Ratchet attempts to reconcile Shamir the Internet Phenomenon with Shamir the Artist.
Absent the lightning-in-a-bottle voltage of their heyday, Faith No More's Sol Invictus is shockingly no more than adequate.
Most of Dark Bird Is Home takes a tone of celebratory resignation to fate.
Why Make Sense? is Hot Chip's characteristically polished, generously tuneful tribute to wearing your heart on your sleeve.
I Can't Imagine opts for uncharacteristically hazy sprawl over Shelby Lynne's usual tight focus.
Fly International Luxurious Art feels both overextended and under-conceived.
Fated is limited in scope, frustratingly laconic, and somewhat derivative, but it's never boring.
Wilder Mind is a thoroughly competent recreation of what Mumford & Sons think an adult-oriented indie-rock album should sound like.
My Morning Jacket's forays into synth-heavy prog and arena rock on The Waterfall are alternately inventive and bafflingly blockheaded.
The Magic Whip is a mature, measured document from a band that's never rested on its laurels.
For better or worse, Zac Brown Band refuses to continue churning out the same old formula on Jekyll + Hyde.
Cherry Bomb is further proof that Tyler, the Creator is a talented but conflicted voice.
Never Were the Way She Was is less a duet than a battle, a folie à deux between two oppositely pitched instruments.
Sound & Color is proof that Alabama Shakes have got the chops to be a lot more than Muscle Shoals revivalists.
Passion Pit's Kindred is mired in a sonically limited pop vocabulary.
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside sees Earl Sweatshirt digging even deeper into a psyche clouded with pot smoke and self-doubt.
Stranger Cat's In the Wilderness is an impressively well-formed debut.
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