Toni Braxton: Spell My Name

The masterful R&B singer returns with more creative control on a project where her voice, style, and swagger are well preserved. Toni Braxton could have had more. That seems like a crazy assertion to make […]

Hannah Georgas: All That Emotion

Produced with the National’s Aaron Dessner, the introspective Canadian singer-songwriter’s stately fourth album evokes an atmosphere of quiet loveliness. In 2009, Hannah Georgas wrote a song about hoping to run into an ex at a […]

BUMPER: pop songs 2020 EP

Michelle Zauner (a.k.a. Japanese Breakfast) and Ryan Galloway of Crying form a socially distanced, easy-going pop duo whose music offers a brief respite from the times.  Recently, a few critics have classified the year 2013 […]

Aluna: Renaissance

With her solo debut, AlunaGeorge’s Aluna Francis explores dance music in many forms—pop-house, dancehall, funk, Caribbean and African dance—as a personal refuge and an industry corrective. Featured Tracks: Play Track “Body Pump” — AlunaVia SoundCloud AlunaGeorge, […]

Bebel Gilberto: Agora

Although recorded in the shadow of tragedy, the Brazilian singer-songwriter’s first album in six years is characteristically delicate in tone and full of charm. Bebel Gilberto made Agora over three years of tragedy. In that […]

Ricky Reed: The Room

Ricky Reed, the producer behind Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” as well as hits by Jason Derulo and Fifth Harmony, offers a solo debut made via livestream and defined by a hazy, late-night melancholy.  Ricky Reed, the […]

Maluma: Papi Juancho

The Colombian pop star’s latest is low stakes, neither offensive nor remarkable, the sound of a reggaetonero you’d expect to find on a mood board for a fashion campaign. Can you really be macho if […]

Sevdaliza: Shabrang

On her sophomore album, the singer examines good and evil through a series of spare, cryptic parables. Sevdaliza approaches her sophomore album Shabrang like a lounge singer fresh off a marathon reading of Paradise Lost, […]

Katy Perry: Smile

Katy Perry’s bubbly, cliché-ridden pop feels especially unsuited for life in a pandemic. But despite all her garbled platitudes, she remains a master at executing chart-topping formulas. Between rows of Spandex at Forever 21, in […]

Troye Sivan: In a Dream EP

The Australian pop singer finds freedom in the EP format, breaking the family-friendly veneer of past releases and serving up his most idiosyncratic music yet. Featured Tracks: Play Track “Stud” — Troye SivanVia SoundCloud Late last […]

blackbear: everything means nothing

Matthew Tyler Musto’s latest album feels like a time capsule for this cursed year, a nauseating sludge of every “Study Beats” playlist and every TikTok influencer’s attempt at writing a hit. In Naoise Dolan’s recent […]

Burna Boy: Twice as Tall

The Nigerian superstar’s latest LP can feel heavy under the weight of his personal reflection and pan-African crusade. It is a load worth carrying. Featured Tracks: Play Track “Alarm Clock” — Burna BoyVia SoundCloud As a […]

Popcaan: FIXTAPE

The dancehall superstar’s latest mixtape is the best of every facet of his work, from slow-wine ballads to summery head-bangers. It’s a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre. The version of […]

Kiesza: Crave

After a car accident derailed her life, the pop singer returns with her second album, compacting emotional and romantic upheaval into tactile electro-pop packed with splashy synths and soaring melodies. Kiesza’s house-pop hit “Hideaway” arrived […]