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Review: BoA – BoA (The First Album)

Posted in Reviews with tags , on March 16, 2009 by thearmoredstereo

Taking a short look into the formula that has brought star after star into the forefront makes breaking into the American market seem childish in complexity. All an artist has to do is get in with the best producers and get their label to actually care about promoting them, two very simple tasks. However they are undeniably hard to execute. Luckily for BoA, both seemed to be within her grasp, allowing her to get the likes of Sean Garrett and Bloodshy & Avant interested in working with her. The strange thing is while BoA managed to score the aid of some top producers, she didn’t exactly leave the studio with top songs- BoA is a painfully average debut, featuring inconsistent production quality, cheap lyrics, and a voice that sometimes sounds out of place.

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Review: Utada – This Is The One

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on March 15, 2009 by thearmoredstereo

Popping the dent the failure of Exodus left in her ego, Utada, with the aid of some powerful producers (Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream) , picks up the pieces with This Is The One and proves that she is serious about releasing quality music for the English-speaking crowd. The tracks are radio friendly for the most part, and still manage to retain their ‘Utadaness,’ the unique quality that has made her a staple in the Japanese music industry for years now.

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Review: Kerli – Love Is Dead

Posted in Reviews with tags , on July 1, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Love Is Dead is a debut effort full of imaginative melodies and interesting lyrics that allow Kerli‘s unique character and charisma to come through at full blast. And if the haunting picture on the album jacket doesn’t grab your attention, rest assured that the songs on the album will.

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Review: Vanessa Hudgens – Identified

Posted in Reviews with tags , on June 28, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

After the enviable success of her post-High School Musical projects, it’s safe to say that Vanessa Hudgens doesn’t need to make much noise to get attention. The fans she’s gained over the years lie in wait for her to speak- hoping for something new that they’ll enjoy as much as they did the last. And Identified is not that.

Hudgens’ sophomore effort is noticeably energetic and G-rated. But, even more so, it’s bland, confused, and far too easy to walk away from.

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Artist Update: Vanessa Hudgens’ Identified Preview

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , on June 23, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Vanessa Hudgens‘ sophomore album, Identified, has recently been made available for preview and, after hearing it, I am not excited for this record. It sounds like a disaster.

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Artist Update: Girlicious Perform “Like Me” At 2008 MMVA’s

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , on June 16, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

I’ve been feeling “Like Me” since the moment I heard it. Both it and “Stupid Shit” are great songs, but I’m dying to hear them do a mid-tempo or a ballad. So, basically, the wait for the album is killing me.

Girlicious performed at the 2008 Much Music Video Awards in Canada this past weekend and the performance was, just, alright. Very little of the singing was actually live, but the dancing was good, and the girls looked great.  

There is even a surprise toward the end of the song. I think you’ll all enjoy it.

Watch the performance after the jump…

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Review: Keri Hilson – Energy (Single)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on June 15, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Keri Hilson‘s story is similar to that of The-Dream and Sean Garrett. For years, she has been behind the scenes writing hits for artists other than herself: Chingy, Britney Spears, Ciara, but she is finally on her way to stepping out and getting her own chance to hog the spotlight.

Ironically, on her debut single, “Energy,” Keri had no role in the creation of the track and has left all of the heavy-lifting to the Runawayz. It irks me that someone capable of doing for themselve is having other people work for them, but the song is good, regardless, so, I forgive.

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