10. Stars Dance by Selena Gomez
“Every night is my birthday…” sings the all grown-up Selena Gomez before bursting into “Can we take it nice and slow?… I just wanna feel your body right next to mine, all night long…”. Damn, girl! Slow Down! Stars Dance is a madness of dancey and a very nice tunes turned into a record to sing along with friends.
Highlights: “Slow Down”, “Like A Champion”, “Come & Get It”, “Write Your Name”.
9. In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery by Capital Cities
“You can be my luck…” the most gorgeous duo ever has as its signature song, but don’t let them fool you. This album is a very great anthem box.
Highlights: “I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo”, “Kangaroo Court”, “Farrah Fawcett Hair”, and of course “Safe And Sound”.
8. Frame By Frame by Cassadee Pope
From leader vocalist of a pop band to a promising star in country music, Cassadee left the “Homecoming” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance” anthems of Hey Monday! To pursue a solo career (thanks, The Voice USA) and Frame By Frame is a very solid country album, like a grown up and more emotional version of some Taylor Swift thing.
Highlights: “Proved You Wrong”, “You Hear A Song”, “One Song Away” and of course the hit “Wasting All These Tears”.
7. The Electric Lady by Janelle Monáe
More suites from the ArchAndroid girl herself, miss Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe who goes all intro-ish with this conceptual álbum that is… A-MAZING, buddies. All the overtures and interludes are just the pause that this woman needs to tell us the next step of the fugitive she’s become to give us really great music.
Highlights: “Givin Em What They Love”, “Electric Lady”, “Ghetto Woman”, “Dance Apocalyptic”, “Whan An Experience”, and the very genius “Q.U.E.E.N.”.
6. ARTPOP by Lady Gaga
“Free my mind ARTPOP… you can make my heart stop” chanted Gaga at the iTunes Festival and because of that song I became a believer again: this record is fun, groovy and exciting but nothing compared to The Fame of even Born This Way greatness.
Highlights: “G.U.Y.”, “ARTPOP”, “Fashion!”, “Dope”, Gypsy” and the totally badass “Do What U Want”. None for “Applause”, bye.
5. Britney Jean by The Legendary Miss Britney Spears
They promised Blackout 2.0 and that never came. Like for real. We all know will.i.am was the responsible of the weirdness (and flop) of the álbum, but at least Britney seemed happy when talking about how “personal” was for her (hey, she has a writing credit in every-single-song, yay!). This wasn’t her Ray Of Light but at least it was not a total disappointment (I’m seeing you JT).
Highlights: “Body Ache”, “Brightest Morning Star”, “Till Its Gone”, “Alien” and the sassy “Work Bitch”.
4. Avril Lavigne by, well, Avril Lavigne.
If Goodbye Lullaby was her most nostalgic album, this went on crack and I loved it: “When it’s you and me we don’t need no one to tell us who to be…” deep, right? So Avril goes onto singing about how bitching summer can be and how heartbreak is hard on everyone, even if you’re famous. There’s even a song named after Hllo Kitty. LOL No, EPIC LOL She is the motherfucking princess.
Highlights: “Give You What You Like”, “Hello Heartache”, “Sipping On Sunshine”, “Let Me Go” and of course the epic “Rock N Roll”.
3. Girl Who Got Away by Dido
“No love without freedom… no freedom without love”, sang Dido with the most chilling and nostalgic voice ever, cause everything about Girl Who Got Away is about memories, what you do and how you deal with them. Except for “End Of Night”, ‘cause its everything but nostalgic: ITS INCREDIBLE. The Dido from No Angel emerged from the ashes and the shadows of her other albums to create this amazing piece.
Highlights: “No Freedom”, “Blackbird”, “Love To Blame”, “Day Before We Went To War”, “Happy New Year” and the epic “End Of Night”.
2. Trouble by Natalia Kills
Everything about this albums creams perfection in a way just Natalia can handle: from the brilliant entrance of the “Television” track and the “We Will Rock You”-esque beat in “Problem” to the personal struggle imprint in the following tracks and that you can almost feel in “Saturday Night” and “Marlboro Lights”, sorrow that ends triumphantly with the track that makes us notice even more and want to be in “Trouble” with Miss Natalia.
Highlights: just put play and listen to it. You’re welcome.
1. PRISM by the queen of pop hits, Katy Perry
What can I say about the religious experience and divine approach that is Prism? Yes, “Roar” is totally the wrong song to start the album but it gets better instantly with the oriental beats of “Legendary Lovers” that goes all the way around in the very LA sound of “Birthday” (I always picture a beach-kinda video for this one) and then we go all Cher-ish with the absolutely thrilling “Walking On Air” that literally gets you dancing on air, on the floor, on a chair… you know what I mean.
There’s certainly a sort of magic in “Dark Horse”, “International Smile” and “Spiritual”, but even the most tragic and breath-taking track, “By The Grace Of God” is a love letter from our beloved Katy. She suffered in and before her marriage just like millions around the world and survived the experience just like everybody else (“Ghost”).
And just like millions she likes to party too (“This Is How We Do”), she’s still capable of love (“Unconditionally”), and be very strong and independent (“Roar”). This is a very lovely record, a very personal one, a very special gift from her to the world.
Highlights: everything above plus “It Takes Two” and the PERFECT ANTHEM “Choose Your Battles”, what a way to close a record.