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  • 9 years ago

    Kara DioGuardi has been co-writer, co-producer, background singer, and probably bottle washer and therapist for a whole hunk of the best pop music of the last half-decade. She's helped Hilary Duff to create fragile beauty and Lindsay Lohan to frol...

  • 9 years ago

    Lead Dixie Chick Natalie Maines has always had a warm voice that nonetheless contains flicks of the whip, and "Not Ready to Make Nice" is perfect for it: minor chord at the start, slow but not a dirge, sets us up for the lash we know is coming. Bu...

  • 9 years ago

    Teenpop's Pink-Avril-Ashlee era was foreshadowed back in 1999, when two 15-year-old Norwegian girls sang, "Don't say you love me, you don't even know me" on the first Pokémon movie soundtrack. The duo, M2M, broke up a couple of years later,...

  • 9 years ago

    Lily Allen's "LDN" is an absolutely bliss-inducing calypso-ska number that's every bit as sunny and shimmering as the Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon" and Bananarama's "Cruel Summer"—and like those two songs, "LDN" uses its words to tear down the bri...

  • 9 years ago

    Over on the rock and Christian charts, a ferocious young Texas band called Flyleaf has been coming on like the next Evanescence, with save-me-from-the-dark lyrics that balance redemption and shame. Their MySpace page: "While many loud rockers reop...

  • 9 years ago

    It's been an amazing decade for teenpop, and it's amazing right now, Aly & AJ's "Rush" coming in at the end of last year and the Veronicas' "4ever" this year, each with absolutely piercing penetrating X-ray harmonies, as vibrant and insanely sweet...