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Jody Rosen


  • 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time

    From the Beatles to Frank Ocean, from Patti Smith to Taylor Swift, and beyond

    • Music List
  • 50 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

    Including Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack and more

    • Music
  • Review: Megastars Turn Out for Splashy Elton John Tributes 'Revamp' and 'Restoration'

    Pop heavies like Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga pay their respects, but most of the revelations come from Nashville

    • Music
  • Review: Kendrick Lamar Goes Superhero-Producer on 'Black Panther' Soundtrack

    The hip-hop visionary creates and curates music to explore age-old dreams and 21st Century politics

    • Music
  • Review: Young Thug's 'Jeffery' May Be Rapper's Strongest in Years

    Our take on the zeitgeist-grabbing MC's latest mixtape

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  • Album Reviews: Florida Georgia Line, the Cadillac Three, Jake Owen

    Hard-partying bros who once owned Nashville adapt to changing times

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  • Demi

    The title of Demi Lovato's fourth LP promises a "personal" album, and Lovato gets songwriting credits on nine songs. But make no mistake: This is industrial-strength pop, and all the better for it. The songwriters include hitmaking heavyweights like Ryan Tedder and Rami Yacoub; the choruses boom; the production has a high-gloss sheen. It's predictable […]

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  • Twelve Reasons to Die

    This "groundbreaking concept album" (as the press release calls it) tells the story of an internecine mafia war, which erupts when Ghostface Killah's alter ego, Tony Starks, an aspiring member of the Deluca crime family, falls in love with a woman from the Delucas' circle – and I'm falling fast asleep trying to recount the […]

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  • Acid Rap

    Chance the Rapper doesn't hide his influences, or his ambitions. His rhyme flow at times baldly resembles Lil Wayne's or, at other times, Eminem's; his mainstream-but-iconoclastic posture draws inspiration from Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. But on his wildly anticipated, unshakably confident second mixtape, the Chicagoan speaks in his own distinctive and eccentric voice. It’s […]

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  • Mother

    It's been a decade since Natalie Maines said a few choice words about George W. Bush and set off the biggest flame war in country-music history. Overnight, the Dixie Chicks became pariahs, and the role suited them: They broke with Nashville, hooked up with Rick Rubin and recorded their tautest, most tough-minded album, 2006's Taking […]

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