Bob Dylan, “Travelin’ Thru, Featuring Johnny Cash: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15”
Dylan revered the outlaw Cash, and Cash admired the wordsmith Dylan.
FKA Twigs, “MAGDALENE”
A deeply wounded album that strengthens the steely fusion of trip-hop and R&B she mastered on her debut.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, “Colorado”
While most legacy rockers are hitting the road rather than bothering to write new music, Young refuses to stop inventing.
Freddie Mercury, “Never Boring” Box Set
While the original albums sounded surprisingly grey, this curation of solo output is hotly in-the-red, remixed and boldly remastered.
Kim Gordon, “No Home Record”
Kim’s dissatisfaction with and aggression toward toxic American capitalism are burned into this album.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Ghosteen”
Nick Cave moves across his most lush and lovely melodies yet in a voice that burrows deeper than ever before.
Wilco, “Ode to Joy”
Jeff Tweedy’s relative calm in the face of turmoil is the defining force underlying the record.
The Roots, “Things Fall Apart” 20th Anniversary Reissue
A record that still “sparks shit” today.
Liam Gallagher, “Why Me? Why Not.”
Gallagher’s latest is a sonic show of maturation.
Alex Cameron, “Miami Memory”
Though he spent his last two albums examining despicable male characters, this one spotlights and elevates women.
Iggy Pop, “Free”
If Iggy Pop hasn’t been free this whole time, who the fuck has?
Lana Del Rey, “Norman Fucking Rockwell!”
A cool, cutting chronicler of all things California.
Sleater-Kinney, “The Center Won’t Hold”
They remain faithfully yours in taut, ruthless, uncompromising rock and roll.
Bon Iver, “i,i”
Central to it all is a Justin Vernon with an altered disposition, more confident and looser—at times, he even sounds content.
Sigur Rós, “Ágætis Byrjun 20th Anniversary Edition”
Indefinable, refined, and weirdly universal.
Khruangbin, “Hasta El Cielo”
Their music, which favors beats and atmosphere over songwriting, make them an ideal fit for the dub treatment.
Thom Yorke, “Anima”
“Anima” goes to great lengths to differentiate itself from Radiohead’s oeuvre.
The Raconteurs, “Help Us Stranger”
Their third album may feel almost like a tonic for those befuddled by last year’s bizarro-world “Boarding House Reach.”