Tag Archives: Albums (2017)

Testing the limits of reaching out: Tyler, the Creator and Romeo Santos

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy Having gotten clicks from demonstrations of truculence, Tyler Gregory Okonma shares a few unexpected admissions, truculently. I don’t think he’s either clever enough or cynical enough (or truculent enough) to fake them. “For the … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2017 — first half report

Hi! The year’s half over. Here are twenty-two albums I have loved. Kehlani – SweetSexySavage Cloud Nothings – Life Without Sound The xx – I See You Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now Arto … Continue reading

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Charlie Worsham and Lana del Rey

Charlie Worsham – The Beginning of Things Young, adept at playing several instruments, this Jackson native can sing well and write better. Although the credits on his sophomore album feature Nashville standbys Shane McAnally and Ryan Tyndell, the most important … Continue reading

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Striving and making sense: Haim and Jay Z

Haim – Something to Tell You In a chart era indifferent if not hostile to women recording songs without the help of a Chainsmoker or a phalanx of rap stars – when this week only Julie Michaels and Halsey have … Continue reading

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Rhymin’ and disappearin’: Vince Staples

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory Beats that clank and grind like the seats in an old jeep, mostly provided by SOPHIE, and beats with chirped samples and aqueous synth patches, mostly provided by twenty-year-old Zack Sekoff with assistance from … Continue reading

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Getting the details right: Jason Isbell and 2 Chainz

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound Intelligent songs intelligently performed, with a songwriter at the microphone conscious of his limitations as a performer, as a member of the human race; this is Jason Isbell’s best realized … Continue reading

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Comebacks: Big Boi, Ride, and Alison Moyet

Big Boi – Boomiverse When Antwan André Patton released his last good album, Barack Obama was in the White House and the Democrats still controlled both chambers. This native Georgian can’t be too happy about the results in the Sixth … Continue reading

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Lorde’s melodramatic flair

The grisly state of American chart pop is good news for Lorde, who introduced herself almost four years ago with a song in which she reveled in being out of place and time. Keeping its title promise, Melodrama arrives as … Continue reading

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So cool, calm, collected: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie The pair has written songs before: the simmering little jam called “World Turning” on Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ first record with Fleetwood Mac in 1975; the opalescent “Mystified” and “Isn’t It Midnight” … Continue reading

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Hey, it’s only love: Saint Etienne and Bryson Tiller

Saint Etienne – Home Counties “What kind of fool do you take me for?” Sarah Cracknell asks on “What Kind of World,” and the answer is, no kind of fool, Sarah. On first or even third listen, Home Counties, a … Continue reading

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Joy for its own sake: The Mountain Goats and Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai Led by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams and her seven mates plus more help on backing vocals, mbira, and flutes have created for their second album an intoxicating hybrid of mutant disco and makossa: a … Continue reading

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Smiles won’t fool the public: Paramore and Willie Nelson

Paramore – After Laughter After four albums, including 2013’s eponymous terrific pop breakthrough, and several ex-members with a talent for litigious activity, Paramore has become one helluva efficient act: After Laughter offers twelve tunes of variable quality, each boasting at … Continue reading

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