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  1. album review
    Noname’s New Album, Room 25, Is Evocative and ConfessionalHer songs are short and intimate, but they never seem slight.
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    Finding Beauty in Low’s Unsettling Machine BluesTwenty-five years in, they’ve still got it.
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    Swamp Dogg’s New Album Is Deeply OddAnd sometimes brilliant, too.
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    What Is Eminem Going to Do When He Runs Out of People to Blame?Apparently, everything is everyone else’s fault.
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    Troye Sivan’s Bloom Is a Joy to Listen ToOn it, he models a carefree gay masculinity the world works hard to condition out of young boys.
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    Mitski’s Be the Cowboy Is Devastatingly GoodIt improves on the stunning Puberty 2 by switching up the method.
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    The Quirky Beauty of Ariana Grande’s SweetenerA few fans of her previous dance-pop hits might be seething this week.
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    The Banquet of Trash Talk That Is Nicki Minaj’s QueenShe comes at pretty much everyone, but there’s more to the album than that.
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    Travis Scott Made This Year’s Plushest Drug-Rap AlbumIt’s party rap for the FOMO generation.
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    The Feel Good Mutant Soul of Dirty Projectors’ Lamp Lit ProseIt’s all upbeat ruminations on affection and excitement, where the last album fixated almost exhaustingly on rot.
  11. album review
    Drake Fails to Grow on ScorpionBoth sides of Scorpion needed to drop three or four songs and get a grip.
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    Florence and the Machine and Gorillaz Fight for the Future on Their New AlbumsBoth seem intent upon inspiring listeners to fight through the crushing gravity of the times.
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    Teyana Taylor Finally Gets Her Moment to Shine on K.T.S.E.Teyana’s record is almost too good for the glut of disconcerting Kanye press that preceded it.
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    Bebe Rexha’s Expectations Explores Weird, Bad FeelingsIf you like your pop music a little forlorn and introspective, you’ll find plenty of candidates here for rainy-day-mood playlists.
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    On Everything Is Love, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are Performing a Marriage in Real TimeEach song here is the rare team-up where both parties sound like they’re pushing each other to greater heights.
  16. On Redemption, Jay Rock Searches for His VoiceThe more it focuses on Jay Rock’s knack for passionate storytelling, instead of flashy hooks and repetition, the better it fares.
  17. Dave Matthews Band’s Come Tomorrow Is a Quiet Moment in an Overstuffed YearIt’s all solid backyard cookout music and comforting headphone music.
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    Kids See Ghosts Is the Win Kanye and Kid Cudi Badly NeededTheir debut collaborative album is the sound of old friends pooling their strengths to overcome tragedy.
  19. The Pretty Emptiness of Kanye West’s YeKanye West was once the everyman’s rapper, a poet of the downtrodden. He hasn’t been that artist in years.
  20. Courtney Barnett Seeks Out Harsh Truths on Tell Me How You Really FeelIt’s a fitting document of these tumultuous times.
  21. Arctic Monkeys Find New Life by Rewriting Their FormulaTranquility Base Hotel and Casino ditches the old Arctic Monkeys sound in favor of late-night, self-aware vampire soul music.
  22. The New Beach House Album Is Their Best YetSame magic, new resolution.
  23. Dirty Computer Is an Introduction to the Real Janelle MonáeIt’s as much a celebration of love as a threat to powerful merchants of hate.
  24. J. Cole’s KOD Is a Thoughtful Meditation on AddictionThe North Carolina rapper explores the perils of addiction from multiple angles, to emotionally powerful results.
  25. Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy Cements Her Star StatusIt’s a collection of airtight strip-club bangers and heavier emotional numbers.
  26. The Weeknd’s My Dear Melancholy Is a Jarring Breakup AlbumAbel Tesfaye has returned, slightly, to the guts and grit that built him.
  27. Kacey Musgraves’s Golden Hour Is 2018’s Country Album to BeatHer third album makes any objections about her style and image now seem embarrassing.
  28. Jack White and Julian Casablancas Show Their Age on New AlbumsJack White sounds tired of being Jack White, while Julian Casablancas is still sorting out the many things he can be.
  29. Snoop Dogg’s New Gospel Album, Bible of Love, Is Surprisingly GreatIt’s a warm, wise survey of gospel music’s past, present, and possible future that works better than it should.
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    Migos’ Culture II Isn’t an Album, It’s a Data DumpNearly every song overstays its welcome.
  31. Review: The Business of Being Jay-Z Gets Complicated on 4:44Can Jay-Z still push the dial in mainstream hip-hop?
  32. Vince Staples Made a Hopeful Album, DJ Khaled Made a Hopeless OneIn Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples surprised with a hopeful album. In Grateful, DJ Khaled made a star-studded slog.
  33. Lorde’s Melodrama Satirizes and Exemplifies a Great Breakup RecordThe album is split between heartbroken displeasure and moments of clarity.
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    Freddie Gibbs Faces Loss, Love, and Prison Head OnThe album is short but it feels rich and lived-in.
  35. radio vulture
    Jamiroquai and Nelly Furtado Navigate New Pop WatersWhat does it mean to be a veteran pop act in 2017?
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    Drake’s More Life Is His Best Release in YearsIt almost makes up for Views.
  37. album review
    Future Takes a Huge Leap Forward on HNDRXXThe future is finally now.
  38. Sampha’s Haunting Album Process Is Grief Writ Large, and BeautifullyThe artist’s first solo record is haunted by realities of loss and mortality. There’s no neat resolution to the personal unrest coursing through it.
  39. Syd’s Fin Is More Than Just an Internet Side ProjectIt would be a shame for Fin to be remembered as a layover between the Internet albums, since it’s a whip-smart meld of ’90s R&B and ’10s trap sonics.
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    Review: Jeremih and Chance’s Merry ChristmasAt its best, Lil’ Mama feels less like Christmas music and more like a fun, low-stakes love letter to both artists’ place of birth. 
  41. album review
    The Weeknd’s Starboy Is One Long Winning StreakHis voice sounds like the good life.
  42. radio vulture
    Review: Hamilton Mixtape Reinvigorates HamiltonThe collection is both a no-brainer and a rarity in rap.
  43. album review
    Album Review: Sleigh Bells’ Jessica RabbitI wouldn’t skip any tracks, but it’s hard to remember some of them.
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    Gucci Mane Is Better Than He’s Been in Years on Everybody LookingGucci seems revitalized.
  45. radio vulture
    Mixtape Review: 21 Savage’s Savage ModeThis music is built from the same casual hopelessness that shocks us cold whenever we awake to fresh news of mass murder or police brutality. But in it, there’s a sense that the power is ours.
  46. album review
    Schoolboy Q’s Blank Face Is a Gangster Rap ClassicIn keeping with its artist’s contradictory nature, Blank Face is at once more relaxed and more powerful than its predecessor.
  47. album review
    Will New Albums From the Avalanches and DJ Shadow Revive Turntablism?Neither has reinvented any wheels, but sometimes a couple of cool records will suffice.
  48. album review
    Red Hot Chili Peppers’ The Getaway Is Their Best in YearsThe Getaway doesn’t take the Chili Peppers’ sound to the chop shop; they’re still crafting agile guitar rock with a funk underpinning.
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    Little Big Town and Pharrell Made a Country Album (Barely)Wanderlust veers sharply away from “Girl Crush” and the cool country-pop of 2014’s Pain Killer; it’s the most eclectic offering in the group’s catalogue.
  50. album review
    Album Review: Ariana Grande’s Dangerous WomanShe isn’t abandoning the tweenaged tattooed hearts of her first album; she’s just switched up their placement to somewhere more risqué.
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