Today is a happier Tuesday for me than usual, mostly because I’m certain I was witness to an early Christmas/Hanukah miracle involving a neighbor’s dog. Thanks to everyone for sending me good vibes via Twitter and Facebook. For that, and for all of you just joining me from week to week in our love of music, I am incredibly thankful. Group hug!
Robyn — Body Talk Pt. 3 (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope)
The top spot this week goes to the Swedish queen of indie dance-pop who has been singing sweet everythings into my ear for the past year as she has slowly released all three magical parts of her finished album. Every jam is a winner, which means when you own the album you are a winner. You can buy the entire album for $3.99 on Amazon right now, so stop whatever you’re doing right now (yes stop reading this, you can come back to me later) and pick it up. You’re welcome.
Nicki Minaj — Pink Friday (Cash Money/Young Money)
The long awaited Nicki Minaj album is finally here and I’ll leave it to you to decide whether all the built-up hype has been worth it. What I’ve heard has been catchy – not on par with Missy Elliott or anything, but definitely Lil’ Kim caliber. She’s also got a pretty impressive guest stars including Eminem, Kanye, Drake, Rihanna, will.i.am and, from out of nowhere, Natasha Bedingfield.
Eliza Doolittle — Eliza Doolittle (EMI)
The pop newcomer from the UK actually does a really great job of mixing cutesy retro soul with a bit of glam new wave. While it’s not a new concept, I think she does a really nice job in execution. If you dig Lily Allen or Kate Nash I think you’ll enjoy Eliza.
Ke$ha — Cannibal (RCA/Kemosabe Entertainment)
If you’re a fan of auto-tuned songs that all sound the same, you’re in luck! I’m not trying to knock you down if you really do like that kind of music, you’re in good company (her song, “We R Who We R,” is number 2 on the iTunes singles chart right now). Has anyone been able to prove that she and Katy Perry aren’t the same person?
Various artists — Burlesque sountrack(RCA)
This soundtrack is like a gay man’s dream come true, so if you don’t get it for yourself, buy it for your best gay. From what I’ve heard, this album is perfect for anyone who loved Christina Aguilera’s single, “Candyman.” Also, Cher. That is all.
Honorable Mentions: Anthrax, Calle 13, Kevin Eubanks, David “Rock” Feinstein, Mason Jennings, My Chemical Romance, Ne-Yo, Röyksopp, Smashing Pumpkins, Sting, Kanye West (Pitchfork gave this album a 10.0 – I can’t believe it), Jay-Z, Elephant Revival, Bow Wow and Los Tigres del Norte.
That’s all for this week, my friends. For those of you who have pets, go home and give them huge hugs tonight and for those of you who don’t, hug something else instead.