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  1. album review
    Tame Impala and Justin Bieber Return 5 Years Later Changed MenThe Slow Rush and Changes are dispatches about married life, each from different vantage points.
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    Kesha’s High Road Is the Freest She’s Ever SoundedKesha has crafted her most upbeat, free-spirited batch of songs in almost a decade.
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    Mac Miller Leaves Us His Most Compelling Artistic Statement on CirclesHis posthumous album is a stab at the caliber of songwriting achieved by titans of the form.
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    Selena Gomez Returns Unbothered and at Her Best on RareIt’s a whole album’s worth of “I still got it.”
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    Harry Styles’s Sound Could Still Use a Bit of Fine-tuningFine Line goes where it pleases, for better or worse.
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    Camila Cabello’s in Love … and Not Much ElseLike the performances of “Señorita” we’ve seen all fall, Romance generates heat and not enough fire.
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    Don’t Look Now, But Coldplay Are Good Again Everday Life is a big bang for a band believed to be dead or dying.
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    FKA Twigs Reaches New Creative Heights on MagdaleneIt’s a breakup album, written in a period of upheaval not only limited to the artist’s romantic life.
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    Earl Sweatshirt Keeps the Power of Underground Rap AliveFeet of Clay is Earl and his favorite collaborators spitballing ideas over scenes of disarray.
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    The Gospel According to Kanye WestOn Jesus Is King, can music’s biggest ego be tamed?
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    R&B’s Future Sounds a Lot Like Its PastHow newcomers like Summer Walker and Ari Lennox look to R&B’s history to outline a new path for young black creatives.
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    Wilco’s Ode to Joy Is a Thrilling New Beginning for the BandAs it was with Foxtrot, the urge to read Joy as a state of the union address for the tech-giant generation receiving this music is enticing.
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    DaBaby Is Having One of the Most Exciting Years in RapHe’s quickly developed a sound that’s identifiable but not yet limiting.
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    Charli XCX Is Making Pop for Our Doomed FutureThe weird kids are crashing the party, and making great music about how the party sucks.
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    Post Malone Brings on Sad-Boy Fall on Hollywood’s BleedingThe first half-dozen songs are a gauntlet of parties, worries, and venting sessions about toxic relationships.
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    There’s Never Been a Country Supergroup Quite Like the HighwomenIt’s a dream team-up by turns uplifting enough to elicit good-spirited chuckles and gutting enough to bring you to tears.
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    Lana Del Rey Is Fully in the Driver’s Seat on Norman Fucking RockwellThe album is a series of gratifying pop-album inversions that succeed on the depth of imagination of Del Rey and producer Jack Antonoff.
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    The Old Taylor Is Back on Lover and the Best She’s Been in YearsLover finds Swift getting back to the business of writing aching, universal love songs, and business is good.
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    Sleater-Kinney’s New Album Was Worth the GambleThe Center Won’t Hold is a pop makeover for a band that didn’t especially need it, one that also cost it a drummer.
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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.
  22. don't call it a comeback
    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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