Album Reviews

Charli XCX “Sucker” review: Taking shots at pop’s elite

London’s Charli XCX hopes to join the ranks of Taylor Swift, Lorde and Iggy Azealia with her major label debut, “Sucker.”

London’s Charli XCX hopes to join the ranks of Taylor Swift, Lorde and Iggy Azealia with her major label debut, “Sucker.”



Best albums of 2014: St. Vincent, Run the Jewels and more

The best albums of 2014.

Here are the best albums of 2014 with St. Vincent, Run the Jewels, Ty Segall, the War on Drugs and more.



D’Angelo “Black Messiah” review: A subtle, beautiful return after 14 years

D'Angelo is back after 14 years with "Black Messiah," an album that's subtle, political, organic and reclaim's his throne as R&B's genius.

D’Angelo is back after 14 years with “Black Messiah,” an album that’s subtle, political, organic and reclaim’s his throne as R&B’s genius.



J. Cole, “2014 Forrest Hills Drive” review: The rapper holds nothing back

On J. Cole's “2014 Forrest Hills Drive” we see the evolution from a kid with a dream to a man with the plan.

On J. Cole’s “2014 Forrest Hills Drive” we see the evolution from a kid with a dream to a man with the plan.



Ghostface Killah “36 Seasons” review: A masterful old gangster’s tale

Hulking, towering and masterful, Ghostface Killah's “36 Seasons” is an old gangster’s tale.

Hulking, towering and masterful, Ghostface Killah’s “36 Seasons” is an old gangster’s tale.



Your Old Droog EP review: He’s not Nas, but his debut is strong

Your Old Droog is sharp, dexterous, mischievous and funny. And based off the strength of his debut EP, he's worth keeping an eye on.

Your Old Droog is sharp, dexterous, mischievous and funny. And based off the strength of his debut EP, he’s worth keeping an eye on.



TV on the Radio “Seeds” review: This will make you miss the band’s heyday

“Seeds” is so wonderfully close to the best TV on the Radio can do, its bound to make fans miss the heyday.

“Seeds” is so wonderfully close to the best TV on the Radio can do, it’s bound to make fans miss the heyday.



Ariel Pink “pom pom” review: weird, wonderful and divisive

Ariel Pink's wonderfully weird "pom pom" is dumb, clever, grating and catchy all at the same time. Expect it to bookend this year's best and worst of lists.

Ariel Pink’s wonderfully weird “pom pom” is dumb, clever, grating and catchy all at the same time. Expect it to bookend this year’s best and worst of lists.



Foo Fighters “Sonic Highways” review: A dull path to complacency

On "Sonic Highways," Foo Fighters pull out the usual and reliable style in the way a machine in a factory puts together a clock.

On “Sonic Highways,” Foo Fighters pull out the usual and reliable style in the way a machine in a factory puts together a clock.



Bobby Shmurda, “Shmurda She Wrote” review: It’s no “Shmoney” dance, but it’s a start

Bobby Shmurda can rap and has an incredible ear for beats. “Shmurda She Wrote” seems a bit rushed, but with more time and creative concepts, he’ll truly be an MC with staying power.

Bobby Shmurda can rap and has an incredible ear for beats. “Shmurda She Wrote” seems a bit rushed, but with more time and creative concepts, he’ll truly be an MC with staying power.