2AM Club, Ke$ha, and the Triumph of Talk

While I think the Junior Varsity are perhaps being a bit overoptimistic in their assessment of 2AM Club as "the best American pop group you haven't heard of yet," I do really like "Let Me Down Easy":



And they're an improvement over Ke$ha in this weird interstitial genre of talk-singing that isn't quite hip-hop and isn't quite conventional pop singing either, though "Your Love Is My Drug" is more effective than it has any right to be:



We're in a strange transitional little moment in pop music right now, where hip-hop and conventional pop are sharing space in the same songs. It makes sense that someone, or multiple someones, are going to develop a style of delivery that plays off that converging conversation. Choruses, however, remain the provenance of true singing.

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Alyssa Rosenberg is a culture writer with The Washington Post.

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