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Wednesday, November 19 2014

Sam Hunt: Montevallo

Sam Hunt records his first full-length LP, makes an argument about genre, and is still problematic about women.


Monday, November 10 2014

Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste

After endless delays, the New York rapper finally drops her first album, a postmodern pop epic that aims to make an impression rather than please.


Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers


Wednesday, November 5 2014

Cold War Kids: Hold My Home

Upbeat performances and pop-rock confidence can't hide a severe lack of creativity on the Californian band's fifth album.


Friday, October 31 2014

Counterbalance: Prince’s ‘1999’

We were dreaming when we wrote this, so sue us if it goes astray. The Purple One’s 1982 breakthrough is the 199th most acclaimed album of all time, and it’s the subject of this week’s Counterbalance. All the hippies sing together.


Various Artists: The Soul of Designer Records

This is a compilation of ‘70s gospel and soul singles that appropriately honors the musicians who made them while offering a crucial glance at the stylistic elements of the American musical tradition.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time

The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.


Emma Donovan & The PutBacks - “Dawn” EPK (video) (Premiere)

Take an advanced look at the recording process behind the funky forthcoming album by the Australian soul outfit Emma Donovan & The PutBacks.


I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch!

The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.


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Jessie Ware: Tough Love (Reviews) [22.Oct.14]
JW-Jones: Belmont Boulevard (Capsule Reviews) [13.Oct.14]
Michael Jackson: Xscape (Reviews) [22.May.14]
Kelis - “Rumble” (video) (Mixed Media) [25.Mar.14]
John Newman: Tribute (Reviews) [28.Oct.13]
Ariana Grande: Yours Truly (Reviews) [12.Sep.13]
The Weeknd: Kiss Land (Reviews) [11.Sep.13]
Omar: The Man (Reviews) [6.Sep.13]
Myron & E: Broadway (Reviews) [21.Aug.13]
AlunaGeorge: Body Music (Reviews) [6.Aug.13]
Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines (Reviews) [28.Jul.13]
Redtenbacher’s Funkestra: The Cooker (Capsule Reviews) [2.Jul.13]
The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date (Sound Affects) [2.Jul.13]
Kelly Rowland: Talk a Good Game (Reviews) [27.Jun.13]
The Lonely Island: The Wack Album (Reviews) [12.Jun.13]
In Defense Of… Kanye West (Columns) [29.May.13]
Alice Russell: To Dust (Reviews) [1.May.13]
Charles Bradley: Victim of Love (Reviews) [3.Apr.13]
Kylie Auldist: Still Life (Reviews) [22.Jan.13]
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