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Shabaka, “Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace”

The prodigious jazz band leader shifts from kinetic energy to meditative tranquility as he puts down the sax on a solo release that’s somehow both calming and jarring.

April 12, 2024
Tierra Whack, “World Wide Whack”

The celebrated Philadelphia rapper’s debut full-length is made up of masterpieces in miniature—two- to three-minute songs intimate in their scope and spare in their production.

March 15, 2024
Jamila Woods, “Water Made Us”

Exposure is the dominant mode on the Chicago-based songwriter’s latest, in which her language feels more carefully chiseled, more focused and impactful than ever before.

October 11, 2023
Olivia Rodrigo, “GUTS”

Beyond being wiser than her debut, this sophomore LP is also sharper, meaner, funnier, more assured, more pleasurable, and more persuasive that Rodrigo is operating on a plane of her own.

September 12, 2023
Jon Batiste, “World Music Radio”

Coalescing disparate genres, generations, and value systems into a big-tent pop blockbuster, Batiste’s latest streamlines musical and ideological sophistication into an LP designed for mass appeal.

August 16, 2023
Makaya McCraven, “In These Times”

The jazz fusionist plays to his strengths as a sample-based thinker and collage artist while also showing how he can wrestle his micro-moments into long-form works.

September 28, 2022
The Linda Lindas, “Growing Up”

The teen punks’ debut is a set of sturdily constructed songs that blur the line between bubblegum tunefulness, power pop crunch, and punk abandon.

April 11, 2022
Kacey Musgraves, “star-crossed”

Kacey’s latest feels like several types of divorce album spliced together, at once messy, conflicted, and purposeful.

September 09, 2021
Sons of Kemet, “Black to the Future”

The jazz collective’s fourth album is first and foremost a dance record, bruising, visceral, and thrilling in its physicality.

May 18, 2021
Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird, “These 13”

Bird reconnects with his Squirrel Nut Zippers associate Mathus for the most straightforwardly old-timey music he’s made since the late ’90s.

March 09, 2021
Paul McCartney, “McCartney III”

The latest from Sir Paul is warm, inviting, a little weird, persistently tuneful, endearingly merry.

December 22, 2020
Laraaji, “Moon Piano”

“Moon Piano” creates an environment that emanates tranquility without ever overstepping its bounds.

October 09, 2020
Margo Price, “That’s How Rumors Get Started”

“Rumors” may seem almost like a deliberate provocation of the country purists.

July 09, 2020
HAIM, “Women in Music Pt. III”

HAIM has always made their music sound effortless, but here they sound genuinely unencumbered.

June 24, 2020
Hayley Williams, “Petals for Armor”

On “Petals for Armor” Williams is in full blossom, telling her story without requiring our permission.

May 12, 2020
The Staple Singers, “Come Go With Me: The Stax Collection”

Looking for a consolidated history of soul music in one handy package?

February 24, 2020
Son Little, “aloha”

The narrative behind Aaron Livingston’s third full-length as Son Little is one of relinquished control.

January 27, 2020
Beck, “Hyperspace”

It’s not exactly a Beck album without precedent; but maybe at this point, that’s asking too much.

November 18, 2019
The Roots, “Things Fall Apart” 20th Anniversary Reissue

A record that still “sparks shit” today.

September 24, 2019
Sleater-Kinney, “The Center Won’t Hold”

They remain faithfully yours in taut, ruthless, uncompromising rock and roll.

August 16, 2019
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