New Music Scraper

The New Abnormal

The Strokes

Complicated, ambitious, and emotionally raw, the band's sixth album is a surprising and rewarding triumph. - Heather Phares


John Anderson

With the assistance of producer Dan Auerbach, the hardcore country singer explores his mortality. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Loves of Your Life

Hamilton Leithauser

The former Walkmen frontman's third solo album is a life-affirming embrace of past and present loves and music. - Heather Phares

The Way It Feels

Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae's long-awaited second album explores the area separating country-pop and adult contemporary. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Perception Is/As/Of Deception


The duo explores sensory deprivation, suspicion, paranoia, and illusions on this ominously danceable set. - Heather Phares


Joe Satriani

Eighteen albums in, the guitarist continues to showcase his innovative songwriting prowess in addition to his iconic playing. - Thom Jurek

The Universe Inside

The Dream Syndicate

Steve Wynn and friends take a long, strange trip on an album that's an unexpected (and successful) voyage into psychedelic sounds. - Mark Deming

Oh Yeah?


Fourth album from this psychedelic free rock band streamlines their vision for heavier, more consistent compositions. - Fred Thomas

Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978

Hans-Joachim Roedelius

A slimmed-down selection of Cluster/Harmonia-era pieces from Roedelius that match the quality of his early solo albums. - Paul Simpson

Making a Door Less Open

Car Seat Headrest

Will Toledo's first set of fresh songs since his band's breakthrough is a document of self-doubt brought on by success. - Mark Deming



Katie Stelmanis highlights the classical and pop sides of her music on these pristine-sounding songs about toxic relationships. - Heather Phares

Cover Two

Joan as Police Woman

Spanning songs from Prince, Gil Scott-Heron, and Grease, Joan Wasser's second covers collection frequently brings out the best in her music. - Heather Phares

Do You Wonder About Me?

Diet Cig

Upbeat and sweet without sounding shallow, this smart pop band fulfill the promise of their fine debut album. - Mark Deming

Look Alive


A home-cooked, more intimate take on the thoughtful and melodic jangle pop sound the quartet established on Whoosh! - Tim Sendra

My Garden

John Carroll Kirby

The valued collaborator (Solange, Frank Ocean) tends to his own discography with piano-based instrumentals that extend friendly companionship. - Andy Kellman

Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie at Zero Gravity

Dave Douglas

An engaging album that finds Douglas exploring and moving far afield of the legendary bop trumpeter's music. - Matt Collar

Tear In the Fabric

Devon Williams

Sophisticated guitar-and-synth pop that brings to mind classic albums from the '80s, played and sung with restraint and tenderness. - Tim Sendra


Field Works

Eighth installment of Stuart Hyatt's ongoing collaborative project, incorporating the echolocations of bats into ambient and experimental pieces. - Paul Simpson

Here and Now

Kenny Chesney

A breezy good time that finds Kenny Chesney squarely in his musical wheelhouse while stretching himself emotionally. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Marcos Valle

On his third studio outing in two years (and a return to jazzy samba) the veteran Brazilian composer teams with a new generation of lyricists. - Thom Jurek

The K Is Silent

Hot Country Knights

Dierks Bentley's parody of 1990s country is a stupid good time. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine


American Aquarium

Working with producer Shooter Jennings, American Aquarium wrestles with the dashed dreams of modern America. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Weight of the Sun

Modern Studies

Moving away from the ambitious chamber folk of earlier releases, the Scottish band heads into more ambient and psych-influenced territory. - Timothy Monger

Please Advise

Beauty Pill

Four-song EP from this DC band continues the development of their maxed-out electronics and splintered art-pop. - Fred Thomas

Gathering Swans

Choir Boy

The group's forlorn synth pop doubles down on shimmery, '80s-inspired textures for an even more highly stylized second album. - Marcy Donelson

Blue to Red

Chip Wickham

On his third offering, the British jazzman pursues the spiritual through the influences of Alice Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, and '70s soundtracks. - Thom Jurek

César Franck: Preludes, Fugues & Chorals

Nikolai Lugansky

Beautifully controlled performances of these Bachian but not neoclassic Franck keyboard works. - James Manheim

Luciano Berio: Coro; Cries of London

Norwegian Soloists Choir / Grete Pedersen / Norwegian Radio Orchestra

A precise, beautifully recorded performance of Luciano Berio's thorny Coro. - James Manheim

Beethoven: Piano Trios Vol. 1 - Op. 1/3 & Op. 70/2

Sitkovetsky Trio

Strong Beethoven piano trio performances with a major attraction, the rarely performed Allegretto, WoO 39. - James Manheim

Parry: Judith

Sarah Fox / Kathryn Rudge / William Vann

A very Mendelssohnian and Victorian treatment of the tale of Judith and the decapitated Holofernes is wonderfully performed. - James Manheim

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Arrangements by Ries & Ebers)

Compagnia di Punto

Small-orchestra arrangements of Beethoven's symphonies, from the composer's time, illustrate how many would have heard his music. - James Manheim

Petals for Armor

Hayley Williams

An intensely personal, artful, and exploratory debut from the Paramore singer. - Matt Collar


I Break Horses

A shimmeringly bleak, heartbreakingly sad, and musically thrilling album made of sweeping synths, aching vocals, and slow, dreamlike arrangements. - Tim Sendra

Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man

Aaron Parks

For its sophomore outing, this quartet spends its time playing together as a single, breathing, multivalent organism. - Thom Jurek

Un Canto Por Mexico, Vol. 1

Natalia Lafourcade

The first volume of a studio outing that re-creates the musical magic from a benefit concert held in November 2019. - Thom Jurek

American Love Story

Butch Walker

A concept album about contemporary divisions in American society that sounds like a blast from the classic rock past. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Old Forgotten Altars: The 1960s Demos

John Stewart

A collection of unheard demos covers the singer/songwriter's journey through his membership in the Kingston Trio to his early solo albums. - Thom Jurek

Set My Heart on Fire, Immediately

Perfume Genius

Mike Hadreas' fifth album explores the body's power and tenderness with songs that are equally rugged and delicate. - Heather Phares

how i'm feeling now

Charli XCX

Created during the COVID-19 quarantine, the edgy electro-pop star's fourth album is raw, reflective, and relatable. - Heather Phares

All Visible Objects


On his 17th LP, Moby takes it back to the dancefloor with a rousing set of nostalgic, pulsing anthems. - Neil Z. Yeung


Jason Isbell / Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

A brilliant album about the search for strength and direction that emerged in a most chaotic and uncertain time. - Mark Deming

All That Glue

Sleaford Mods

Spanning key album tracks, rarities, and B-sides, this collection gets listeners up to speed with the duo's prolific, cathartic outbursts. - Heather Phares

A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip


The Mael brothers riff on their history deftly on these timely and trenchant tales of misfits, outliers, and disasters. - Heather Phares

Lovers Rock

The Dears

Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak are still making lovely indie pop about how ugly life and love can be. - Mark Deming

Mirage Mirage

Spirit Fest

The group celebrates friends who are dear but not always near with cozy yet expansive experimental pop. - Heather Phares


Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

The project's still delightfully wonky but more personal and meditative sixth album is their first to be self-produced. - Marcy Donelson


Moses Sumney

Building on the poignant vision of 2017's Aromanticism, Sumney's epic second set is a stunning address to the "græ" areas of identity. - David Crone

Notes on a Conditional Form

The 1975

Ambitious, stylistically eclectic, and sprawling fourth album from the Manchester pop outfit. - Matt Collar

Look Long

Indigo Girls

The folk duo take a long look outside of themselves on this empathetic, slyly adventurous album. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Ghosts of West Virginia

Steve Earle / Steve Earle & the Dukes

The Texas singer/songwriter creates an eloquent song cycle about the lives and risks of West Virginia coal miners. - Mark Deming

Strange to Explain


Fifteen years into a tirelessly curious evolution, this psychedelic indie folk band sounds more inspired and driven than ever. - Fred Thomas

I Love the New Sky

Tim Burgess

The Charlatans singer bets on inclusiveness, positivity, and good vibes on this cheerfully trippy LP. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine



Members of Eerie Wanda and Dumb Numbers team up on a love letter to the alt-rock sounds of the early '90s, especially grunge. - Tim Sendra

Banana Skin Shoes

Badly Drawn Boy

The singer/songwriter's first album in a decade triumphantly leaves the pain of the past where it belongs. - Heather Phares


Jon Balke

Four years after his groundbreaking Warp, the pianist follows with a no less ambitious approach to the fissures in societal communication. - Thom Jurek

Mutable Set

Blake Mills

On his fourth long-player, the producer, songwriter, and guitarist looks simultaneously in the rearview and toward the uncertain horizon. - Thom Jurek


Magnetic Fields

Twelfth studio album from these indie heroes collects 28 short and catchy songs, some less than half-a-minute long. - Fred Thomas

Italian Ice

Nicole Atkins

A musically playful, retro-minded fifth album whose many guests include members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and the Dap-Kings. - Marcy Donelson

Future Teenage Cave Artists


Ambitious, chaotic, and moving, the band's exploration of the messes left for future generations to clean up finds them at their experimental finest. - Heather Phares

Lil Boat 3

Lil Yachty

Fourth album from Atlanta rapper includes some of his best songs to date and an equal number of throwaway tracks. - Fred Thomas

Life On the Flip Side

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett finds some interesting variations on his signature beachy vibe. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

La vita nuova

Christine and the Queens

This moody, reflective EP generates as much heat and excitement as the kinetic dance-pop of Chris. - Heather Phares

Wild World

Kip Moore

Kip Moore wears his heart on his sleeve for this brawny yet vulnerable album. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine



The debut album from members of Fugazi and the Evens is mature, literate, and impassioned music whether it whispers or shouts. - Mark Deming

Heartbreaker Please

Teddy Thompson

The seventh album from the singer/songwriter is a testament to his growth and creative maturity 20 years on from his debut. - Mark Deming


Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga returns to glitzy disco and house on the streamlined, stylized Chromatica. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Run the Jewels

On their intensely political fourth salvo, the rap duo tackles a litany of American ills with wit and wisdom. - Neil Z. Yeung



Members of Interpol, the Walkmen, and Bonny Light Horseman gently challenge expectations with their easygoing, graceful debut. - Heather Phares

Goons Be Gone

No Age

The L.A. experimental punk duo continue exploring a balance of formless experimentation and straightforward, high-energy songwriting. - Fred Thomas

Sideways to New Italy

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

The Australian quintet follow the brilliance of their debut with an album that reaches the same heights of jangle pop in the same skillful fashion. - Tim Sendra

On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment

Ambrose Akinmusire

The trumpeter and his quartet reinforce the sometimes gauzy but always inseparable union of jazz and blues in the Black experience. - Thom Jurek

The Prettiest Curse


On their third record, the Spanish quartet set aside garage rock tropes and up the production values, while tightening the songwriting and sharpening their performances. - Tim Sendra

Rearrange Us

Mt. Joy

The folk-rockers grapple with themes of change and moving forward on their more robust sophomore set. - Timothy Monger


Sondre Lerche

The long-running singer/songwriter adds bold arrangements, string sections, and lots of surprises to his sound, adding another quality release to his CV. - Tim Sendra

Pick Me Up Off the Floor

Norah Jones

Norah Jones fashions leftover songs from the Begin Again sessions into a beguiling, cohesive album. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

To Love Is to Live

Jehnny Beth

The singer/songwriter, actor, and writer's thrilling solo debut album reveals the full scope of her talent. - Heather Phares

The Bowie Years

Iggy Pop

Hefty box set from the punk icon's comeback year with Bowie delivers some great music but almost nothing new or unusual. - Mark Deming

Sleep on the Wing


Stephen Wilkinson expands on Ribbons' folky leanings in traditional and experimental ways that are equally delightful. - Heather Phares


Taylor Swift

A moody, contemplative surprise from Taylor Swift. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston

Built to Spill

Recorded mostly during rehearsals for dates backing the legendary singer, the album is a laid-back and lovely tribute to his music. - Tim Sendra

MTV Unplugged [Live at Hull City Hall]

Liam Gallagher

A healthy, punctual and professional Liam Gallagher finally delivers a crowd-pleasing (and nostalgic) MTV Unplugged. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Gone West

Colbie Caillat's country-pop group delivers a nice, warm hug of a debut. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Things We Do for Love

The Sounds

The Swedish dance rock group examine the lows of love, merging vulnerability with their familiar pop-savvy style. - Neil Z. Yeung

Rated PG

Peter Gabriel

A tight compilation of songs Peter Gabriel contributed to film soundtracks over the years. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Rough and Rowdy Ways

Bob Dylan

On his first set of new material in eight years, Dylan turns in a vital roots outing ranging across history, culture, spirituality, sex, and mortality. - Thom Jurek


Neil Young

A lost album from 1975 that's alternately emotionally raw, intimate, and funny. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Phoebe Bridgers

Subtle shifts in production and songwriting take the second album from this indie songwriter in new, ominous directions. - Fred Thomas

Look for the Good

Jason Mraz

Mraz dives headfirst into reggae on this album-length ode to positivity. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Lamb of God

Lamb of God

The stalwart metallers rise to meet the perceived heft of the late-career eponymous LP with a ten-song set that's spilling over with caustic sonic riches. - James Christopher Monger

Not Our First Goat Rodeo

Stuart Duncan / Yo-Yo Ma / Edgar Meyer / Chris Thile

The all-star maverick string ensemble reunites for their ecstatically genre-bending follow-up to 2011's Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions. - Matt Collar

The Avalanche


The tenth album from Mike Kinsella's solo project is a testament to the beauty that can grow from sadness and introspection. - Mark Deming

South Front Street: A Retrospective 1997-2019

Grayson Capps

This retrospective compiled, sequenced -- and in some cases remixed -- by producer and spouse Trina Shoemaker is a gripping portrait of the songwriter. - Thom Jurek

Chronology: 2006-2018

The Sword

A career-spanning box set that includes studio favorites along with live recordings, covers, and B-sides, many of which were previously unreleased. - James Christopher Monger

What's Your Pleasure?

Jessie Ware

Following three Top Ten U.K. entries, the fourth album from the singer/songwriter deals in rhapsodic dancefloor intimacy. - Andy Kellman

KiCk i


The producer's fourth album celebrates her music's unapologetic contradictions and fragments in startling, beautiful, and genuine ways. - Heather Phares


The Rentals

Science fiction-themed double album from this sporadic pop project is their most ambitious work and also some of their best. - Fred Thomas



On their third album, the Texan trio place more emphasis on their vocals, resulting in their strongest, most affecting material yet. - Paul Simpson


Grey Daze

Featuring original vocals by the late Chester Bennington, this compilation showcases the music of his post-grunge '90s band. - Neil Z. Yeung

Kitchen Sink

Nadine Shah

The British crooner's fourth effort is a wily and inventive collection of funky noir-pop that pairs wry social commentary with crisp, cosmopolitan arrangements. - James Christopher Monger

Color of Noize

Derrick Hodge

The veteran bassist and producer assembles a new band to record unheard material in the studio, blurring genre boundaries to explore the uncharted. - Thom Jurek


Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne gets back to his troubadour roots on this warm, soothing record. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Complete Mercury Albums 1986-1991

Johnny Cash

A complete box set of Cash's Mercury stint proves that, contrary to conventional wisdom, he recorded plenty items of merit during the late '80s. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

First Rose of Spring

Willie Nelson

An elegant, elegiac, and decidedly mellow latter-day album from Willie Nelson. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

On Sunset

Paul Weller

A fresh, distinctive blend of soul, rock, electronica, and avant-garde from the Modfather. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

So When You Gonna...

Dream Wife

The band's second album leans into their softer side with gently empowering and, above all, catchy songs. - Heather Phares


Holy Wave

The reliably psychedelic Texas combo add more synths to the mix on their nuanced and atmospheric fifth album. - Tim Sendra



International, pan-generational project uniting musicians from South Africa, England, and beyond, expressing messages of hope for the future. - Paul Simpson

Forever Blue

A.A. Williams

The first album from this vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist is a beautifully dark exercise in post-rock dynamics. - Mark Deming

Pure X

Pure X

Austin dream pop band retain their drifty, humid sound on their most stripped-down material yet. - Fred Thomas


Bury Tomorrow

The British metalcore group's sixth effort delivers a weighty set that tosses melody and might into a blender and spams the pulse button. - James Christopher Monger


Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen

Commissioned by the Vossajazz Festival and re-created in the studio, this sextet outing is the fiery guitarist's first outside her longstanding trio. - Thom Jurek

That's How Rumors Get Started

Margo Price

The country maverick broadens and deepens her musical purview with production assistance from Sturgill Simpson. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Waterfall II

My Morning Jacket

Five years after The Waterfall, Jim James and Company release more material from the same sessions, sounding stronger than the original. - Mark Deming

Unfollow the Rules

Rufus Wainwright

Following diversions into opera, a lush, often gorgeous return to pop recorded with producer Mitchell Froom. - Marcy Donelson

Jump Rope Gazers

The Beths

Born from 18 months on the road, the more reflective follow-up to their breakout debut makes room for slower tempos without skimping on catchy hooks. - Marcy Donelson

Healing Is a Miracle

Julianna Barwick

On her first album after several life changes, the vocalist/producer explores creativity's therapeutic qualities with transcendent beauty. - Heather Phares

None of Us Are Getting out of This Life Alive

The Streets

Mike Skinner makes a welcome return on this highly collaborative mixtape that mixes timely homemade grit with some classic sonic hallmarks. - Timothy Monger


Brian Blade / Christian McBride / Brad Mehldau / Joshua Redman

Ebullient interplay and a relaxed intensity mark the reunion of Redman's original '90s acoustic quartet. - Matt Collar


The Chicks

The Chicks leave country and the past behind on this richly emotional and defiant album. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Ultimate Success Today


The Detroit post-punk heroes add flashes of free jazz and experimentalism to their formula and reach a new high in artful bad karma. - Mark Deming


Jens Lekman / Annika Norlin

Two Swedish singer/songwriters write sonic letters to one another over the course of a year and document it with this conceptual album. - Fred Thomas

Be Water

Christian Sands

The jazz pianist draws inspiration from the philosophy and skill of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. - Matt Collar


Bing & Ruth

David Moore switches from piano to Farfisa organ on the meditative fourth album by his post-minimalist ensemble. - Paul Simpson

The Absence of Presence


Four years on from Prelude Implicit, the American rockers returned to the studio to deliver an album comparable to their best work. - Thom Jurek



On their first album in five years, the duo dials down the synths in favor of dystopian prog rock that feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy. - Heather Phares

Skeleton Coast

The Lawrence Arms

The veteran Chicago punks take a bleak turn on their energetic, dystopian-themed seventh album. - Timothy Monger

A Brand-New Shade of Blue

Chris Stamey & the Fellow Travelers / Chris Stamey

The dB's frontman moves forward into the past with this gorgeous evocation of late-night vocal jazz in the mid-century style. - Mark Deming

Made of Rain

The Psychedelic Furs

The new wave icons' first album in decades is an impressively huge-sounding modern rock record bolstered by Richard Butler's timeless vocals. - Tim Sendra


Gloria Estefan

With joyful abandon, the singer/songwriter explores the African musical connections between Brazil and Cuba via re-envisioned hits and new tracks. - Thom Jurek

Non-Secure Connection

Bruce Hornsby

A moody puzzle box of an album featuring cameos by Leon Russell, Vernon Reid, James Mercer, and Jamila Woods. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Nashville Tears


The British singer's immaculately produced exploration of the work of country songwriter Hugh Prestwood. - Matt Collar

Even in Exile

James Dean Bradfield

A passionate, cinematic song cycle inspired by the life of Chilean dissident Victor Jara. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine


Bill Frisell

The recorded debut by this trio delivers a slew of new tunes and deftly re-examines selections from the guitarist's catalog. - Thom Jurek


All We Are

The Liverpool trio's third LP is high on bright grooves, sex, love, and positivity. - Timothy Monger

Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito streamlines his modern blues by relying heavily on the purple funk of Prince. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine



The band put their distinctly mellow, pastoral stamp on a set of covers ranging from John Denver and the Roches to David Byrne and SWV. - Marcy Donelson



After injuries sustained in a car crash derailed her career, the singer/songwriter returns with life-affirming pop indebted to the '80s and '90s. - Heather Phares


Metallica / San Francisco Symphony

Metallica celebrate the 20th anniversary of S&M by playing another extravaganza with the San Francisco Symphony. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Whole New Mess

Angel Olsen

A recontextualized solo version of 2019's All Mirrors (recorded prior to it) that stands emphatically on its own. - Marcy Donelson

Club Future Nostalgia [DJ Mix]

The Blessed Madonna / Dua Lipa

A star-studded remix album that plays like an extended DJ set courtesy of the Blessed Madonna. - Neil Z. Yeung

Use Me


Cathartic breakup set that pushes Lynn Gunn's sound further into beat-centric, electronic rock territory. - Neil Z. Yeung

Out of Body


A joyous burst of positivity and optimism from the South Carolina faith-influenced rock trio. - Neil Z. Yeung



The singer, songwriter, and producer's second album blends traditional and futuristic sounds in an epic journey from pain to strength. - Heather Phares

The Wild Card


After a decade with Verve, the reliable 12-time Grammy nominee keeps moving forward with a solid first release for her new label. - Andy Kellman

All Rise

Gregory Porter

The Grammy-winning singer returns to his original, crossover soul and jazz sound on his romantic, richly produced sixth album. - Matt Collar


Bettye LaVette

The R&B diva interprets songs associated with African-American female singers and makes them fresh and all her own. - Mark Deming

Fleetwood Mac: 1969-1974

Fleetwood Mac

A tidy box containing every album Fleetwood Mac released between 1969 and 1974, featuring bonus tracks and an unreleased live album from 1974. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Every Feeling on a Loop

Josiah Johnson

The former Head and the Heart singer turns in an emotional, life-affirming debut. - Timothy Monger

Do the Duvet

Naked Roommate

Ex-members of Oakland post-punk band the World explore funk-friendly no wave and and minimal electro on this bright debut. - Fred Thomas

As God Intended

Apollo Brown / Che Noir

Buffalo's Che Noir demonstrates her remarkably focused lyricism and stylistic versatility over Apollo Brown's rich, earthy productions. - Paul Simpson

All That Emotion

Hannah Georgas

The Juno-nominated songwriter's fourth album explores soft atmospheres and human behavior with help from the National's Aaron Dessner. - Marcy Donelson

Politicians, Protesters & Thieves

Renegade Connection

The duo of Gary Asquith and Lee Curtis create stormy, foreboding atmosphere with moody minimal dub tracks and instrumental versions. - Fred Thomas


Michael Rother

Languid soundscapes and trippy ambient pop from Neu!/Harmonia co-founder Michael Rother. - Paul Simpson

Solo II

Michael Rother

Box set of the Neu!/Harmonia co-founder's solo works from 1983 onwards, moving from Krautrock to dreamy ambient pop. - Paul Simpson

Sweet Mortality

Annie Taylor

Raw grunge thump and rousing pop punch from this indie quartet based out of Zurich. - Timothy Monger


Katy Perry

Perry returns to her signature dance-pop, only with a consciously mature perspective. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Detroit 2

Big Sean

Detroit rapper enlists an intimidating star-studded host of guest contributors to pay tribute to the city that made him. - Fred Thomas


Alicia Keys

Delayed six months, the seventh proper album from the singer/songwriter and pianist aims to heal and uplift with her largest roster of guests yet. - Andy Kellman

The Speed of Now, Vol. 1

Keith Urban

A sunny, soft-focused album that finds the country singer turning contemporary sounds into adult contemporary music. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Times

Neil Young

A solo acoustic EP that finds Neil Young reviving a bunch of old protest songs. - Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Tea for the Tillerman 2

Cat Stevens / Yusuf

50 years later, the singer/songwriter re-records the songs from his breakthrough LP in new arrangements, with puzzling results. - Mark Deming

Protean Threat

Osees / Thee Oh Sees

After a couple of albums that exploded in proggy grandeur, the group dial it back in favor of more-focused and energetic avant-garage punk. - Tim Sendra

Monochrome to Colour

Ed Harcourt

Harcourt resumes cinematic post-rock composer mode with his second all-instrumental album in a row. - Timothy Monger


Gus Dapperton

The second album from this ultra-stylized bedroom pop artist strays from homespun production in favor of a rawer sound. - Fred Thomas

Find the Sun


Angel Deradoorian's most collaborative solo work to date, as well as her most spiritually reflective. - Paul Simpson


A.G. Cook

The singer/songwriter and producer's second debut album is a satisfying blend of electronic noise, pop theatrics, and indie balladry. - Heather Phares