||DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE
by Marc 'Moose' Moder
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Being raised in by a German family in a rural area of the Midwest, you're taught a few things: Always clean your plate; don't borrow money from relatives; nobody wants to hear about your dreams, your health issues or your sex life; and always set expectations really low and you'll be happily surprised when life hands you an earned reward. This way of thinking has served me well in my musical journeys. My high anticipations for The Jacksons' Victory following MJ's Thriller were dashed, while my lack of deep knowledge of Prince served me well when it came out at the same time as Purple Rain, which turned out to be my second all-time favorite LP. Soon all my boy-room posters of Michael and Olivia Newton-John were replaced by The Time, Prince, Vanity and Apollonia ( to fool my parents ).
Lately I've been disappointed and thrilled in equal partsas mentioned in previous columnswith Kylie's phoned in Kiss Me Once following two decades of great albums. I've truly enjoyed the last three Britney Spears albums despite that fact that she's not even pretended to be a real singer/songwriter/musician. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry also suffered recently from a case of fans expecting the world and getting mostly a lateral move. Both albums were good, but soon faded from memory. If you start with the expectation of someone always bringing forth genius, at some point they'll let you down. If you come from a place of "what is this steaming pile gonna sound like?," an open mind could lead you to appreciate someone who was underappreciated for more than you thought.
Pharrell Williams and Jason Derulo have been bumping around the R&B and hip-hop world for years now with varying degrees of success behind and in front of the mic without that level of stardom contemporaries like JT and Bruno Mars have achieved. This month, both have released well-rounded, thought out LPs that could change all that. GIRL by Pharrell even out dafts Daft Punk's Grammy-award-winning R.A.M. album, from which Pharrell leapt off with this recording. Derulo, who's mostly been a poppier Usher rip-off has embraced his dirty side with the fun Talk Dirty collection. While you shouldn't expect a full booty album, it does have other hot moments for the clubs, and a variety that will still work for his pop fans too.
This tactic scares me with upcoming projects by Mariah Carey, Kesha, and Adele supposedly happening. Right now, all three should be on high alert that we expect the world after the wait and the false starts. My advice, keep tossing out those dud singles and playing the glam over-sexed cougar, Mariah, and when you do drop your LP in 2023, we'll all be happily shocked that you've still got it in you to make a well-crafted set. See Beyoncé for some thoughts on that.
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