The Best Albums of 2019, #17

17. Louise Burns, Portraits (Light Organ) This past decade Louise Burns has steadily established herself as one of the better singer-songwriters in Western Canada. Sadly, when you’re one of the better singer-songwriters in Western Canada, it’s not exactly easy to get the tastemakers in Toronto to notice. It’s not fair that Burns should be tagged […]

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The Best Tracks of 2018, #2

2. Robyn, “Missing U” “Can’t make sense of all of the pieces of my own delusions,” Robyn sings on her masterful comeback single, “Can’t take all these memories / Don’t know how to use ‘em.” In one sense, it’s the classic Robyn narrative that permeated such classic singles as “Dancing on My Own” and “Call […]

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The Best Albums of 2018, #4

4. Robyn, Honey (Konichiwa) In the eight years between her last two albums, pop music felt empty without Robyn. Her metamorphosis from teenaged Max Martin-produced pop star to trend-setting auteur is the stuff of legend, and you’d be hard pressed to find another artist who equals her in terms of vision. She has always been […]

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The Best Tracks of 2018, #14

14. Zara Larsson, “Ruin My Life” With well over one billion streams (what’s that, ten bucks in royalties?) Zara Larsson is quickly ascending to pop star status, and her first single since 2017’s So Good sets the stage for global domination. There’s not much to the song – it’s textbook songwriting dynamics with cool skittering […]

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