Album Reviews

1989

Album Reviews | Ryan Adams – 1989 (2015)

When I first heard of Ryan Adams‘ preposterous song-for-song cover album of Taylor Swift’s 2014 bestseller 1989, I thought it was some kind of joke. Adams is famously prolific, having reco...

5.5 Average
Higher Truth

Album Reviews | Chris Cornell – Higher Truth (2015)

Despite the fact that Chris Cornell is my favorite male vocalist of all time — the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan is my favorite female vocalist, in case you’re wondering ̵...

7 Good
Beauty Behind the Madness

Album Reviews | The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)

Honestly, I wasn’t even that familiar with The Weeknd until his performance at the 2016 Grammys, which was pretty good — even without Lauryn Hill. He wasn’t as natural at performing ...

8 Great
E·MO·TION

Album Reviews | Carly Rae Jepsen – E·MO·TION (2015)

I was aware of the smash success of Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe,” which conquered the international pop music world back in 2012, but I paid no attention to it (or her debut al...

8 Great
Compton

Album Reviews | Dr. Dre – Compton (2015)

Bob Dylan‘s influence on popular music is said to be incalculable — in fact, much of what I just wrote comprises the first line of his AllMusic biography. I would argue the same is true of...

8.5 Great
Man Plans God Laughs

Album Reviews | Public Enemy – Man Plans God Laughs (2015)

28 years after the release of Public Enemy‘s 1987 debut album Yo! Bum Rush the Show on Def Jam, the seminal rap group releases Man Plan God Laughs via their own label, Enemy Records. Despite the...

8 Great
The Blade

Album Reviews | Ashley Monroe – The Blade (2015)

Ashley Monroe certainly had a banner year in 2013. In March, she released her long overdue debut LP Like a Rose, and in May the Pistol Annies — a trio consisting of Monroe, superstar Miranda Lam...

8 Great
Currents

Album Reviews | Tame Impala – Currents (2015)

Tame Impala received quite a bit of acclaim for their 2012 album Lonerism, picking up a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album and prominent placement near the very top of many criticsR...

9.5 Amazing
Pageant Material

Album Reviews | Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (2015)

Kacey Musgraves is one of my favorite young talents to find success in recent years. I found her 2013 debut Same Trailer Different Park to be absolutely delightful when I reviewed it a couple years ba...

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