By Christian John Wikane
From true legends to notable newcomers to acts in mid-career stride, the year's best R&B is much more than what your local Top 40 radio station would have you believe.
Sarah Shook and the Disarmers: Sidelong
Charly Bliss: Guppy
Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band: Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band
Willie Nelson: God's Problem Child
'LA92' Submerges Its Audience Into the Violent Aftermath of Institutional Racism
Fear and Loathing in Post-war Amsterdam
Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.
Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods
"It's easy to think that we would never be complicit with the dictates of an authoritarian regime, but Beholder reveals how complicated such choices can become.