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Ari Lennox channels throwback romanticism on ‘age / sex / location’

The singer’s chatroom-themed sophomore album is carried by old-fashioned confidence and charisma.

John Legend’s new album is offensively inoffensive

‘Legend’ dabbles in every corner of contemporary pop, but is too timid to make a profound statement.

Selena's posthumous album 'MOONCHILD MIXES' revives her youthful vision

The remix project works best as an intro for newer listeners, a testament to Selena's timelessness, and an extra chapter for completionists.

DJ Khaled’s star-studded Rolodex can’t resuscitate ‘God Did’

Khaled can get a feature from virtually anyone he wants, but that won’t fix overproduced and emotionless tracks.

On Traumazine, Megan Thee Stallion shows she’s deeper than “hot girl summer”

The rapper’s sophomore album is a meditation on public and private grief.

Calvin Harris’s ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2’ is music for malls

The collection of retro pop is a long escalator ride to mediocrity.

Beyoncé nearly captures the perfect club night with ‘Renaissance’

The singer’s first album in six years is frequently ecstatic, rhythmically daring, and engrossing.

Joey Badass loses a step on '2000'

The summer-ready production slaps, but the songwriting is restrictive and rigid.

Steve Lacy has a little fun with his broken heart on Gemini Rights

Rather than feigning post-breakup clarity, the singer's sophomore album spans the gamut of messy emotions.

Lizzo's new album 'Special' is anything but

While her voice is as buoyant and unburdened as ever, the songwriting sags under the weight of its own desperation.

On WASTELAND, Brent Faiyaz won’t let himself off the hook

The singer/songwriter supports admittedly toxic lyrics with some of the year’s most daring musical decisions.

Who does Burna Boy want to be?

The artist is poised to become a superstar, but on his latest album Love, Damini his mission lacks clarity.

Honestly, Nevermind is the best record Drake has ever made

The Canadian artist’s seventh album eschews celebrity gossip for engrossing dance music.

On his new album, Post Malone proves yet again he has nothing to say

On ‘Twelve Carat Toothache,’ Malone continues to conflate a superficial darkness with depth.

On The Eminem Show, the rapper sharply skewered society — but lost sight of himself

The album that closed the first stage of Eminem’s career was fueled by his steadily fraying personal life.

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