bluster, Guyz Nite's "Father's Day" is an almost preposterously goodhearted (and clearly sincere) ode to dads who teach their kids to try hard and be decent people.
Mar 9, 2011 — "Madame Trudeaux" is one of the most ferociously rhythmic songs Tunstall has ever recorded. Carried primarily by the drums, it stomps and rolls with glammy antagonism. Along the way, the song ignites at unexpected moments like Pop Rocks dropped in cola.
Feb 28, 2011 — For almost four minutes, "Never Pay for the Farm" burns on nothing but a rough groove. Gang of Four's shrill guitar leads make a mess all over the mix, even sounding like a short-circuiting microwave at times.