Will Hermes

80

Cate Le Bon helps one of America's most beloved bands embrace abstraction more comfortably than ever.

80
One of the best singer-songwriters in the game delivers catharsis for grim times.
80
Her latest is vast, challenging, and beautifully human.
80

In the end, Humble Quest lives up to its name: 11 lithe songs about love, work, and family, some great, some good, with a coherence and clarity that make it feel matter-of-factly masterful.

80
It’s the sound of a realist and fantasist sparring, and it’s obviously where Shake lives.
80
UK pop futurist conjures struggle while curating a killer creative team.
90

It’s worth the investment; the emotion’s as visceral as it is complex, and it ranks among the best sounding records this year, deserving to be cranked on a good sound system — an album to spend time with, to fall into, to shut up and let yourself be kissed by.

80
Her first official LP in five years gathers a fluid global dream team for a wild, joyously bummed-out set of avant-pop bangers.
80
Like the short movie, it doesn’t offer any morals or profound truths. Just beauty, and an invitation to savor it while you can.
80

Legacy! Legacy! is about community, about legacies as heritage but also as that which is forged on the ground in the moment.

80

Aldous Harding uses oddness as both lure and armor ... you can hear it in the language of Designer, her quizzically beautiful third LP, where she pivots artfully from folk eccentric to pop eccentric.

80

It’s a strangely addictive mix, comfort-food nostalgia that telegraphs knowingness without sarcasm, parody or airquotes.

80
It's a pleasure to hear new music from Mould during America’s current cultural crisis. What may surprise you is how violently happy he can sound.
70

It’s deceptively chill music that, like most of McCombs work, honors the past while steeling itself for the future.

70

The record’s nine songs clock in at just 28 minutes total, which feels just right, the samey-ness among songs playing as a strength, conjuring a mood and maintaining it, yet never feeling predictable.

60
There’s an element of the ridiculous in this. But there’s also a charm to their guileless, retro-fetishist conviction.
80
Hélöise Letissier creates a polyglot pop that transcends gender, international borders and musical categories.
80
As her third LP proves, making complex feelings of powerlessness loom as large as movie kaijus isn’t just a signature talent — it can seem like the main point and power of what Miyawaki does.
80

While The Now Now works as a piece, it does lack the sparks that come from the usual Gorillaz mess of ideas and personalities.

80

Tell Me How You Really Feel is noisy and way more pissed off than her 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, unsheathing sharp new earnestness alongside her trademark sabers of sarcasm and penetrating observation.

80
His first album of originals in more than a decade has all the qualities that have defined him as one of America's greatest songwriters
80

Though Golden Hour might take time to relax into, the set is a fine lava-lamp soundtrack, and if "country" suggests engaging American musical traditions with respect and pioneer spirit, then this album is as country as it comes.

70
It's his strangest record, but per usual, it shows his continued devotion to rock's dark arts: the tangled cultural roots, "mistake"-enhanced recording traditions, self-righteous fury and fetchingly-deranged megalomania.

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