In collaborating with hip indie acts, Amadou & Mariam met with critical rebuke. Ten years on, Folila is a masterpiece that bridges the gap between two sonic worlds.
Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out proved the third time’s the charm, as it took them from coffee houses and record shops to packed houses across the country.
Thirty years ago, Annie Lennox’s Diva set a new standard for blue-eyed soul because she approached the style with depth, understanding, humility, and respect.
Wynonna captured country star Wynonna Judd’s specific brilliance wonderfully, so it’s no wonder she once called the debut solo EP her favorite.
Thirty-five years after its premiere, Suzanne Vega’s literate, minimalist gem Solitude Standing is fresh and worth revisiting. It’s essential work from one of popular music’s most gifted artists.
Thirty years on, They Might Be Giants Apollo 18 prevails as an eclectically nerdy collage of accordion ballads, college-rock anthems, and found soundbites.
Céline Dion’s quintessential A New Day Has Come presents an interesting transition from the era of ’90s superstar divas to something more fractured and niched.
Perfume Genius’ 2012 album Put Your Back N 2 It offers a bleak yet comforting unpacking of sexual identity, addiction, physical abuse, and family trauma.
Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection was the ultimate blend of pop culture and capitalism—that is until she woke up from the dream.
Over a decade after Odd Future permanently altered the rap landscape, the group’s gleefully offensive debut shines in certain places and falters in others.
Madonna’s MDNA is an embrace of her club roots and the high-octane EDM popular in the 2010s with the novel concept of the DJ as a celebrity. For Madonna, music and dance mean salvation and freedom.