Avril Lavigne’s origin story would be the perfect American fairytale if it wasn’t so undeniably Canadian. She grew up in Napanee, Ontario, a small town best known for its proximity to the country’s largest highway and its selection of fine truck stops. She sang Pentecostal hymns in her family’s church and performed in local productions of Godspell and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. It was little more than an average, provincial life.
Carrie Underwood built one of the most consistent careers in country music on songs about other people. She named her last album Storyteller for a reason: she likes booming power ballads, rowdy revenge tales and slices of life from the American countryside. Her personal life has never been part of her appeal. (“I’m not a center-of-attention kind of person,” she told the Today show earlier this year.)
Drake was hiding a child. He’d like you to believe he kept his son a secret to protect him from the slings and arrows of gossip blogs and internet commenters. On Pusha-T’s venomous diss track “The Story of Adidon,” he suggested Drake was biding his time until he could make his baby the centerpiece of a marketing campaign for his new line of Adidas clothing. His motives may still be up for debate, but the heart of it is undeniable.
@john_lasater I haven't yet, would love to sometime... to me, hearing it feels like slipping into a 40 minute dream, it's at its best as one giant suite. it also feels like an alternative, individual expression of ideas about identity, power, and pride. nothing else like it!
@MarkRichardson@CaseyNewton@pitchfork right, the messiness is part of the appeal. Channel Orange is so full of ambition, big ideas, connections... with Blonde, it's like realizing there are no neat or easy answers, it's just you and other people out here. it's as close as music gets to "holy" for me