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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Kelis, 'Food' (April 22nd)
Laurent Levy20/27

Kelis, 'Food' (April 22nd)

For Kelis' first album in four years, the "Milkshake" soulwoman made a bold choice for producer: indie-rock whiz David Sitek (of TV on the Radio), who added lush layers of live instrumentation. Food combines retro flavors with modern touches, from ballads with cooing background vocals ("Floyd") to giddy, hook-laden R&B jams ("Breakfast"). "I didn't want a period piece," says Kelis. "But I wanted something with the emotion of the things I fell in love with growing up."

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