Celine Dion – Loved Me Back To Life

Celine Dion - Loved Me Back To Life

While Celine Dion‘s voice is unmistakably recognizable, her eleventh english-language album is less so. Loved Me Back To Life is vastly different for the French-Canadian singer when comparing the material she has released over the last two decades.

The master of the love ballad and the queen of cheesy soft pop, Celine Dion takes a long overdue approach to providing a slightly more modern sound in her music that incorporates styles used by some of the biggest pop stars of today.

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One Direction – Midnight Memories

One Direction - Midnight Memories

Having never jumped on the boy band bandwagon before, I know that I’m out of One Direction‘s target audience. Yet, they’re still intriguing because, while they’re a singing group, they’re also celebrities who cater to teenage fans just like the boy bands of a decade ago, and the decade before that.

Like boy bands of years gone, One Direction will one day serve as a form of nostalgia for today’s youth who will listen back to these songs and longingly say their era of teen pop was the best. Admittedly I can now say a decade and a half later that some hits by the Backstreet Boys are some of my 90s guilty pleasures. So while I’m not the intended audience for 1D, I was once part of an age group for similar acts.

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Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Much has happened for Montreal band Arcade Fire since their last record in 2010, including winning the Album of the Year Grammy and the Polaris Prize for The Suburbs. For the band, once the dust settles on an album, they wipe the slate clean and start over from scratch with a new idea to conquer.

Their fourth album Reflektor is the band’s most challenging record, this time leaving the conquering up to the listener. It’s not a casual record or one you’d throw on just to have music playing.

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