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Dec 18, 2013

R. Kelly

Black Panties
by Brian Raftery

On his past two albums, R&B’s most shameless lover man abandoned his shtick in favor of lovelorn, PG-rated retro soul. But the 2011 throat surgery that saved R. Kelly’s… | MORE

One Direction

Midnight Memories
by Rob Tannenbaum

Like the Supreme Court, One Direction want you to believe that corporations are people, too. They, and many co-writers, lard this third LP with references to adulthood (“I’m… | MORE

Neil Young

Live at the Cellar Door
by Will Hermes

This handsome solo acoustic set overlaps a few songs with earlier entries in Neil Young’s official bootleg series. But there’s no shortage of standouts, including… | MORE

Best Coast

Fade Away
by Jon Dolan

On this seven-song EP, Bethany Cosentino combines the sundown power-pop buzz of Best Coast’s 2010 debut with the Hulk-hug melodies and emotional gravity of last year’s… | MORE

Dec 15, 2013


by Rob Sheffield

"Can you lick my Skittles?" is the new "Hurry up with my damn croissants." Beyoncé has delivered countless surprises in her 15 years on top of… | MORE

Nov 05, 2013

Arcade Fire

by David Fricke

“If this is heaven/I need something more,” Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire’s founding singers, declare in close, almost whispered harmony as the… | MORE

Katy Perry

by Jon Dolan

Katy Perry’s 2010 album, Teenage Dream, was such a massive blockbuster that we’ve had to wait three years for the follow-up where she reveals the multifaceted artist … | MORE


Pure Heroine
by Jon Dolan

New artists in 2013 don’t come any “2013”-ier than Lorde. Ella Yelich-O’Connor is 16, but she could be 25. She sings tough and raps soft. She’s from… | MORE

The Final Wish

The Final Wish
by David Fillion

Jordanian rockers The Final Wish show plenty of variety on their debut LP. The three-piece traverse everything from catchy Nineties road rock (“Don’t Let Go,” “Familiar… | MORE

Pusha T

My Name Is My Name
by Mike Powell

After years of label purgatory with coke-rap menaces Clipse and a string of mixtapes for Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. imprint, Pusha T finally gets his solo debut. He’s still… | MORE

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