31 Minutes to Takeoff
Label: J Records
Mike Posner fashions himself as a pop songwriter for the electro-pop age. His breakout hit on insecurity and unrequited love, "Cooler Than Me," is the clear jewel of 31 Minutes To Takeoff, but the rest of the album contains refreshingly traditional riffs on the vagaries of love. Posner outfits his tunes in faddish 8-bit melodies ("Please Don't Go") and retro-soul arrangements ("Do U Wanna?"). He truly shines, though, when he weaves smart keyboard-driven ballads ("Delta 1406," "Falling") instead of uptempo songs laced in trendy sounds.