Archive of Pop Music Reviews from 2006
Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
This first single from 'Back to Basics' is a blend of vintage jazz influences with contemporary hip hop sensibilities.
Christina Aguilera - Back to Basics
This album includes the hit single "Ain't No Other Man."
Christina Aguilera - Hurt
Christina Aguilera's "Hurt" is the second single from her album 'Back to Basics.' It is a collaboration with producer/songwriter Linda Perry.
Clay Aiken - A Thousand Different Ways
This is Clay Aiken's second non-holiday studio album. It is the followup to 'Measure of a Man.' The album is primarily cover versions of pop love songs.
Clay Aiken - Without You
This is the first single from the album 'A Thousand Different Ways.' The song originated as an album cut for the band Badfinger, but Harry Nilsson had a #1 pop hit with a remake and Mariah Carey hit #3 with the song in 1994.
All-American Rejects - Dirty Little Secret
Includes discussion of the use of PostSecrets in the music video for "Dirty Little Secret."
All-American Rejects - Move Along
This is the second single from the album 'Move Along' and follows the top 5 pop hit "Dirty Little Secret."
American Idol Season 5 Encores
This album features performances from all 12 finalists for American Idol Season 5.
Ashley Parker Angel - Let U Go
Ashley Parker Angel is a former member of O-Town. This is his first solo single.
Ashley Parker Angel - Soundtrack to Your Life
This is the first solo album by the former O-Town member.
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Arctic Monkeys' debut album.
Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
The debut album by the British singer-songwriter. The album features the hit single 'These Words.'
Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten (Single)
The second U.S. single from Natasha Bedingfield. It's an anthemic pop tune about self-determination that breaks into a rousing gospel chorus in the end.
Beyonce featuring Jay-Z - Deja Vu
The first single from Beyonce's upcoming album 'B-Day' is reviewed. Raps from Beyonce's partner Jay-Z are featured. Production is from Rodney Jerkins.
Beyonce featuring Slim Thug - Check On It
This is the second single from the Destiny's Child compilation album '#1's.' It is also featured in the film 'The Pink Panther' to be released in early 2006.
Mary J. Blige - Be Without You
The first single from the album 'The Breakthrough.'
Mary J. Blige - The Breakthrough
This album features "One," a duet with U2 and "About You" featuring vocals from Nina Simone.
James Blunt - Back to Bedlam
This album includes the hit single "You're Beautiful"
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
A beautiful, simple song about the aching pain of a love at first sight that will never bear fruit.
Chris Brown - Run It!
The first single by Chris Brown, 16-year-old upcoming star on Jive Records. The single features Def Jam recording artist Juelz Santana.
Chris Brown - Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
The second single from Chris Brown's self-titled debut album.
Mariah Carey - Don't Forget About Us
"Don't Forget About Us" follows three single releases from Mariah Carey's smash hit album 'The Emancipation Of Mimi.' It is another collaboration with producer/songwriter/performer Jermaine Dupri.
Mariah Carey - The Emancipation Of Mimi
Review of Mariah Carey's chart-topping comeback album 'The Emancipation Of Mimi.' The album includes strong assists from Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, and the Neptunes.
Mariah Carey featuring Snoop Dogg - Say Somethin'
This song is produced by the Neptunes. The accompanying video was filmed in Paris.
Cassie - Me & U
This is the first single from model turned singer Cassie.
Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
"Because Of You," is the 4th single from the album 'Breakaway.' The song was co-written with Ben Moody and David Hodges, formerly of the group Evanescence.
Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away
This is the 5th single from the album 'Breakaway.' The song was co-written by Clarkson, Kara DioGuardi, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Raine Maida.
Danity Kane - Danity Kane
The self-titled first album from the group Danity Kane, is reviewed. The group was formed during 3 seasons of the MTV reality show 'Making the Band.'
Eminem - When I'm Gone
This song by Eminem provides an argument for hanging up the microphone wrapped in family responsibilities.
Eminem featuring Nate Dogg - Shake That
This second single from 'Curtain Call' features Nate Dogg on vocals.
Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober
This is the first single from the album 'The Open Door.'
Fall Out Boy - Dance, Dance
This is Fall Out Boy's second single from the album 'From Under the Cork Tree.' The video for the song features bassist Pete Wentz in a starring role at a high school homecoming dance.
Fergie - London Bridge
This first single from the solo album 'The Duchess' was co-written by Sean Garrett and produced by Polow the Don.
Fort Minor - Where'd You Go
Featuring Holly Brook and Jonah Matanga on vocals, this song deals with the loneliness of having a family member away from home for an extended period of time.
Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable
This is Foxx's first album following his feature role in Kanye West's #1 hit "Gold Digger"
Nelly Furtado - Maneater
"Maneater" is Nelly Furtado's second single from the album 'Loose' in the US. It was the first single from the album in the UK and a smash #1 hit there.
Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland - Promiscuous
This is the first single from Nelly Furtado's album 'Loose.'
Teddy Geiger - For You I Will (Confidence)
This is the first single from the album 'Underage Thinking' and the first hit single by 17-year-old Geiger.
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
The first single by Gnarls Barkley, a joint project of Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo.
Goo Goo Dolls - Better Days
"Better Days" is the first studio work by Goo Goo Dolls in 3 years.
Gorillaz - Dare
The second single from the hit album 'Demon Days.'
Green Day - Bullet in a Bible
CD and DVD package of concerts filmed in front of 65,000 fans at Milton Keynes, UK in June, 2005.
Josh Groban - Awake
Josh Groban's Awake is his 3rd studio album. It includes the first single "You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)."
Hawthorne Heights - If Only You Were Lonely
Hawthorne Heights' second album.
Taylor Hicks - Do I Make You Proud
The first single from Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol Season 5. This is the song chosen for his debut release backed with a version of the Doobie Brothers classic "Takin' It to the Streets."
Paris Hilton - Paris
This album includes the hit single "Stars are Blind" as well as a remake of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy."
Paris Hilton - Stars Are Blind
This is the first single from Paris Hilton's upcoming album 'Paris.' It is a simple, straightforward reggae-pop tune.
Janet Jackson - 20 Y.O.
The title of Janet Jackson's 20 Y.O. recognizes that it's been 20 years since her breakthrough album 'Control.' The songs on the album are produced by long-time collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as Jermaine Dupri.
Janet Jackson with Nelly - Call On Me
This is the first single from the upcoming album '20 Years Old.' Jermaine Dupri produced the song with songwriting assistance from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Jibbs - Chain Hang Low
"Chain Hang Low" is the first pop hit by Jibbs, a teenage rapper from St. Louis. It is constructed around a rewrite of the children's tune "Do Your Ears Hang Low?"
Elton John - The Bridge
This is the first single from the album The Captain and the Kid. The album is a 31-year-later sequel to Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. Both albums deal with the personal and professional lives of songwriting partners Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
Elton John - The Captain & the Kid
Elton John's 'The Captain & the Kid' is a sequel to the classic 'Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.' Many of the songs detail the relationship between Elton John and his long-term songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.
The Killers - Sam's Town
Sam's Town is the second album by Las Vegas band the Killers. It includes the single "When You Were Young."
Nick Lachey - What's Left of Me
This is Nick Lachey's first release after the highly publicized divorce of his wife Jessica Simpson.
Lindsay Lohan - Confessions Of a Broken Heart
Heart-wrenching, emotional song about painful family relationships.
Los Lonely Boys - Sacred
Los Lonely Boys' music is a blend of American roots music from blues to southern Texas conjunto band music. Los Lonely Boys is made up of the 3 Garza brothers.
Madonna - Confessions On a Dancefloor
Madonna's return from the commercial failure of 'American Life'
Madonna - Hung Up
This song is a big embrace of classic disco and dance music.
Big Bundle of Barry Manilow
Review of DVD of Barry Manilow's Las Vegas show as well as reissues of 'Barry Manilow II,' 'Tryin' to Get the Feeling,' and 'Even Now.'
Barry Manilow - The Greatest Songs of the Fifties
Manilow covers a range of songs from rock n roll classics to pop standards.
Barry Manilow - The Greatest Songs of the Sixties
This album follows the #1 pop hit album The Greatest Songs of the Fifties with Barry Manilow versions of classic pop songs.
Matisyahu - Youth
Matisyahu is a Hasidic Jewish man who sings reggae and related sounds. This is his second studio album.
Christina Milian featuring Young Jeezy - Say I
This is the first single from the album 'So Amazin',' is reviewed. The song was recorded with production from Cool and Dre.
Ne-Yo - In My Own Words
This is the first album by the r&b singer-songwriter.
Ne-Yo - So Sick
This single precedes the album 'In My Own Words.'
Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp - Grillz
A celebration of the latest in gold, silver and jewelled dental appliances.
Nickelback - Photograph
This is the leadoff single from the Canadian band's album 'All the Right Reasons.'
Nickelback - Savin' Me
This is the second pop single from the album 'All the Right Reasons.'
Now That's What I Call Music! 22
This set is chock full of top early 2006 pop hits.
Now That's What I Call Music! 23
Review of Now That's What I Call Music! 23. This set is chock full of top summer of 2006 pop hits.
Panic! at the Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
The second Panic! at the Disco single from the album 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.'
Sean Paul - We Be Burnin'
This is the first single from the album 'The Trinity.' Sean Paul's music combines elements of dancehall, hip hop, and reggae.
Pharrell - In My Mind
Pharrell's first solo album includes guest performances from Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, and Nelly.
Pharrell featuring Kanye West - Number 1
An unprecedented collaboration by 2 of the top producers in pop, hip hop and r&b.
Pink - I'm Not Dead
This is Pink's first new album in 2 1/2 years and features the songs "Stupid Girls" and "Dear Mr. President" as well as work with top producers Billy Mann, Butch Walker, and Max Martin.
Pink - Stupid Girls
This song is a response to female celebrities who appear less than intelligent. The song is the first single from Pink's upcoming album 'I'm Not Dead.'
Daniel Powter - Bad Day
This is the first hit single by the Canadian artist. 'American Idol' is using "Bad Day" as a closing theme during season 5.
Daniel Powter - Daniel Powter
Daniel Powter's self-titled album features the hit single "Bad Day."
Prince - 3121
This album seems to split down the middle between stilted reworking of past classic Prince sounds and new songs that are impressively loose and entertaining.
Pussycat Dolls - PCD
It's really a Nicole Scherzinger solo album, but the illusion of a hot sextet of scantily clad women performing sexy pop-dance songs, with a few ballads thrown in, is kept up well.
Pussycat Dolls - Stickwitu
The burlesque stage group hit the top of the pop charts in the summer of 2005 with "Don't Cha." This is their second single.
Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg - Buttons
This is the 4th single from the album 'PCD.'
Pussycat Dolls featuring will.i.am - Beep
This is the 3rd single from the album 'PCD.'
Rihanna - If It's Lovin' That You Want
This is the second single from the 'Music of the Sun' debut album.
Rihanna - Pon De Replay
Review of the single 'Pon De Replay' by Rihanna from Barbados.
Rihanna - S.O.S. (Rescue Me)
This is the lead track from Rihanna's second album. The album will be released in April 2006.
Rihanna - Unfaithful
This song was co-written by Ne-Yo and Stargate, the team behind Ne-Yo's hit "So Sick."
Saving Jane - Girl Next Door
This pop song has been slowly building in popularity across the country.
Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah
Ta-Dah by Scissor Sisters features the #1 UK hit single "I Don't Feel Like Dancing." It also features guest performances from Elton John.
Shakira - Don't Bother
This is the first single from Shakira's English language album 'Oral Fixation Vol. 2.'
Shakira - Oral Fixation, Vol. 2
This is the English-language followup to the Spanish-language 'Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1.'
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
This song is a variant on "Dance Like This," originally recorded by Wyclef Jean with Claudette Ortiz for the 'Havana Nights' movie soundtrack.
Ashlee Simpson - Invisible
"Invisible" is Ashlee Simpson's first single that she did not write herself. The accompanying music video features Ashlee as a female boxer. The song will be included on a re-release of the album 'I Am Me.'
Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair (Album)
This is Jessica Simpson's first album in 3 years. The album consists primarily of 80's inspired dance music.
Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair (Single)
A dance song with sonic similarities to Madonna's classic "Holiday" and a piece from Diana Ross' hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."
Soundtrack - Snakes on a Plane
The Snakes on a Plane soundtrack features remixed versions of songs from several top post-hardcore bands as well as new tracks from Cobra Starship and Cee-Lo
Rod Stewart - Still the Same...Great Rock Classics of Our Time
This is a 13 song set of cover versions of rock songs including "Still the Same," "It's a Heartache," "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," and more.
T-Pain - I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)
The song features raps by Mike Jones. It is the second single from the album 'Rapper Ternt Sanga.'
Justin Timberlake - SexyBack
"SexyBack" is the first single from Justin Timberlake's album 'FutureSex / LoveSounds.'
Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
West effortlessly combines pointed humor with a total command of the wide-ranging vocabulary of popular music.
Robbie Williams - Rudebox 74
"Rudebox 74" takes Robbie Williams on a detour into 80's-influenced dance music.