With This Is All Yours, Alt-J keeps one foot rooted in melodic prog while constructing songs with a baroque precision.
Cazwell's Hard 2 B Fresh drops the retro West End Records samples that helped put him on the map in favor of faster, trendier, EDM-ier beats.
Sukierae ruminates heavily on growing up, marriage, fatherhood, and the alternately blissful and uneasy life of the Tweedy family.
On Too Bright, Perfume Genius operates with far more flamboyance and panache, granting the album the feel of a second debut.
If not for the session musicians' virtuosic work, much of Cheek to Cheek would sound like glorified karaoke.
Chris Brown's X largely eschews mathematical objects in favor of soul-baring and sex talk.
For a musician who can be as withholding as Williams, the generosity of Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is a welcome change.
A bolder, more experimental album would have better reflected Songs of Innocence's ballsy, innovative roll-out.
Interpol rearranges and reinvigorates familiar elements on El Pintor.
Karen O's Crush Songs, a collection of lo-fi, half-baked songs, feels contrived, even disingenuous.
Ryan Adams is a dreary, spineless collection of half-baked songs that float by on the fumes of middle-aged wistfulness.
Justin Townes Earle's Single Mothers is at its best when it's at its most deliberately spare.
On Seen It All, Jeezy proves you don't need to overcome your own one-dimensional lyrical perspective in order to become a trap star.
Goddess is not exactly Top 40 fodder, but that's exactly where Banks deserves to be.
Moonshine in the Trunk is composed of one part willfully idiotic pandering and two parts loose, fun, and rocking party country.
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