" Classified by Lorde as her "weed album", Solar Power is an indie folk and psychedelic effort driven by acoustic guitar arrangements, marking a departure from the synth-heavy, dance-oriented music of her previous works. The album's lyrics revolve around solipsism and summer escapism, mainly focusing on Lorde's leisure time in her homeland New Zealand simultaneously expressing her disdain for fame and celebrity culture. "
'Josie and the Pussycats' is operating with a dumb-as-rocks surface, but it's all purposeful. The barrage of product placement—Reid showering in a bathroom sponsored by McDonald's is a highlight—is the point, a meta-gag for the 'subtle' ways the music industry turns tunes into product. The screaming boy band fans blocking roads with The Beatles era-ish frenzy; the ease with which labels replaced one identical act with another; the ways in which pop stars are less person than template. It's all there, turned to 11, in...a satire wrapped in a bedazzled 'Austin Powers' shell, and if the general audience missed that at the time, it might be because 'Josie' debuted smack-dab in the middle of what it was satirizing. Just two years earlier, Britney Spears rocketed into music video mega-stardom on the backs of '...Baby One More Time' and 'Oops!...I Did It Again.' Less than a year before 'Josie' hit theaters, NSYNC sold more than two million copies of 'No Strings Attached' in a single dang week. The Jonas Brothers were still being assembled in a basement laboratory beneath Disney's Epcot Center. It's easy to say a movie was ahead of its time, but the sobs of frenzied fans were still too loud to hear what 'Josie and the Pussycats' was trying to do. It makes sense that the film needed hindsight to fully appreciate; in a way, re-assessing this movie hits the same, sad way as watching Framing Britney Spears in 2021.
Vinnie Mancuso, ‘Not a Subliminal Message: Josie and the Pussycats Is a Misunderstood Masterpiece’ (Collider)