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    Adrianne Lenker’s instrumentals Are Stunning Sounds of IsolationThis time, the singer-songwriter’s challenge to listen comes as a gift.
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    Kevin Morby’s Ode to the Midwest Rewards Patience“Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun,” the unassuming centerpiece of Morby’s new album, feels expansive.
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    Future Islands Do ‘the Future Islands Thing’ Again“For Sure” and their Colbert performance show that their style hasn’t grown stale.
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    Laura Jane Grace’s Quarantine Album Is Everything Quarantine Music Should Be“Old Friend (Stay Alive)” is a survival song for disastrous times.
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    The Rage of Idles Is Just Another Empty Gesture“War,” which opens their new album Ultra Mono, doesn’t make sense.
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    Can Ava Max Ever Follow Up ‘Sweet But Psycho’?“Naked,” her latest try, is one of her best songs — but still not built for the 2020 charts.
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    NBA YoungBoy Is Still a Major Work in Progress, But He Cannot Be IgnoredWhen given the chance to face his bigger flaws headfirst on Top, he turns away.
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    ‘Pigeons’ Is Bill Callahan at His BestThe Gold Record song is a revelatory shift as Callahan continues to move away from music about loneliness.
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    Dua Lipa’s Maximal Turn Yields Minimal ResultsMark Ronson’s Gwen Stefani-featuring “Physical” remix is one of Club Future Nostalgia’s most unnecessary tracks.
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    Bully’s Screams Feel Necessary As Ever“Not Ashamed” is one of the clearest statements on Sugaregg, and Alicia Bognanno screams damn near the whole thing.
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    Burna Boy’s ‘Level Up’ Is Better Than a Victory LapTwice As Tall’s opening track revisits Burna Boy’s wild recent rise, and also makes clear that he’s not getting complacent.
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    Victoria Monét Saved the Best Songs for HerselfThe title track of Monét’s ’70s-tinged debut proves she’s not just someone else’s songwriter.
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    Dominic Fike Still Has a Lot to LearnWith lines like “I hope I get Me Too’d,” from “Cancel Me,” the breakout alt-rapper only muddies the statement he’s trying to make.
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    Lana Del Rey Can’t See Past Herself on ‘Paradise Is Very Fragile’Del Rey attempts to continue the conversation from Norman F- - -ing Rockwell.
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    Taylor Swift and Bon Iver Find Perfect Harmony on ‘exile’This isn’t the indie record that’s much cooler than hers. This is what she makes after she’s listened to that record.
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    Illuminati Hotties Challenge Everything on ‘free dumb’Off their mixtape and final kiss-off to ex-label Tiny Engines, Free I.H: This Is Not the One You’ve Been Waiting For.
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    ‘Man of the Year’ Is a Fittingly Emo Coda to Juice WRLD’s CareerIt’s affecting to hear the rapper accept the profound impact he’s had on his audience.
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    Margo Price’s ‘I’d Die for You’ Is Transcendent Rock MusicThe country outsider’s biggest song yet, on new album That’s How Rumors Get Started, shouldn’t come as a surprise.
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    Arca & Sophie’s ‘La Chíqui’ Pushes Pop Music Further Into the FutureThe producers team up after circling each other for years.
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    Phoebe Bridgers’s ‘I Know the End’ Has the Catharsis You’ve Been CravingFeaturing Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Conor Oberst, Nick Zinner, Tomberlin, Blake Mills … everyone?
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    ‘Nothing Revealed / Everything Denied’ Is The 1975 Summed Up in One SongMatty Healy was bound to rap at some point.