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album cover“…This Is What the Truth Feels Like manages to be as fleet, giddy, and charming as Gwen Stefani ever is.” -Allmusic.com

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Pet Shop Boys: Super

album cover“Coming almost three years after their excellent, unexpected, and infectious LP Electric, 2016’s Super is the second album where the Pet Shop Boys call themselves ‘electronic purists,’ holing up in the studio with returning producer Stuart Price and a mess of PCs, drum machines, and synths.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…a confident, colorful claim to the Southern soul throne left vacated by her father.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…Party Rock Mansion is filled with crafted, party-worthy trash.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…untitled unmastered. is no mere offcut dump. It’s as vital as anything else its maker has released.” -Allmusic.com

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2 Chainz: ColleGrove

album cover“…a glorious journey across the hip-hop production spectrum, from Mannie Fresh to Metro Boomin.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Back in 2001, The Psychedelic Swamp seemed an appropriate name for the debut cassette from psychedelic pranksters Dr. Dog, but some 15 years later the title seems even more fitting given that the band decided to revisit, rework, and re-jigger the entirety of the album to create a brand-new album for 2016.” -Allmusic.com

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album coverSanded and varnished though they may be, the pair feel fresh, their chemistry easy and natural, so they pull off their spiffy retro act with style.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Goin’ Your Way catches two top-notch artists in grand form, giving their best for their fans and seemingly having a lot of fun doing it, and this is an engaging souvenir of an inspired meeting of the smart pop minds.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…More Issues Than Vogue wisely sticks to roughly the same makeup of Pate’s first two albums.” -Allmusic

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Rita Wilson: Rita Wilson

album cover“Rita Wilson is a rare example of an album that’s meant to be an honest work of personal expression and a bid for larger commercial success at the same time…” -Allmusic.com

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Pete Yorn: ArrangingTime

album cover“This tonal elasticity gives ArrangingTime an enveloping warmth, one that is alluring even if it tends to shift concentration away from the songwriting that allegedly was his greatest strength.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Despite its hardscrabble title — a sentiment mirrored by the deeply etched black & white cover art — 2016’s Blues of Desperation is very much a continuation of the bright, varied blues-rock heard on Different Shades of Blue.” -Allmusic.com

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Zayn: Mind of Mine

album cover“It’s music he couldn’t have made with One Direction and while it may not be breaking any new ground, it’s new for him and he’s talented enough to make that interesting for anyone who likes well-made pop music.” -Allmusic.com

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The Kooks: Listen

album cover“…the Kooks definitively take a step toward a fresher, modern music, one that’s informed by dance music and rap, not to mention a retro-new wave fetish that’s simultaneously old and new.” -Allmusic.com

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Take 6: Believe

album cover“There are several soothing and romantic numbers, including ‘You Know You’re in Love,’ which includes harmonica from old friend Stevie Wonder…” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…Upland Stories is a reminder that the brilliance of Gone Away Backward was no fluke, and that in his mid-fifties, Robbie Fulks is only getting better, both as a songwriter and as a recording artist. Highly recommended.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“The Welsh trio’s third spin under the stylus, Hitch finds the Joy Formidable turning inward, but keeping the speaker cabinets aimed squarely toward the nosebleed section.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“There are excesses in every direction — sometimes the ballads get too sticky, sometimes the jams too slick — but that’s part of Mason’s appeal: he liked to sample everything he fancied and this is a good sampler of all those interests.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“A majestic, clamorous work of spiritually motivated, large ensemble jazz and gospel, Wynton Marsalis’ 2016 The Abyssinian Mass is a truly epic offering.” -Allmusic.com

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