Week in Review 9-7-2013

It’s been a fun first week of reviews. Here’s a recap of where we’ve been. I’ll also add a scale of 1 to 10 rating.

1.1 blurred lines ROBIN THICKE Feat. T.I. + PHARRELL rating: 9.0

Although it could be argued it had an unfair head start due to its Marvin Gaye source material, this record is an instant classic, an irresistible slab of rhythm with dynamic, effortless production by Pharrell.

1.2 roar KATY PERRY rating 7.5

Endlessly agreeable and admirably spunky, Katy’s lead-off single for Prism solidifies her status as the mainstream diva of the moment. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but it reads a bit bait-and-switch-y after her more edgy introduction to the world at large five years ago.

1.3 we can’t stop MILEY CYRUS rating 9.5

And I can’t stop hearing this song in my head. Miley comes dangerously close to out Rihanna-ing Rihanna in this startlingly self-assured foray into adult R&B/pop.

1.4 applause LADY GAGA rating 8.0

Gaga once again dons her evil genius getup for another goth-dance-pop statement piece. It’s short of mind-blowing, but it’s expertly constructed.

Let’s do it all over again next week.

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