The album won't go down without a fight. As the algorithmic thinking of the streaming music era tightens its grip on the record industry and consumer listening habits, artists are still writing and recording collections of new material, releasing them as cohesive units on specific dates, and suggesting that you listen to them in a pre-established order. As a format for enjoying multiple songs and a way of thinking about creative development, it remains essential. Even with all its tumult, didn't change that. There's always good new music out there, providing the soundtrack to the highs and lows of daily life. Sometimes it comes from a new artist you've never heard of before; sometimes it comes from a reliable veteran you perhaps stopped listening to consistently. Either way, great albums make an impression. These are the best records of Like this kind of stuff?
"Manic" cements Halsey as one of pop music's strongest and bravest songwriters.
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Fri 20 Dec Those sounds are more than just another layer of Americana cosplay: her obsession with American archetypes, once dismissed as superficial, has matured into an acute understanding of how they are created and frustration at what they conceal. A subtly defiant assertion that Del Rey is here for the long haul, no matter what. Laura Snapes Read the full review. Until this year, rapper Dave was a singles artist — he managed 11 before his debut album was released — but Black marked a sea change: serious, reflective and grown-up. An absentee father, a sibling in prison his brother Christopher is serving a life sentence for his involvement in the killing of Sofyen Belamouadden , a burgeoning, pressurised music career — it all gets mixed into an urban opera that plays out intensely, and internally. Lanre Bakare Read the full review. Alexis Petridis Read the full review.