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

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