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Carly Rae Jepsen, Antipersona

by Lucas Fagen on December 19, 2015

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Carly Rae Jepsen is the emptiest pop diva to have released an album this year, and that’s not an insult.

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Grimes, Self-Conscious Art Angel

by Lucas Fagen on November 28, 2015

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Put on the new Grimes album and prepare for 50 minutes of squeal.

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Beach House Lullaby

by Lucas Fagen on November 21, 2015

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The latest two albums from Beach House, ‘Depression Cherry’ and ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars,’ were released this year less than two months apart, and good luck trying to distinguish one from the other.

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Long Road Outta Compton

by Lucas Fagen on October 31, 2015

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Dr. Dre has been coasting on myth for so long that the success of his new album comes as a genuine surprise.

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Let’s Spend the Weeknd Together

by Lucas Fagen on October 24, 2015

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Abel Tesfaye’s new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, cements the former indie/DIY/Internet mystery man’s newfound commercial clout.

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Twenty One Pilots: Eclectopop

by Lucas Fagen on September 27, 2015

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Twenty One Pilots confound genre lines so exuberantly that even Wikipedia has no idea what to make of them.

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Yo La Tengo Mix a Tape

by Lucas Fagen on September 19, 2015

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Yo La Tengo have always been a peaceful, lyrical-sounding band, but the fragility level on their new album is something else.

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Galantis, Intimacy Machine

by Lucas Fagen on August 30, 2015

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A cascading synthesizer shimmers as a nondescript female voice starts whispering various stock phrases. The melody builds a little, there’s a brief pause, then the singer becomes a chipmunk and the synthesizers start blocking out the beat.

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Kacey Musgraves, Ouroboros 

by Lucas Fagen on August 22, 2015

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“I ain’t pageant material,” declares country songbird Kacey Musgraves on the title track to her new album, but the song’s too pretty, too demure, too well-mannered.

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From chirpy beginning to gloomy end, the new Sun Kil Moon album portrays a man in love with the concrete noun.

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