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album cover“While First Comes the Night doesn’t break any new stylistic ground for Isaak, it also doesn’t hurt his reputation, and deftly reinforces his image as a glamorous, charming torchbearer for traditional pop songcraft.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Their songwriting shows growth, their vocals remain flawless, the production team continues to throw the occasional curveball to go along with the softballs, and there are plenty of songs that sound like the best pop music has to offer in 2015.” -Allmusic.com

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Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap

album cover“Consider that the MC went from his debut Internet upload to superstar with a self-titled album all in a year-and-a-half and this is a stunning achievement, plus that rare, pleasingly unfiltered debut that captures an exciting upcoming artist with little refinement.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“… never once do the songs on What’s Inside feel in mere service to a plot. Taken on their own, they’re lively, clever, and bold, and further evidence of Bareilles’ versatility, elegance, and wit.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“While Higher Truth never seems as self-consciously confessional as Euphoria Mourning, this mellow simplicity is an attribute: a relaxed Cornell creates a comforting mood piece that’s enveloping in its warmth.” -Allmusic.com

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Selena Gomez: Revival

album cover“There are some songs as good as anything she’s done and the production is professional all the way thanks to heavy hitters like Stargate, Max Martin, and Hit Boy. It makes for a solid pop album overall, but it’s a little too formulaic and predictable to rate among her best work.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“He may not forcibly claim this ground here but that’s the appeal of Crosseyed Heart: it’s a winningly low-key record, where the atmosphere matters more than the songs, yet Richards doesn’t neglect writing tunes this time around.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“As the black & white album cover illustration of a palm tree on a beach implies, this is surf music for street goths and beach bums with bad attitudes.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…Compton crackles with life and spirit…” -Allmusic.com

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Ryan Adams: 1989

album cover“He’s as canny a producer as he is a conceptualist, coaxing forgotten college rock sounds out of his Pax-Am Studios and treating Swift’s originals as text to be interpreted, a move that neither saves nor strengthens the originals but rather highlights the skill of Taylor the songwriter and Adams the musician.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“Despite a protest song for Ferguson, Missouri, what’s striking about My Stupid Heart is how it doesn’t feel explicitly connected to its time: it draws from Americana traditions and finds new elements to explore within that vein.” -Allmusic.com

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New Politics: Vikings

album cover“The third full-length album from Denmark’s New Politics, 2015’s Vikings features more of the trio’s infectious emo and dance-oriented pop.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…one wonders how 5SOS can get away with blatantly lifting the melody of Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry Like the Wolf,’ as they do on ‘Hey Everybody!’ The answer is by freely copping to the lift and crediting Duran Duran. In the end, though, perhaps we shouldn’t be too critical of the band’s unabashed cut-and-paste sound, especially if the songs are as a catchy as they are here.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…this is unapologetically well-tailored contemporary music, drawing upon the traditions of Kentucky and Laurel Canyon to create something gentle, pretty, and substantive, something that is as enchanting as it was the first time around.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“What Anastasio achieves with Paper Wheels is tricky — he’s made a jam band record with defined hooks and songs that neither dilutes his identity or compromises it — but he makes it seem easy.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“If Stuff Like That There isn’t as revelatory as Fakebook, it’s a splendid, beguiling album that’s perfectly suited for late nights and rainy afternoons, and a welcome reminder of one of the many, many things Yo La Tengo do so well.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“If you’re looking for something cool and groovin’ to put under your tree or to slap on the stereo while you and your friends knock back some eggnog, It’s a Holiday Soul Party is a hip, stylish, and rollicking good time.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…this is old-fashioned music for an old-fashioned season, so it’s bound to conjure warm, toasty nostalgia for those who share Setzer’s sensibilities.” -Allmusic

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album cover“Where Rabbits on the Run often felt insular, Liberman seems to float above the fray, achieving a delicacy that’s reflective while skillfully avoiding solipsism.” -Allmusic.com

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album cover“…even when he’s tackling complex emotions, DeLong never forgets to keep his songs hip-swayingly straightforward and melodically memorable.” -Allmusic.com

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