Articles by Josh Hurst

Run the Jewels, “Run the Jewels 3”

There is immense catharsis in Killer Mike and El-P’s appetite for destruction.

John Legend, “Darkness and Light”

It’s tough to shake the idea that we’re getting the real John Legend for the very first time.

A House Divided: How Barry Moser’s “We Were Brothers” Offers a Way Forward After Trump

The author’s reflections on his relationship with his deeply racist brother make an appeal to our common humanity.

Lambchop, “FLOTUS”

If a sudden shift toward EDM trappings sounds like an awkward fit for an alt-country band, on “FLOTUS,” it plays out as neither sudden nor awkward.

Jim James, “Eternally Even”

The My Morning Jacket frontman’s second solo record is not a hymn to destruction, but an anthem of resolve.

Common, “Black America Again”

Nothing is held back.

Beyond “The Epic”: Four Recent Jazz Releases That Show the Genre’s Range

If you found yourself lost in the cosmos of Kamasi Washington’s triple-LP “The Epic” last year wondering which star to reach for next, 2016 has a few answers for you.

“I Built It to Build It”: Mary Oliver’s Habit of Being

With the essay collection “Upstream,” the lauded poet offers a portrait of herself and the world that is no less shrouded in mystery than her best work.

Leonard Cohen, “You Want It Darker”

Rumors of Leonard Cohen’s desire for death have been greatly exaggerated.

Conor Oberst, “Ruminations”

“Ruminations” is what it claims to be: a series of ponderous reflections that abide and even cultivate solitude, finding the melancholy romance in moments of quiet introspection.

Mick Jenkins, “The Healing Component”

These are songs that tangle with love as a force both personal and political, and with the love of self, the love of God, the love a people must have for one another if any of them are going to last.

Wilco, “Schmilco”

Though it turns out this isn’t a Harry Nilsson tribute album, the title is still a good omen.

The Frightnrs, “Nothing More to Say”

Daptone’s inaugural reggae release is freighted with a tragic backstory.

Noname, “Telefone”

The Chicago rapper and singer delivers an album filled with psalms of lament and hymns to hope through hard times.

Nels Cline, “Lovers”

When presented with a collection of songs that’s explicitly billed as mood music, the correct question is: what sort of mood?

Faun Fables, “Born of the Sun”

All together now: “We make fire! With our bare hands! We catch fish from the stream like a bear can!”

ScHoolboy Q, “Blank Face LP”

Past ScHoolboy Q records have shown a similar grasp for introspection, but “Blank Face LP” is all immersion.

Paul Simon, “Stranger to Stranger”

Rhymin’ Simon’s still vital at seventy-four.


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