Her lyrics may be personal, but the package as a whole feels disappointingly generic.
Her music is both familiar and twisty, blowing up live drums into huge beats, telescoping her throaty voice into massive choruses, and diving into the trashy transcendence of Eurodisco power ballads.
Much like Jepsen's Emotion or Swift's 1989, Foxes' All I Need is vibrant, intelligently crafted pop pleasure.
While Grobler's music often bursts with light, frivolous energy, this album has an undertone of dissatisfaction that's new.
It’s a durable, malleable passport to hedonism—loud when you want it to be, just funky enough, capable of holding up to headphone scrutiny.
The world Grobler crafts on Matter isn’t colored with the iridescent shades of blue from his early career; it is now a palate so bright and garish that it hurts the eyes.
St. Lucia's splendid synth-pop allure has instant pop catchiness, but Grobler's willingness to wear his lyrics' romantic motivations like a badge of honor gives Matter a thrilling extra jolt.
That candid affability and late-night wisdom has always been, and still remains, the essence of Junior Boys. It makes Big Black Coat feel like business as usual for Geenspan and Didemus, even as it does more with their wealth of experience than ever before.
It’s not exactly warm, but warmth is not the point. Comfort is, and Big Black Coat has something of a familiar, vintage feel.
Despite perhaps being a little too tasteful to truly excite, Big Black Coat is an accomplished, soulful effort that will reward casual listeners and audiophiles alike.
Oceanic synths, wobbly basslines, and precise snare drums cohere into a crisp pop sound, while his high, expressive voice bobs brightly above the surface.
For Islah, Kevin Gates largely swipes left on coke rap sermons for insouciant, luminescent swoops — evoking the rush of coming up on ecstasy — and in doing so, links himself inextricably with a new, succinct, energetic-but-slightly-warped vision for rap music.
She’s built an admirable persona that’s both mask and mirror — maybe next time she can show us something we don’t already know.
Personally and professionally, more than conventionally, the album marks a progression for the artist, a trap-centric opus defining the renowned cliché, the best revenge is success.
It’s not an album that slopes along, resting on its laurels. More an album that demands repeated listens, at times creates confusion, and juts from one influence to the next.
Is the Is Are is told with barefaced honesty, seen through the lens of a band that is reclaiming their capacities as a unit after their lead songwriter faced near self-destruction.
‘Adore Life’ sacrifices intensity for heart and with some exploration into the use of space and silence, it could be their perfect album.
Their second album sharpens their instrumental attack, while singer Jehnny Beth exposes her bloody heart -- nearly every song addresses desire as a force that can destroy a lover's identity.
Release Date: January 22, 2016
Painting With is not only the best Animal Collective album since 2009 (and arguably their best ever), but it could also go down as the closest thing this generation will have to getting a new Pet Sounds.
As the title suggests, Dream A Garden is an earthy album compared to Classical Curves, but its contrasting sounds are full of impressive and subtle three-dimensionality.
'Natureboy' serves as an adept education on equilibrium, an accomplished piece of artistry which is prolific in its worldly influence but never self-indulgent enough to get lost in it.