I love the holiday season—comfort food, gift wish lists, and the best new releases from popular artists hoping to ca$h in on present season. This week proves to be the first of the crop, with new releases from Pink, Norah Jones (Check out a great review of this album from Billboard), Josh Groban, Bruce Springsteen, Nelly (with his first release in 4 years!), and my girl Rihanna. With a list like that, you can be sure to get your holiday shopping done early—there’s something out there for everyone on your list! 

Since I’m keen on tunes of the pop persuasion, I took a listen to Pink’s Greatest Hits…So Far!!! and Rihanna’s Loud before anything else. Both albums had me shoutin “Hot damn! This is my jam” with nearly every song. 

It was nice to get a flashback of Pink’s career and to hear the four new cuts on this album. A cover of Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” is a standout, though dance party jam “Raise Your Glass” is a close second. Trust me, you and your girlfriends are gonna be screaming that song out of your car windows for at least six months. 

I was especially impressed with Rihanna’s Loud. Although the autotune on her vocals starts to get out of hand, most of these songs are well-written and catchy bubbles of happiness—quite the change from last year’s dark and commercially unsuccessful Rated R. So glad to see RiRi back in the saddle again! You go girl!

Will you be picking up any of these albums this week? C’mon! Buy some tunes! ‘Tis the season, after all!

Carmen B.