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  3. beyonce
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  6. amazing grace
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  7. backstories
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  8. album review
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  9. best of 2019
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  10. remembrances
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  11. music
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  12. living legends
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  18. album review
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  19. legacies
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  20. album review
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  21. the law
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  22. music
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  23. anniversaries
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  24. album review
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  25. grammys 2019
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  26. album review
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  27. music
    The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Backstreet BoysWhy do they appear to be resonating more with fans this year than they have in the last decade?
  28. super bowl halftime
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  29. interview
    Max Bemis Closes the Book on Say Anything“Everyone is getting older, and it’s just getting sadder. And I’m like, ‘This is not me.’”
  30. album review
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  31. album review
    James Blake, Future, and the Power of VoiceThe impactful vocalists of this decade are increasingly the least traditional ones.
  32. music
    Surviving R. Kelly and the Problem With Modern Fan CultureMany of the biggest success stories of the last year in music involved men with volatile histories.
  33. music
    How Will Rock and Roll Find Its Future?This year, rock seemed bored with itself.
  34. roundtable
    A Roundtable Discussion of Kanye West’s Tumultuous YearA lot happened on Twitter, and in the White House, but also Kanye West had his hand in no less than five separate albums. How do they sound now?
  35. album review
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  36. music
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  37. best of 2018
    The 15 Best Albums of 2018Featuring Mitski, Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, Pusha T, Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies, and much more.
  38. album review
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  39. interview
    Earl Sweatshirt Fights Off Bad Vibes“I go off what would make me soar in my room by myself as a child.”
  40. profile
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  41. album review
    Anderson .Paak Is a Formidable Talent and a Work in ProgressOn his new album, Oxnard, he is very clearly both.
  42. album review
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  43. album review
    Mumford & Sons’ Delta Is Hit or MissThere’s interesting experimentation here, but things tend to get pretty hammy.
  44. album review
    The Triumph and Tragedy of Lil Peep’s Come Over When You’re SoberPosthumous albums are a gift and a curse.
  45. album review
    On Vince Staples’s FM!, Everybody DiesThen it sets about making its characters’ trip through the pearly gates as much of a riot as possible.
  46. best of 2018
    The Best Albums of 2018 (So Far)Including Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Kali Uchis, Sleep, Kacey Musgraves, and more.
  47. music
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  48. retrospectives
    The Enduring Appeal of Nine Inch NailsSome bands stay alive by rehashing the hits. Others stay adjacent to whatever’s new and popping. Nine Inch Nails is too cool to play that game.
  49. album review
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