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    Bon Iver Tackles Bigger Worries on i,iTogether, the band is creating a musical language that’s left of center but shy of inscrutability.
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    Chance the Rapper’s The Big Day Is the Sound of SettlingBig Day is wedding and graduation music, E for Everyone rap, hip-hop’s answer to dad rock or posicore.
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    Iggy Azalea’s Back, Like It or NotHer return, like her initial ascent, has been nothing but messy from the get-go.
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    Beyoncé’s Lion King Soundtrack Puts the Focus Back Where It Belongs: AfricaBeyoncé, as usual, knows better.
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    Ed Sheeran (Barely) Gets by With a Lot of Help From His Friends on No. 6 CollabsNo. 6 Collaborations Project spotlights Sheeran’s versatility but also his limits.
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    J. Cole’s Dreamville Records Is Having Its Best Year YetDreamville’s year and a half long push — particularly behind the label’s artists Ari Lennox, J.I.D, and EarthGang — is paying off.
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    Bad Bunny and J Balvin Form a New Superhero Duo on OasisIt benefits from the skills each half of this big brother/little brother tandem brings to the table.
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    2019 Is Ripe for Some Thom Yorke Perspective and He DeliversOn ANIMA, his third solo album, Yorke tries to make sense of the maelstrom.
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    Lil Nas X’s Post-‘Old Town Road’ EP Is a MessThe project feels if not rushed, then fascinatingly flubbed.
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    Madonna Remains Our Most Unpredictable Pop StarArt moves quickly; Madonna works hard to keep pace.
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    Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars Is His Best Album in YearsIt contains some of his most poignant songwriting since his mid-aughts resurgence.
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    Future Needs to Slow Down, for OnceConsistency is Future’s superpower, but he needs to be challenged and edited.
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    The Jonas Brothers Pull Off One of the Greatest Comebacks in Recent MemoryThe last group to enjoy this much success after parting ways was One Direction.
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    Skepta Doesn’t Need American ValidationHe could call in all the big guns and make the star-studded crossover album, but he won’t.
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    Miley Cyrus Is Still (Clumsily) Figuring Out How to Genre Flip-flopBut even when she misses on new EP She Is Coming, it feels like Cyrus is trying.
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    Tyler, the Creator Fully Owns His Voice on IGORIt looks like the artist has been priming us for this moment for years.
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    Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Album Dedicated Proves the Emotion Hype Wasn’t a FlukeCarly Rae Jepsen isn’t a flash in the pan or a hip music nerd talking point or a knight or what have you.
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    Mac DeMarco’s Here Comes the Cowboy Feels Like a Moody HangoverListening to this gorgeous but uneven batch of sad songs and slow songs, you hope DeMarco is using them to work through whatever’s bugging him.
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    The Games of Thrones Soundtrack Acts Like It’s Too Cool for the ShowAs subtle as the show’s use of celebrities has been on camera, the collections of music inspired by the series are pretty batshit.
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    On Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You, Finally, a Star Is BornCuz I Love You is a playground for a phenomenal talent reaching the peak of its powers.
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    BTS and Blackpink’s New Albums Mark an Unprecedented Era for K-PopPersona and Kill This Love capture the blockbuster K-pop groups at the height of their fame while also angling to push out into new territories.
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    Khalid Takes a Stunning Left Turn on His Sophomore Album Free SpiritThis is his “fame sucks” album, but it represents something even greater for the 21-year-old singer-songwriter.
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    Billie Eilish Is the FutureThe teen’s debut album is a quiet revolution.
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    Jenny Lewis’s On the Line Is Her Best Work to DateOn the Line is a triumph of patient refinement.
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    The Dystopian Future of Juice WRLD’s Death Race for LoveThe world these records depict is forbidding.
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    Solange Is Creating a Beautiful WorldHer purpose seems to be to envision the peace and order the real world lacks.
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    On Lil Pump’s Harverd Dropout, the Best Songs Are the Most DepravedThe picture that Harverd Dropout paints, though, even accounting for poetic license, seems scary.
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    Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Almost Ranks As Florida Georgia Line’s Best AlbumIf only they’d edited it down a bit.
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    Thank U, Next Is a Phoenix Moment for Ariana GrandeThis isn’t a breakup album, it’s a list of demands and a statement of hunger for someone willing to fulfill them without too much fuss.
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    Finding the Fun in Weezer’s Teal AlbumThe album is a play on the idea of the washed-up rock star taking a swan dive into the nostalgia circuit.
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    James Blake, Future, and the Power of VoiceThe impactful vocalists of this decade are increasingly the least traditional ones.
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    The Trouble With XXXTentacion’s Fragmented SKINSIt’s all chilling ideas that dissipate before they can be resolved.
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    Tekashi 6ix9ine Gets Lost in His Own AlbumThe sense that the guests are here because this is where the most people’s eyes and ears are going to be this month is hard to shake.
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    Anderson .Paak Is a Formidable Talent and a Work in ProgressOn his new album, Oxnard, he is very clearly both.
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    Mariah Carey’s Caution Is an Invitation and a WarningThe album is a song cycle about clearing out dead weight in your life in order to make room for new faces and experiences.
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    Mumford & Sons’ Delta Is Hit or MissThere’s interesting experimentation here, but things tend to get pretty hammy.
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    The Triumph and Tragedy of Lil Peep’s Come Over When You’re SoberPosthumous albums are a gift and a curse.
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    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.
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    Quavo Could Stand to Learn a Few Things From UsherOne artist released a good album disguised as a nonevent, the other released an event album that’s sort of inessential.
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    Tom Morello’s Atlas Underground Is Amusing but Often OverbearingA few less hands on deck would’ve done this album better.
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    The Lasting Gift of the Star Is Born SoundtrackThese songs are destined to dominate karaoke nights.
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    On Desperate Man, Eric Church’s Devastating Pen Is Pushed to Center StageIt doesn’t pretend to have answers for why evil perseveres.
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    Tha Carter V Is Lil Wayne’s Best Album in YearsIt is almost surgically all-inclusive. There are nods to every region of American rap music and nearly every era of Wayne.
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    Brockhampton’s Iridescence Is Reckless and UnpredictableIt comes out with breathtaking surprises but also a few duds.
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    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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