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Opera Review: The Met Brings Back
Samson et Dalila,
With Just Enough
“To describe it as gaudy and silly is a compliment, not a complaint.”
Music Review: Leonard Bernstein Is Paid Half-Hearted Tribute at Tanglewood
Andris Nelsons conducted as if he would rather be at home watching TV. Some music can endure an uncommitted performance; Bernstein’s can’t.
Music Review: Leonard Bernstein’s
Has Finally Found Its Era
It’s been called bloated, dated, naïve — but it also contains a lot of beauty.
The Feel Good Mutant Soul of Dirty Projectors’
Lamp Lit Prose
It’s all upbeat ruminations on affection and excitement, where the last album fixated almost exhaustingly on rot.
Beast Mode 2
, Future Hits Another Hot Streak
At his peak, it feels like melodies are just jumping out of his face.
Teyana Taylor Finally Gets Her Moment to Shine on
Teyana’s record is almost too good for the glut of disconcerting Kanye press that preceded it.
Everything Is Love
, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are Performing a Marriage in Real Time
Each song here is the rare team-up where both parties sound like they’re pushing each other to greater heights.
Jay Rock Searches for His Voice
The more it
focuses on Jay Rock’s knack for passionate storytelling, instead of flashy hooks and repetition, the better it fares.
Dave Matthews Band’s
Is a Quiet Moment in an Overstuffed Year
It’s all solid backyard cookout music and comforting headphone music.
Kids See Ghosts
Is the Win Kanye and Kid Cudi Badly Needed
Their debut collaborative album is the sound of old friends pooling their strengths to overcome tragedy.
The Pretty Emptiness of Kanye West’s
Kanye West was once the everyman’s rapper, a poet of the downtrodden. He hasn’t been that artist in years.
The Fascinatingly Weird World of A$AP Rocky’s
It’s enticing in some spots, and unlistenable in others.
Is His Best Album in Years
And you can tell he knows it’s great.
Courtney Barnett Seeks Out Harsh Truths on
Tell Me How You Really Feel
It’s a fitting document of these tumultuous times.
The Internet Has Already Devoured ‘This Is America’
But it still has power.
Arctic Monkeys Find New Life by Rewriting Their Formula
Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino
ditches the old Arctic Monkeys sound in favor of late-night, self-aware vampire soul music.
The New Beach House Album Is Their Best Yet
Same magic, new resolution.
Kanye West Let Us Down
If he never comes back from wandering out on the edges with the trolls and the racists, the times we felt inspired by his work still belong to us.
What It Means When Childish Gambino Says ‘This Is America’
There’s a lot going on here.
The Brightest Star on Travis Scott’s ‘Watch’ Isn’t Kanye West
Cheerful, insistent, and futuristic, the Pi’erre Bourne beat is world-class.
Was a Major Comeback for a Major Band
It’s an album that comes through clearer just as things get worse.
Is an Introduction to the Real Janelle Monáe
It’s as much a celebration of love as a threat to powerful merchants of hate.
Is a Thoughtful Meditation on Addiction
The North Carolina rapper explores the perils of addiction from multiple angles, to emotionally powerful results.
A Perfect Circle Goes Soft and Heavy on
Eat the Elephant
An album fit for people, sheep, and sheeple alike.
We’ll Revisit Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance for the Rest of Our Lives
Just seconds in, it was apparent she was playing for keeps.
Nicki Minaj Clears the Air on ‘Barbie Tingz’ and ‘Chun Li’
And both tracks are certified bangers.
Drake Has Trained His Sights on Wokeness
“Nice for What” is an exceptional act of image reform.
Invasion of Privacy
Cements Her Star Status
It’s a collection of airtight strip-club bangers and heavier emotional numbers.
Cardi B’s Album Intro, ‘Get Up 10’ Is Bronx Rap Poetry at Its Finest
Invasion of Privacy
opens with a blunt, brazen, and beautiful manifesto.
My Dear Melancholy
Is a Jarring Breakup Album
Abel Tesfaye has returned, slightly, to the guts and grit that built him.
The Weeknd’s ‘Wasted Times’ Does Drake Better Than Drake Can
How long until the Weeknd replaces Drake entirely?
Is 2018’s Country Album to Beat
Her third album makes any objections about her style and image now seem embarrassing.
Jack White and Julian Casablancas Show Their Age on New Albums
Jack White sounds tired of being Jack White, while Julian Casablancas is still sorting out the many things he can be.
Snoop Dogg’s New Gospel Album,
Bible of Love
, Is Surprisingly Great
It’s a warm, wise survey of gospel music’s past, present, and possible future that works better than it should.
Bobby Tarantino II
Forgets What’s Great About Logic
The newly self-conscious rapper’s latest mixtape finds him forcing himself out of his wheelhouse, with uneven results.
Music Review: A Double Dose of Pierre Boulez’s
The composer’s electronic manifesto returns.
On LCD Soundsystem’s
, James Murphy Rediscovers His Purpose
The front man has always been obsessed with how he lived his life, but he had to take a couple years away from music to clarify his perspective.
Satirizes and Exemplifies a Great Breakup Record
The album is split between heartbroken displeasure and moments of clarity.
Album Review: Brad Paisley’s
Love and War
Is a Welcome Return to Form
On record, Brad Paisley makes a quiet life sound deeply rewarding.
Is a Brilliant, Anxious Reflection of the World
It’s been two years since Kendrick Lamar’s
To Pimp a Butterfly
and we are
The Chainsmokers’ Nostalgia for the Recent Past Is Not Enough
This is music tailor-made for being sad about the recent past.
Is the ‘Passion’ of Black America
Protest music you can dance and cry to.
Boomer Rock Icons Are Back, and Their Albums Aren’t Bad
Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and Paul Simon are all releasing new material.
, the xx Stay Intimate by Getting Grander
On their sophomore album, the British trio face an audience that’s built up a tolerance for their sound.
Music Review: Dan Deacon and Matthew Dear
Our music critic reviews Deacon’s
Music Review: Abebe on
Write Me Back
and the Multifaceted R. Kelly
Robert Kelly — Chicago institution, “Pied Piper of R&B,” formally acquitted of ignoble charges nobody’s forgotten — has a new record out this week.
Lovable, Talented Bore Jack White Stretches Out on His New Solo Album
Was a White Stripes breakup the best thing that could have happened to this songwriter?
Pulp’s Reunion Show Is the Greatest Revival in Midtown
The enduring appeal of Jarvis Cocker’s “slightly shady form of glamour.”
The Indie-Folk Crossover: Commercials for Our Selves in a
’s emo-gothic glitter has been replaced by a hardscrabble, triumphal, suspender-friendly sound.
Music Review: The Apathy and Ecstasy of Madonna’s
Madge gets lost on her latest return to the dance floor.