Arctic Monkeys, “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”
Arctic Monkeys’ long-awaited returns is built like a Ridley Scott film—foreboding the bleakest of futures, yet you still want to step inside and join the resistance.
“Beyondless” dwells in the moments when attraction and repulsion are equally felt.
La Luz, “Floating Features”
La Luz are turning their garage rock early days into something shimmering and alluring, yet laced with venom and sharp edges.
Beach House, “7”
“7” may be the most definitive—and enjoyable—break yet from the preconceptions of what a Beach House record should sound like.
Leon Bridges, “Good Thing”
Leon Bridges is an actor in a costume, but one with a sweet-and-salty voice and all the right moves to go with the richly theatrical presentation.
Domenico Lancellotti, “The Good Is a Big God”
Domenico Lancellotti’s second full-length is a mix of dream pop and world music, which proves an intoxicating combination.
Damien Jurado, “The Horizon Just Laughed”
Even the simplest places—an abandoned Amtrak station or a city diner—are made significant and evocative.
Eleanor Friedberger, “Rebound”
Friedberger has crafted an album of contoured melodies and steely precision.
Liz Phair, “Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set”
Liz Phair’s debut remains exactly as relatable, smart, and genuine in 2018 as it was in 1993.
Janelle Monáe, “Dirty Computer”
Every generation needs its own soundtrack for kicking against the pricks, and Monáe delivers one here.
Speedy Ortiz, “Twerp Verse”
The band deliberately favor Pavement-inspired oddness in an attempt to introduce some levity.
Dr. Dog, “Critical Equation”
The live sound of the album, when combined with its subtler-than-usual hooks, is a nifty combination.
A Place to Bury Strangers, “Pinned”
There’s little doubt they genuinely mean every echo-drenched, wall-of-grinding-guitars second.
Willie Nelson, “Last Man Standing”
Willie’s addressing his twilight years with a light touch and an amiable chuckle.
Sting & Shaggy, “44/876”
A heartfelt tribute to both Jamaica and Caribbean music that’s much better than it has any right to be—but cool, it is not.
DRINKS, “Hippo Lite”
Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley make much with little.
Tinashe is confident and proud, but at the end of thirty-six minutes there doesn’t seem to be a clear understanding of who she is.
King Tuff, “The Other”
A fuzzy, funky, cosmic party record.