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  • 1989
    When Taylor Swift decides to do something, the girl really knows how to overdo it. So on her fifth album, when she indulges her crush on Eighties synth-pop, she goes full blast, spending most of the album trying to turn herself into the Pet Shop Boys. 1989 is a drastic departure......
  • Phantom Radio
    Since his days fronting grunge-era rockers Screaming Trees, baritone growler Mark Lanegan has pursued a raw, doomy primitivism. This is a 21st-century version of the same: Phantom Radio was recorded using an iPhone drum-machine app called FunkBox, and it sounds like a solitary dance party in a serial killer's backwoods shed.......
  • Hungry Ghosts
    OK Go's songs are a lot like their brilliant viral-hit videos: cute, ingeniously crafted and entertaining, but not something you need to experience more than a few times. Their fourth LP veers from Prince-ly falsetto pop ("I'm Not Through") to sweeping alt-rock ("The One Moment") to pretty, acoustic reverie ("Lullaby"),......
  • Ride Out
    New Bob Seger albums don't show up too often (this is his second since 1995). But he's still the same heartland warrior with the same sturdy, elastic rock & roll vision. Ride Out goes from "Detroit Made," a tribute to Motor City automotive ingenuity steeped in Rust Belt rock and soul,......
  • Bestial Burden
    Pharmakon is the New York noise auteur Margaret Chardiet, a true connoisseur of screech. She likes to make her industrial-sounding gadgets scream and howl in agony, an electro-nightmare expression of her inner turmoil. And probably yours, too – if not, she'll make sure you taste the pain before you get......
  • I Forget Where We Were
    English folkie Ben Howard has several EPs and a 2011 album to his name, but this follow-up is his strongest statement yet. From the first discordant strains of "Small Things" to the meditative "All Is Now Harmed," Howard strikes a sure-footed balance between the lilting ballads we've come to expect from......
  • Hozier
    A few months ago, 24-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne was a little-known Irish singer-songwriter. But his YouTube hit "Take Me to Church" won him a wave of insta-hype, and his debut LP earns it. Blessed with a sensual singing voice and a seemingly bottomless well of lapsed-Catholic-style conflict, Hozier channels Van Morrison's......
  • Kings & Queens of the Underground
    Decades after emerging as the "Sneer of the Year," Billy Idol's face seems to have gotten stuck that way. On the singer's first album in nearly 10 years, he's still brooding on the schmaltzy "Ghosts in My Guitar" and on the title track, an autobiographical mini rock opera. He even......
  • Tough Love
    Jessie Ware wants to talk about love, but she's not sugarcoating how difficult it can be. "I had to shatter to pieces/It made me reveal myself," the recently married London singer admits on "Pieces," an emotive highlight of her second album. But for all its vulnerability, Tough Love is tenacious,......
  • Queen of the Clouds
    Like her pals in Icona Pop – not to mention Robyn, Lykke Li, First Aid Kit and who knows how many more Swedish prodigies waiting in the wings – 26-year-old Tove Nilsson is a pop adept fond of big hooks and self-aware emoting. Yet for sheer sucker-punch verse-slinging, no one's......
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