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The 20/20 Experience - 2 Of 2In 2013, Justin Timerlake continues the journey of his critically acclaimed and worldwide best-selling album of the year, The 20/20 Experience with the release of The 20/20 Experience - 2 Of 2 on RCA Records.
The album features 11 all new tracks written and produced by Justin that explore the sonic boundaries fans discovered with the music found on the previous release. Collaborating once again with Justin is longtime producer Timbaland. The album's soulful first single, Take Back The Night was written by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome J-Roc Harmon and James Fauntleroy and was Timbaland, Justin Timerlake and Jerome J-Roc Harmon.LP 1
1. Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want)
2. True Blood
5. Take Back The Night
1. Drink You Away
2. You Got In On
4. Only When I Walk Away
5. Not A Bad Thing$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Magna Carta... Holy GrailTip-On Style Gatefold Sleeve
Printed Lyric Sheet Insert
LP includes a HIDDEN limited edition flexi-disc postcard with an exclusive non-album bonus track ''Open Letter'' hidden under the artwork on the back cover - you will need to cut open the record jacket to get this, as shown here: https://youtu.be/sNwYwJTxWJ0
Already Platinum. Impeccable design. Although this is one of the more talked about records of his career, there's no doubt that this is a testament to JAY Z's diligence, entrepreneurship, and artistic vision. Picking up where Watch The Throne left off, Magna Carta Holy Grail is JAY Z's twelfth studio album, and a portrait of an emcee embracing fatherhood, marriage, and striking a balance between a past spent coming up and a future shuffling around the top. The LP also includes a limited edition flexi-disc postcard of exclusive non-album track ''Open Letter'' hidden under the artwork on the back cover. Production is helmed largely by J-Roc, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy and others, while featuring performances by BeyoncÉ, Rick Ross, Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean, Nas, and more. With MCHG, JAY Z understands that hip hop is starting to enjoy the same clout as fine art and, even better, hip hop is alive, a part of the world, evolving, and not cordoned off in a museum. Play it forward and grab a copy now.LP1
1. Holy Grail (ft. Justin Timberlake)
2. Picasso Baby*
3. Tom Ford*
4. FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt (ft. Rick Ross)
5. Oceans (ft. Frank Ocean)
3. Part II (On The Run)* (ft. BeyoncÉ)
4. Beach Is Better
5. BBC** (ft. Nas)
6. JAY Z Blue*
7. La Familia*
8. Nickels and Dimes
* Produced by Timbaland
** Produced by Pharrell Williams$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Man Of The WoodsTen-time Grammy® winner and four-time Emmy® winner Justin Timberlake is set to release his fourth studio album, Man of the Woods via RCA Records.
Man of the Woods marks Timberlake's most ambitious album to date, both sonically and lyrically. Combining the sounds of traditional American rock with the modern influences of collaborators The Neptunes, Timbaland, Chris Stapleton, and Alicia Keys, this new material explores storytelling inspired by his son, his wife, and his personal journey from Memphis to where he is today.
Multi-talented actor and musician Justin Timberlake has sold over 32 million albums worldwide, sold out arenas all across the globe, received numerous awards and nominations and has wildly become one of the most highly respected entertainers in the business.
All three of Timberlake's solo albums (Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience) have received various platinum or multi-platinum certifications worldwide. In the US, Timberlake has received five #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 with seventeen being in the top ten as well as garnered the most Mainstream Top40 Top 10's among solo males in the chart's 25-year history (18 total).
Most recently, Timberlake released the 4X platinum-selling song "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" from the film TROLLS which debuted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, became the singer's first #1 debut on the chart and ultimately the best-selling US single for 2016. Additionally, it marked Timberlake's tenth Grammy Award® and garnered a nomination for an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award®.
A gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN and SHREK THE THIRD. He won strong reviews for his performance in Oscar®-nominated THE SOCIAL NETWORK. His other credits include BAD TEACHER, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, IN TIME, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, RUNNER RUNNER, TROLLS and WONDER WHEEL. Timberlake has also won four Emmys for his appearances on "Saturday Night Live."1. Filthy
2. Midnight Summer Jam
4. Man of the Woods
5. Higher, Higher
8. Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys)
9. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)
10. Hers (Interlude)
13. Breeze Off the Pond
14. Livin' Off the Land
15. The Hard Stuff
16. Young Man$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Let Me Talk To You (Prelude)
I Think She Knows (Interlude)
What Goes Around
Comes Around (Interlude)
Chop Me Up
Set The Mood (Prelude)
Until The End Of Time
Losing My Way
(Another Song) All Over Again$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
2. Like I Love You
3. What You Got, (Oh No)
4. Take It From Here
5. Cry Me A River
6. Rock Your Body
7. Nothin' Else
8. Last Night
9. Still on My Brain
10. Take Me Now, (And She Said) - (featuring Janet Jackson)
11. Right For Me
12. Let's Take A Ride
13. Never Again$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
G I R LRedefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early '90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard's Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk's Get Lucky, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, Nelly's Hot in Herre, Jay-Z's I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me), Britney Spears's I'm A Slave 4 U, and Justin Timberlake's Like I Love You.
With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet. He's also created a new way of looking at established stars like SnoopDogg, Madonna, and even the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry for luxury goods brands Louis Vuittonand Moncler. Now, with his latest venture i am OTHER a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and dedicated YouTube channel Williams' vision continues to push pop culture forward.
G I R L is Pharrell's highly anticipated new album, and features the hit single, Happy, an international phenomenon and radio smash. Happy was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). It is nominated for an OSCAR this year for Best Original Song, and Pharrell will perform Happy on the OSCARs on March 2nd, on ABC.
Happy has sold more than 2.3 million tracks worldwide, and has topped the chart in more than 175 countries. Currently in the US, the song generates over 120 million weekly audience impressions across 6 radio formats - Top 40, Rhythm, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA. Happy has also just been certified Platinum.
In addition to the excitement of Pharrell's new album, he just took home four Grammy Awards, including including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year for Daft Punk s Random Access Memories, and Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Duo/Performance for Daft Punk's Get Lucky.1. Marilyn Monroe
2. Brand New (feat. Justin Timberlake)
6. Come Get It Bae (feat. Miley Cyrus)
7. Gust Of Wind (feat. Daft Punk)
8. Lost Queen
9. I Know Who You Are (feat. Alicia Keys)
10. It Girl$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BeyonceBeyoncÉ is the fifth studio album by American recording artist BeyoncÉ.
The 14-song collection features Drunk In Love, a new collaboration with husband Jay Z; Mine, featuring Drake; Superpower, with her I Miss You collaborator Frank Ocean; and Blue, a song with her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
Every song on the album has also been given a video, all of which are included as a DVD. Grown Woman, a promotional cut that Beyonce performed during her Mrs. Carter world tour this year, appears as a bonus video, but did not make the album's track list.
The collaborators on the album vary from the indie and unexpected (Chairlift's Caroline Polacheck co-wrote and produced the slinky No Angel, Sia wrote touching opener Pretty Hurts while a mysterious writer-producer credited as Boots is listed on half the album's tracks as a co-writer) to first-time collabs with Miguel (Rocket), Drake and Noah 40 Shebib (Mine), Hit-Boy (Bey Reel) and Frank Ocean (Superpower) to reunions with Ryan Tedder and The-Dream (XO), Justin Timberlake, Pharrell and Timbaland (Blow).
Directors featured on the music videos include Detail, Jake Nava, Hype Williams, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Åkerlund, Ricky Saiz, Pierre Debusschere, @lilinternet, Francesco Carrozzini, Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein and Todd Tourso. Grown Woman, initially previewed via Pepsi's global spot with Beyonce in April, is featured as a bonus video-only cut, directed by Jake Nava.
- BillboardLP 1
1. Pretty Hurts
3. Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)
5. No Angel
2. Mine (feat. Drake)
4. Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)
5. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)
7. Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)
1. Pretty Hurts
4. Drunk In Love
6. No Angel
18. Grown Woman (Bonus Video)$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + DVD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The 20/20 Experience2013 release, the third solo album from the Grammy and Emmy winning Pop superstar, actor and former member of N*Sync. The 20/20 Experience is the long-awaited follow-up to his album FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). The album features collaborations with producers Timbaland and Jerome J-Roc Harmon as well as a guest appearance from rapper Jay-Z on the album's first single 'Suit & Tie'.1 Pusher Love Girl
2 Suit & Tie (ft. Jay Z)
3 Don't Hold the Wall
4 Strawberry Bubblegum
5 Tunnel Vision
6 Spaceship Coupe
7 That Girl
8 Let the Groove Get In
10 Blue Ocean$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cupid DeluxeBlood Orange aka DevontÉ Hynes returns with his brand new album Cupid
Deluxe, his follow up to the acclaimed Coastal Grooves. The album features
guest performances by David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Caroline Polachek
(Chairlift), Samantha Urbani (Friends), Clams Casino, Despot, Adam Bainbridge
(Kindness), Skepta and many more. The album was produced entirely by Dev
and mixed by the acclaimed engineer Jimmy Douglass (Justin Timberlake, Jay
Z, Missy Elliott and many more).
"Chamakay is a weightless mid-tempo glide, a stark gem from an artist who's
ready for a star turn."
"The LP's first single is an absolutely lovely airy midtempo groove"
- Stereogum1. Chamakay
2. You're Not Good Enough
3. Uncle Ace
4. No Right Thing
5. It Is What It Is
7. Clipped On
8. Always Let U Down
9. On The Line
10. High Street
11. Time Will Tell$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LP Sealed Buy Now
Unorthodox JukeboxIn October 2012, Mars premiered the first single, Locked Out of Heaven, from his highly-anticipated sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox. On October 20th, Mars made his comeback to national television when he joined the elite club of hosts and performers for Saturday Night Live alongside the likes of Mick Jagger, Justin Timberlake and Elton John. Mars not only showcased his comedic talent to the millions watching, but also debuted the first live performance of Locked Out of Heaven and premiered a brand new song, Young Girls, from the historic stage in New York City.1. Young Girls
2. Locked Out Of Heaven
6. When I Was Your Man
8. Show Me
9. Money Make Her Smile
10. If I Knew$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Inside Llewyn Davis SoundtrackNonesuch Records releases the soundtrack to Inside Llewyn Davis. Written and directed by Academy Award© winners Joel and Ethan Coen and produced by Scott Rudin and Joel and Ethan Coen, the film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, and Justin Timberlake. T Bone Burnett, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen produced the soundtrack, with Marcus Mumford as associate producer. The album includes 12 new recordings made especially for the film and soundtrack plus an existing recording by Dave Van Ronk.
Also featured is a never-before-released version of Bob Dylan performing his song "Farewell," which was recorded during the sessions for his album The Times They Are A-Changin' and is available exclusively on this soundtrack.1. Hang Me, Oh Hang Me - Oscar Isaac
2. Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song) - Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac
3. The Last Thing on My Mind - Stark Sands
4. Five Hundred Miles - Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan and Stark Sands
5. Please Mr. Kennedy - Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver
6. Green, Green Rocky Road - Oscar Isaac
7. The Death of Queen Jane - Oscar Isaac
8. The Roving Gambler - John Cohen with the Down Hill Strugglers
9. The Shoals of Herring - Oscar Isaac
10. The Auld Triangle - Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake and Gabe Witcher
11. The Storms Are on the Ocean - Nancy Blake
12. Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song) - Oscar Isaac
13. Farewell - Bob Dylan
14. Green, Green Rocky Road - Dave Van Ronk$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)From the creators of "Shrek" comes the smart and irreverent comedy Trolls, showcasing the colorful, wondrous world of the always-happy Trolls, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomachs.
Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Russell Brand, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, QuvenzhanÉ Wallis, with John Cleese and Gwen Stefani.1. Hair Up - Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani and Ron Funches
2. CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! (Original Song from DreamWorks Animation's TROLLS) - Justin Timberlake
3. Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E. / It's A Sunshine Day - Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Ron Funches, Walt Dohrn, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Kunal Nayyar
4. Get Back Up Again - Anna Kendrick
5. The Sound Of Silence - Anna Kendrick
6. Hello - Zooey Deschanel
7. I'm Coming Out / Mo' Money Mo' Problems - Zooey Deschanel, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Kunal Nayyar
8. They Don't Know - Ariana Grande
9. True Colors - Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake
10. CAN'T STOP THE FEELING! - Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kunal Nayyar
11. September - Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and Earth, Wind & Fire
12. What U Workin' With? - Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake
13. True Colors - Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take Care (Awaiting Repress)Take Care is the highly anticipated sophomore full-length release from platinum-selling, Grammy nominated recording artist Drake and follow-up to his 2010 breakthrough debut Thank Me Later. The album features guest appearances from The Weekend, Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Stevie Wonder, J. Cole and Nas along with production from the likes of Noah '40' Shebib, The Dream and Timbaland among others.1. Over My Dead Body
2. Shot For Me
4. Crew Love
5. Take Care
6. Marvins Room
7. Under Ground Kings
8. We'll Be Fine
9. Make Me Proud
10. Lord Knows
11. Cameras / Good Ones Go Interlude
12. Doing It Wrong
13. The Real Her
14. Look What You've Done
15. HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right)
16. The Ride
$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Animal FeelingsRafter's latest long player, Animal Feelings, is a Technicolor pop blow-out that recalls Nintendo composer Koji Kondo leading a fantasy camp super-jam with Cody Chesnutt, Justin Timberlake, and the Tom Tom Club. Rafter's history and influences, his dreams and ambition, and his love for love, all come together as a sweet, fun, speaker-blowin', beat-busting ride into the inner-core of pop and R&B music.1. No Fucking Around
2. A Frame
3. Timeless Form, Formless Time
5. Feels Good
6. Animal Feelings
8. Never Gonna Die
9. Only You
10. Love Makes You Happy (When It's Not Making You Sad)
11. Beauty Beauty$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Wack AlbumThe third album from the musical comedy trio featuring Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg plus Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, The Wack Album features Features guest appearances from Solange, Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamarr, T-Pain, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Billie Joe Armstrong, Robyn and others.1. Dramatic Intro
2. Go Kindergarten (feat. Robyn)
3. Hugs (feat. Pharrell Williams)
4. Diaper Money
5. YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)
6. Spell It Out
7. Semicolon (feat. Solange)
8. Where Brooklyn At? (Interlude)
9. You've Got The Look (feat. Hugh Jackman & Kristen Wiig)
10. I'm A Hustler (Song?)
11. Spring Break Anthem
12. I Run NY (feat. Billie Joe Armstrong)
13. I Don't Give A Honk
14. 3-Way (The Golden Rule) (feat. Justin Timberlake & Lady Gaga)
15. Meet The Crew
16. I F****d My Aunt (feat. T-Pain)
17. We Are A Crowd
18. The Compliments (feat. Too $hort)
19. We Need Love
20. Perfect Saturday$25.99Vinyl LP + DVD - Sealed Buy Now
'N Sync (Awaiting Repress)Import
Limited First Pressing Of 2,000 Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Blue Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
'N SYNC is the self-titled debut studio album by American boy band 'N SYNC (also written as N SYNC and NSYNC), originally released in 1997. 'N SYNC consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass.
Singles I Want You Back, Tearin' Up My Heart, Here We Go and For the Girl Who Has Everything became huge chart-busters and the album eventually sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
Although 'N SYNC announced the start of a temporary hiatus in early 2002, the band has not recorded new material since then. Justin Timberlake went on to become a very successful solo artist with several multi-platinum albums. In 2007, Lance Bass confirmed that the group had definitely broken up. They have sold over 70 million albums, becoming the eighth-best-selling boy band in history.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, 'N Sync is now available on vinyl for the first time. The limited edition package includes a 4 page booklet with liner notes, lyrics and pics as well as an exclusive poster. To top it off, the first 2.000 individually numbered copies are pressed on blue vinyl. Strictly limited!1. Tearin' Up My Heart
2. You Got It
4. Crazy For You
6. For The Girl Who Has Everything
7. I Need Love
8. Giddy Up
9. Here We Go
10. Best Of My Life
11. More Than A Feeling
12. I Want You Back
13. Together Again
14. Forever Young$47.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Time30 year old singer-songwriter and producer, Mikky Ekko, has
collaborated with likes of David Guetta, Ryan Tedder, Christina
Aguliera, Rihanna, Clams Casino, just to name a few.
He made his TV debut on the 55th Annual Grammy® Awards,
performing the multi-platinum smash duet "Stay" with Rihanna,
which he co-wrote and produced.
The video for "Stay" has been viewed over 288 million times and
went on to earn a Grammy® nomination for "Best Pop Duo /
Group Vocal Performance" at the 2014 Grammy® Awards!
Mikky's music has been heard on The Hunger Games Soundtrack,
True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, Orange is the New Black, Revenge,
Mikky opened for Justin Timberlake and toured
the US with Jessie Ware.
Recently opened for Echo and the Bunnymen on
their NY concert run.
Mikky co-wrote and is feature vocalist on
Chris Malinchak's new track "Stranger".1. Watch Me Rise
3. Love You Crazy
7. Mourning Doves
8. Burning Doves
10. Pull Me Down
11. Made of Light
12. Loner$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Book Of Love (Soundtrack)
First Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Solid Red Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
The Book Of Love tells the story of an introverted architect named Henry. After the death of his wife in a car accident, he sets out to help Millie, a homeless teen, to build a raft to sail across the Atlantic.
Justin Timberlake, the multi-platinum pop star, actor and owner of handfuls of Grammys and Emmys, composed the orchestral film together with Mitchell Owens.
Justin has always been intrigued by movie scores; "I think when I was a kid I would hear movies more than I would watch them. I saw 'E.T.' at a drive-in with my father, and hearing that main theme to the movie, and how it's used when the bikes take off and they fly over the police barricade, and you hear that sweeping melody - I'll never forget that moment."
His debut composition is nothing but amazing. Justin takes you on a minimalistic reflective trip. The score is emotionally driven and shows pure honesty, which is the most supreme form in which an artist can express himself.LP 1
1. One of Those Stories
4. It's Just Its Nature
5. She Likes the Rain
6. I Designed It
9. That We Matter
11. I'm Sorry
12. The Journal
13. Wink and a Mug
14. The Detritus
15. As Dreamers Do
16. The Munchies
17. As Dreamers Still Do
1. It's a Raft
3. The Ballad of David Pearlman
4. Who Was That?
5. A Phenomena
6. The Whole World Is Crazy
7. Now We Just Need Some Help
8. Really Something
9. Like a Hurricane
10. She Was...
11. The People That Left a Mark
12. The Book of Love Performed by The Shadowboxers
13. We'll Make It
14. It's Just Our Story$33.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The AstonishingThe Astonishing is undisputedly the most ambitious undertaking by a band whose cerebral compositions already define the vanguard of progressive hard rock.
The Astonishing is enriched exponentially by the integration of a real orchestra and choir, arranged by conductor David Campbell, whose work graces over 450 gold and platinum albums, including watershed releases from Adele, Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park, Evanescence, BeyoncÉ, and his son, Beck. The Astonishing was produced by Petrucci with engineering and mixing by Richard Chycki, whose resume includes work with Rush, Aerosmith, and Mick Jagger. Other organic sounds are more abundant than at any point in the band's history, with Rudess in particular relishing the tones from a grand piano and Hammond organ.
Like Tommy or The Wall, the songs on The Astonishing work as both singular compositions and overall story components. Writing the music as a duo, Petrucci and Rudess venture into unexplored corners of their sound without sacrificing their musical identity.LP 1
1. Descent Of The NOMACS
2. Dystopian Overture
3. The Gift Of Music
4. The Answer
5. A Better Life
6. Lord Nafaryus
7. A Savior In The Square
8. When Your Time Has Come
9. Act Of Faythe
1. Three Days
2. The Hovering Sojourn
3. Brother, Can You Hear Me?
4. A Life Left Behind
7. A Tempting Offer
8. Digital Discord
1. The X Aspect
2. A New Beginning
3. The Road To Revolution
4. 2285 Entr'acte
5. Moment Of Betrayal
6. Heaven's Cove
7. Begin Again
1. The Path That Divides
2. Machine Chatter
3. The Walking Shadow
4. My Last Farewell
5. Losing Faythe
6. Whispers On The Wind
7. Hymn Of A Thousand Voices
8. Our New World
9. Power Down
10. Astonishing$99.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
True RomanceOver the past few years, Charli has released a series of singles and mixtapes, toured the globe supporting the likes of Coldplay, Santigold, Sleigh Bells and Justice and garnered champions from practically every tastemaker blog and magazine on both sides of the Atlantic. She's had 2.5 million views on YouTube, 470k views of new video for 'You (Ha Ha Ha)' (in one month) and over 630k total plays on Soundcloud. It's hard to believe someone so young could achieve so much. Through it all her main focus has always been on making the best possible album she could. This was made possible by working with some fantastic collaborators who helped hone her vision for a dark, emotional pop record including Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Major Lazer, Solange), Patrik Berger (Lana del Rey, Robyn) as well as hotly tipped blog favourites Blood Diamonds and J£zus Millions.
As well as being an artist in her own right, Charli has written and featured on one of the biggest global breakthrough hits of 2012 for Icona Pop. I Love It created an absolute frenzy stateside, having blown up all over the world.
True Romance shares its title with an unbelievably well-cast 1993 movie written by Quentin Tarantino, who was reassembling cultural detritus way before mash-ups and microblogging. Charli XCX's approach to pop is similarly postmodern (how 90s does that sound?), pulling from moody 80s synth-pop, sassy turn-of-the-millennium girl groups, and state-of-the-art contemporary producers to create something distinctive and immediately memorable. She clearly understands the internet, having shared two original mixtapes and two influences mixtapes before her official full-length, but this carefully pruned set is no data dump. And there you'll see a glimmer of True Romance's most throwback aspect: its evident pop ambition, an overriding sense of an imagined mass audience for music that's radio-ready yet outsider-friendly. It's almost like Napster-- and the filler-crammed album sales model that preceded it-- never happened.
In fact, by the time Charli XCX was a teenage electro-house devotee, illegal file-sharing's early free-for-all had already given way to iTunes and other legal download services. Robyn had already released her self-titled comeback album. So it might be only natural that Charli XCX would keep the pre-bubble faith that people will pay for emotionally direct, bubblegum-catchy, yet stubbornly left-of-center songs about falling in and out of love. But the generous hooks on the previously released singles here, such as the gospel-kissed prechorus of the yearning Stay Away or the Santigold-savvy lilt of love-and-the-bomb brooder Nuclear Seasons, are extraordinarily welcome just the same. Even better are newer singles such as the gorgeously bitter You (Ha Ha Ha), which inhabits its cloud-rappy Gold Panda sample like they were made for each other, and the almost-as-gorgeously blissful What I Like, which recounts a still-young relationship with the cheeky frankness of Lily Allen or the Streets, and the sing-songy near-rapping of the Spice Girls.
The several songs on True Romance that hadn't previously surfaced in videos or other releases aren't quite as strong, but they're effective enough to suggest Charli XCX's best work might still be ahead of her. The Todd Rundgren-sampling So Far Away, with the sun-dappled lushness of the Avalanches, is a clear highlight; Charli XCX's vocals are usually plain-spoken, but the anguished break-up plea Set Me Free proves she can reach for Jessie Ware-like dramatics when appropriate. The pitch-shifting no one is forever intro added at the start of opener Nuclear Seasons probably should've been given its own track-- and later on the album it is, when the same backing vocal forms the base of the cloudy, broken-hearted Grins. Elsewhere, the haunted confession How Can I, while solid enough, is a reminder that Charli XCX's lyrics so far tend to fall relatively flat; when, on swooning finale Lock You Up, she sings, It hits me like a ton of bricks, she leaves the clichÉ untweaked.
And then there's Cloud Aura, a lovelorn, engagingly laid-back bit of groove that lets Grimes' Genesis video co-star Brooke Candy rap horribly about Chris Brown. Candy's guest verse previously appeared on 2012's uneven Super Ultra mixtape, and it was near-universally panned. It isn't any better now. But in an era when too many up-and-comers are all too eager to please, this stubborn refusal to back down displays another quality in short supply: genuine irreverence. The songwriting and production credits on True Romance include Usher's Climax co-conspirator Ariel Rechtshaid and I Love It collaborator Patrick Berger, among others, who also share some credit (and blame). But like 90s pop stars turned 10s pop sophisticates Justin Timberlake and BeyoncÉ, Charli XCX stamps her personality across the entire project, and True Romance suggests she'll be worth following for a while.
- Marc Hogan, Pitchfork1. Nuclear Seasons
2. You (Ha Ha Ha)
3. Take My Hand
4. Stay Away
5. Set Me Free (Feel My Pain)
7. So Far Away
8. Cloud Aura
9. What I Like
10. Black Roses
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