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Bjork: Vulnicura

album cover“Never one to do things timidly, with Vulnicura Björk delivers a breakup album that doesn’t just express sadness — it immerses listeners in the total devastation of heartbreak.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Perhaps the first time the Dead Weather have truly lived up to their promise, Dodge and Burn is a joyride of an album — sexy, fun, and dangerous, it upholds the tenets of rock & roll.” -Allmusic.com

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R. Kelly: The Buffet

album cover“Robert Kelly remains driven as ever to take a metaphorical theme to a comedic extreme and then deviate from it in direct and explicit fashion.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“The Waterfall suggests maybe My Morning Jacket would be better off doing a few things well rather than losing their way down several different paths.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“He occasionally breaks out of the murk to make some noise, like on the strutting ‘6 God,’ but mostly he keeps his head down and the mood subdued. It makes for an album that’s hard to love right away, but if you stick with it, is a rewarding listen.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Far from an exercise in mere nostalgia, it reveals new reasons as to why these tunes are eternal.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Old Dominion is keenly aware of what constitutes contemporary country music in 2015, knowing that the pendulum is slowly swinging away from the swaggering confidence of bro country and toward a softer, sweeter pop that bears pronounced but understated hip-hop inflections.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Dropping the Young from his name and turning on the full Jeezy, Church in These Streets finds the veteran Atlanta MC tackling the concept album while playing the role of an inner-city preacher.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“While the two main discs are for neophytes and casual fans, the third ‘bonus’ disc is for the hardcore — the kind of fans who will argue about the song selection on the previous two discs, and would be more interested in unreleased material than hits.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…this recording seems a vital one, and time will tell if the musical is a watershed in big-budget musical theater.” -Allmusic.com

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Grimes: Art Angels

album cover“…Claire Boucher’s fourth album is wilder, more ambitious, and — at least on the surface — more accessible than her breakthrough.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Already at his young age he’s grown too big for his surroundings. It’s exciting to hear someone so young and confident on the cusp of greatness.” -Allmusic.com

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Lianne La Havas: Blood

album cover“This work leaves the debut, impressive as it was, in the dust.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“For Depeche Mode fans, this album fits nicely alongside Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion, creating that same cowboy throwback vibe without the clutter of industrial beats and synths (likewise, one could imagine the gloom and ache of Ultra without Martin Gore’s atmospherics).” -Allmusic.com

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Angie Stone: Dream

album cover“The songs on which she and Nelson make like a mid-’60s soul-pop duo help the album stand out, while the contemporary ‘Begin Again,’ featuring Dave Hollister, is one of the year’s finest duets.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…under the stewardship of Chris Martin, Coldplay cheerfully embrace the cheese, ratcheting up both the sparkle and the sentiment so the album feels genuine in its embrace of eternal middle-aged clichés.” -Allmusic.com

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Rick Ross: Black Market

album cover“…Black Market, an album that wanders into ruminations and cooled production at will, but still ends up all slam dunks and three pointers.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Going by the level of potential shown here, it’s evident that Cara will eventually need a lot less creative assistance.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Short, sweet, and steady at nine songs that vary little in quality and sentiment — it’s resolutely smooth, all about romance, devotion, and perseverance…” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“A top-notch Lil Wayne appearance plus an unofficial Lox reunion with Styles P and Sheek Louch guesting on the LP help put this one through the uprights, giving veteran Jada one of his best and most ambitious showcases to date.” -Allmusic.com

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