Spring Music Preview 2014: 27 Must-Hear Albums

The season's hottest albums – from U2's big return to Miranda Lambert's country-pop blowout

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Jhené Aiko, 'Souled Out' (May)

Jhené Aiko, 'Souled Out' (May)

Last year, rising soul star Aiko proved she was a great collaborator, singing the hook for Drake's "From Time" and calling in Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino for her own hit EP, Sail Out. But Aiko's full-length debut will set the spotlight squarely on her powerhouse voice. "People are used to me with rappers," she says. "I'm anxious to show people where I am as an artist." She can guarantee at least one guest verse, though, on the song "Promises": her four-year-old daughter, Namiko. "I practice my songs in the car, and she's usually in the back seat, so she knows them," says Aiko. "I brought her in the studio and said, 'Remember that song we've been singing?'"

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