On Star-Crossed, Kacey Musgraves continues to make use of her signature wounded wit to expose the hypocrisy that often lies within heteronormative gender roles.
Maisie Peters creates a loveable, introspective pop journey into the chaotic emotions that often accompany the transition into early adulthood.
Lorde’s Solar Power is a disorganized, hackneyed collection that doesn’t deepen her existing body of work but introduces a woman riddled with white privilege.
Even for a musical figure like Ben Platt whose stage presence and media personality are incredibly loveable, it would’ve been better to make an LP more like his debut.
Marina re-embraces her inner strength and quite possibly creates her magnum opus with Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land.
Olivia Rodrigo creates something uniquely and unabashedly her own simply by refusing to be anyone but the current version of herself—messy emotions and all.
As she attempts to shed the weight of her past, Demi Lovato embraces every part of herself and creates some of her most unapologetic music to date on Dancing With the Devil.
While reminding us that he has always been more sonically interesting on his own, Nick Jonas’ attempts at deeper emotion and thought fall flat on his new solo LP, Spaceman.
With Confetti, Little Mix have captured the best of both worlds: the beloved dance-pop that made them famous with newfound creative freedom and power.
In the process of creating Disco, Kylie Minogue has captured the essence of what has always made her compelling: ignoring expectations and dancing the tears away.