Neu! 50! highlights how when Neu! were good, they were great, and when they weren’t great, they had the good taste to be interesting, at the very least.
Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails is better than ever and back in Europe to remind us of the mess we’re in and to give a much-needed cathartic release.
SCALPING’s Void energetically captures music designed for a club/real-time environment and hybridizes any number of EDM, punk, and metal precursors.
Kissin Time is the sole moment in Marianne Faithfull’s more recent recording period in which she allowed her musical collaborators to shape her sound.
Dummy’s full-length debut Mandatory Enjoyment percolates with a mesmerizing, inescapable warmth—the best of its Krautpop niche this year.
Beautifulgarbage saw Garbage laid bare in a new way that has since given them more room in which to maneuver their invigorating moodiness.
Absolutely Free are back with their first album in years, Aftertouch, and have fully embraced ’80s synthpop as their music template.