Kylie Minogue – Tension

It doesn’t get any more late adopter than stumbling upon a pop record a year later, and getting hooked on a hit song months after earning a Grammy-award. Anyways, it is what it is. This is a fine classic pop album.

Ulver – Flowers of Evil

This is not an overall great pop rock record. I had to check a few times while listening that I’m still listening to Ulver—this style and sound feels alien for me coming from them. That said, Machine Guns and Peacock Feathers is a flawless pop rock song.

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia

Mainstream pop is one of my least listened to genres of music, that is to say I probably only listen to less harsh noise than radio pop because in the grocery store and the gym they are less likely to have some Merzbow playing.

That said, this Dua Lipa album is my favorite pick in this area from the first half of 2020. Physical has the biggest hook and the Let’s Get Physical Work Out Video is just brilliant. The original one is nice, too, but aesthetically this complements the sound in a great way. (Also, giving this single a comeback with this second music video just before the release of the album was smart as hell.) And Good in Bed is just the most fun track of the lot.

Ultraísta – Sister

Self-defiend as alternative, although I listen to this as pop music to listen to in the background. Probably that’s the fail in positioning: it can easily be too pop for an alternative listener but just weird enough not to be played on mainstream radio. However there’s the one hit wonder track (Tin King), which can make its way to all the commercials and TV series soundtracks to financially support the record.

YONAKA – Don’t Wait ‘Til Tomorrow

Power pop. That kind of band that has a few great and powerful tracks, and then an album packed with the same stuff with minor differences, which feels repetitive. Probably this is the kind of pop music that’s better and just enough in single format. They should write and focus on pop hits and there’s no need to push out a bunch of fillers just to make it a long player’s length worth.