Who says I don’t like straight up dance-pop? If you want to make music that’s radio friendly, catchy, highly melodic and danceable, than you might as well make it good –and that’s where so many trite radio hits fail for me. Brooke Fraser’s “Magical Machine” from off her 2014 release, Brutal Romance, is an empowering pop track/love song with well-written, clever lyrics about convincing a love interest by describing a list of abilities that compare to a variety of ‘machines’: “I’m your telescope / Help you see other worlds up close / I’m your submarine / You’ll explore where you’ve never been / I’m your ticking clock / Hold my hands and the time will stop / I’m your megaphone / Turn you up ’til the neighbor’s moan.” The end-rhymes are smooth, the chorus is top shelf (“Power me on / Light on demand / I’m your magical machine / We can dream digital dreams”) her voice is dynamic, and the song’s sonics expand out of the genre’s standard fair with electronics popping off like little digital kernels, heightening the song’s surging momentum. Now there’s a spacey video for the track which you can watch below. Follow Fraser at facebook. Note: Lyrics are unofficial and images are screen captures from the video. — David D. Robbins Jr.