People, Hell and Angels comprises 12 tracks that pop with an electricity born of Hendrix’s sense of forward motion.
Melody is the connective tissue between Tame Impala and their audience.
Old Yellow Moon walks a line between retro-country and retro-rock with a sure and satisfying sense of balance.
My World Is Gone is an enveloping, at times even uplifting album, its charms diminished only by moments of jumble and overreach.
Until Maroon 5 won this category over Joss Stone in 2005, the previous male winner was, yes, Hootie & the Blowfish in 1996.
Jim James’s Regions of Light and Sound of God is full of trancey reverb and lyrics that fixate on various forms of devotion.
Beta Love represents a pronounced departure from the string-quartet-led, chamber-friendly experimentalism of Ra Ra Riot’s first two albums.
The package skews toward boomer-friendly acts while ignoring the concert’s younger, more head-banging performers.
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is the conspicuous work of a magnanimous music lover.
The album’s flaws have less to do with Khalifa’s ego and more with the dumb, reflexive materialism of the lyrics.
Rebel Soul is a very safe affair, full of platitudes and conspicuous all-American gestures.
Danny! has woven all the truisms of DIY hip-hop into a concept album that highlights his virtuosic ventriloquism.
Music from Another Dimension pays for each of its gems with a nugget of fool’s gold.
On Cee Lo’s Magic Moment, Cee Lo accesses his better angels without losing the hard groove or the über-weirdness.
If in concept Merry Christmas, Baby is just short of lazy, in execution it’s just short of a Christmas miracle.
There was little to pity about the Rolling Stones in September of 1965.
There’s plenty to love on Macy Gray’s Talking Book even without stooping to the messy business of comparison.
Psychedelic Pill, the first album of original material from Neil Young and Crazy Horse in nearly a decade, comes on like a flashback.