The Best Albums + Songs of 2017.5

With honorable mentions to Alison Crutchfield, Arca, Beth Ditto, Big Thief, Charli XCX, The Courtneys, Dua Lipa, Drake, Future, Future Islands, Harry Styles, Hater, Jay Som, Johnny Jewel, Jens Lekman, Julie Byrne, Mac DeMarco, The Menzingers, Priests, Sampha, (Sandy) Alex G, Sorority Noise, Spoon, Slowdive, Stormzy, Syd, SZA, Tennis, TOPS, and Young Thug, there can […]

“Do U Love Me” is another winner for Young Thug

Young Thug’s “singing album,” Beautiful Thugger Girls, is not a country album, despite what you may have heard. Yes, the excellent opening track “Family Don’t Matter” carries with it traces of country, but the album largely adheres to the hues he played with on Jeffery cuts “Wyclef Jean” and “Kanye West,” as well as his More Life collaboration “Ice Melts.”

LIV makes good on their potential with “Heaven”

Perhaps it has to do with outsized expectations, or artists struggling to find a common musical vocabulary, but supergroups most always are more exciting on paper than on record. So it was with trepidation I took the news last year that Swedish pop heavyweights Lykke Li, Miike Snow and Peter, Bjorn and John had recorded an […]

Carly Rae Jepsen aims straight for the heart on “Cut To The Feeling”

While Emotion didn’t make Carly Rae Jepsen the world’s biggest pop star, it positioned as her as one of our best. She has hardly slowed down since, with last year seeing the release of the b-sides of collection Emotion: Side B, and now she’s back with another song from the Emotion sessions, “Cut To The Feeling,” which is […]