Crack-Up

Fleet Foxes

Released: June 16, 2017 | Nonesuch Records Inc.

If Pecknold taught us anything on Crack-Up (the band's first release in six years) it’s that being alone is okay in some circumstances, but sharing life’s beauty with friends is better than experiencing it alone. (REVIEW)

GENRE: FOLK

From a Room, Vol. 1

Chris Stapleton

Released: May 5, 2017 | Mercury Records

From a Room, Vol. 1 finds Stapleton crooning some of the soulful strains we’ve come to know and love, but also sees the singer expanding his sonic palette.  (REVIEW)

GENRE: COUNTRY

No Shape

Perfume Genius

Released: May 5, 2017 | Matador Records

On No Shape, Perfume Genius exchanges the relentlessly agonizing for a finely-tuned balance of passion — all while maintaining an incredible sense of honesty.  (REVIEW)

GENRE: POP

DAMN.

Kendrick Lamar

Released: April 14, 2017 | Top Dawg / Aftermath / Interscope

DAMN. is the album Kendrick needed, where he takes the popular world by storm and forces the radio and clubs to listen to important issues instead of superficial songs about fake love or drug usage. (REVIEW)

GENRE: HIP-HOP

More Life

Drake

Released: March 17, 2017 | Republic Records

Ultimately, More Life does a terrific job creating a mood with its dancehall-flecked, atmospheric production, and points to a fascinating fork in the road moment for the world’s biggest rapper.  (REVIEW)

GENRE: HIP-HOP

I See You

The xx

Released: January 13, 2017 | Young Turks

On The xx’s third project I See You, the group has added another great piece to what’s becoming an impressive catalog of music.  (REVIEW)

GENRE: ELECTRONIC

Run The Jewels 3

Run The Jewels

Released: December 24, 2016 | Run The Jewels, Inc.

Run The Jewels 3 is the duo’s pinnacle release; while the album may seem on first listen to lack the bombast and animosity of RTJ2, it still hits just as hard — and even hits smarter. (REVIEW)

GENRE: HIP-HOP

"Awaken, My Love!"

Childish Gambino

Released: December 2, 2016 | Glassnote Records

In the face of 2016, Childish Gambino delivered a vulnerable, Funkadelic-inspired take on navigating his fears and romantic musings as a father, lover and friends on his new funk-filled opus. (REVIEW)

GENRE: FUNK

Starboy

The Weeknd

Released: November 25, 2016 | XO / Republic Records

The Dark Knight of pop makes his return with a Ben Affleck performance; extremely overhyped, plenty of flashy moments without any substance, and entirely too long to actually enjoy. (REVIEW)

GENRE: POP

We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

A Tribe Called Quest

Released: November 11, 2016 | Epic Records

Backed by lyrical content that has never been more potent and relevant, We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service is proof that A Tribe Called Quest never really left.  (REVIEW)

GENRE: HIP-HOP

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen

Released: October 21, 2016 | Columbia Records

You Want It Darker is not a casual invitation into the final moments of the revered songwriter’s life, but a plea to stay, to take up residence, and to fully explore the intricacies of each and every track.  (REVIEW)

GENRE: FOLK

Yes, Lawd!

NxWorries

Released: October 21, 2016 | Stones Throw Records

At times, Yes, Lawd! feels like a victory lap for .Paak, especially after this year’s star-making Malibu, but calling it that would be an absolute disservice to what is an incredible standalone project.  (REVIEW)

GENRE: R&B

WALLS

Kings of Leon

Released: October 14, 2016 | RCA

WALLS sounds safe and comfortable. The songs coast along with a mellow fluidity that serves to establish a decidedly more mature — if complacent — sound. (REVIEW)

GENRE: ROCK

Revolution Radio

Green Day

Released: October 7, 2016 | Reprise Records

All things considered, Revolution Radio is somewhat of a return to form. There is nothing groundbreaking, but there is much to be admired in the simplicity of Green Day’s return. (REVIEW)

GENRE: ROCK

A Seat at the Table

Solange

Released: September 30, 2016 | Saint Records / Columbia

Solange made the pro-black, coming-of-age piece of art this generation needed; it’s so refreshing to see an artist who is making the songs we need to hear instead of the songs we want to hear. (REVIEW)

GENRE: R&B

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