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Aretha Franklin Was Also One of R&B’s Greatest Pianists

Even if she’d been born without a voice, she would have made a killer session musician.

Aug. 16 2018 12:48 PMA Beginner’s Guide to Aretha FranklinThe 10 best gateway songs for newcomers to the Queen of Soul.
Aug. 16 2018 10:05 AMAretha Franklin Was the Defining Voice of the 20th CenturyNo one sang as well as her, and no singer changed pop music more.
July 20 2018 4:47 PMLori McKenna Is Back to Wreck YouThe acclaimed country songwriter may have broken your heart without you even knowing. On The Tree, she’s returned to do it again.
July 2 2018 1:00 PMDrake’s Scorpion Is a Savvy Bit of PR Management With a Side of BeefThe 90-minute album manages to be more succinct than Views without saying much.
June 19 2018 2:53 PMXXXTentacion’s Death Deserves More Than IndifferenceEven if you don’t mourn for the controversial, violent rapper, his story, and his fans, shouldn’t be casually dismissed.
June 15 2018 6:23 PMAmerica’s New Favorite Song Proves Post Malone Is a Full-Blown Pop StarWith “Psycho,” the “rapper” behind “Rockstar” confirms he’s this generation’s Everlast.
June 1 2018 12:00 PMMaster of SuspenseHell-On is the latest aural thriller from Neko Case.
May 29 2018 3:00 PMPusha T’s New Album Is a Gift That Keeps on GivingDaytona is outstanding. The feud it stoked could be even better.
May 18 2018 12:11 PMHow Courtney Barnett Taught Me to Listen to the New Album From Courtney BarnettThe singer-songwriter’s sophomore LP requires its audience to take a different approach.
May 1 2018 2:41 PMBlack and White and Pynk All OverFiles on Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer, from one critic’s random access memory.
April 20 2018 1:38 PMAmerica’s New Favorite Song Finds Drake Saying “Sorry” for “Hotline Bling”With his latest No. 1, the rapper takes a page from Justin Bieber and breaks another record.
April 10 2018 7:00 PMOn Her Debut Album, Cardi B Takes Rap History, Flips It, and Reverses ItWhere others see contradictions, she sees only opportunities.
March 29 2018 12:09 PMWhen the Student Became the MasterA new box set captures Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s final tour together. It challenges the conventional wisdom about both of them.
March 16 2018 1:38 PMYo La Tengo’s There’s a Riot Going On Is Hardly Riotous, but It’s One of Their BestLike the Sly and the Family Stone classic from which it takes its name, the album responds to troubling times by turning inward.
March 1 2018 9:00 AMBecoming DesertAfter almost 40 years, I left Alaska. In barrenness, I found new music.
Aug. 16 2018 10:06 AMHow Aretha Franklin Created “Respect”The story of the greatest cover song of all time and the quintessential empowerment anthem.
July 27 2018 2:26 PMIs Drake’s Latest No. 1 a Hit Song or a Hit Meme?“In My Feelings” is an accidental smash. It could become Drake’s biggest hit.
July 5 2018 10:33 AMCardi B’s “I Like It” Is the Latest Version of a Song that Took 50 Years to Get to No. 1The post-“Despacito” boom isn’t the only thing behind its crossover success.
June 28 2018 6:13 PMXXXTentacion’s No. 1 Hit Presents the Ultimate Music-Industry Test of the #MeToo AgeThough he’s far from the first troubled victim of gun violence to go to No. 1.
June 18 2018 11:06 AMBeyoncé and Jay-Z’s New Album Is Like the Satisfying Finale of a Prestige DramaEven if the Carters’ series already hit its peak.
June 11 2018 12:58 PMOn Kanye West’s New Album, the GOOD Music Rapper Focuses Simply on Good MusicKids See Ghosts is his first release in years that isn’t about his image.
June 1 2018 10:44 AMBonfire of the VanitiesOn his beautiful, troubling new album, Kanye West plays with fire and denies he’s getting burned.
May 22 2018 5:54 AM“This Is America,” the Video, Is a Smash. Will the Song Have Legs?Childish Gambino’s chart-topper is unprecedented, and its future on the radio is uncertain.
May 9 2018 4:51 PMWeave My Disgust Into FameA remarkable 25th-anniversary box set chronicles how a middle-class young woman recording alone in her bedroom changed rock ’n’ roll.
April 20 2018 6:51 PMThe Pulitzers Awarded Kendrick Lamar for the Wrong ReasonsThe jury made the right choice but based it on unflattering, damaging criteria.
April 17 2018 7:06 PMThis Year’s Other Two Pulitzer Finalists on Losing to Kendrick LamarSome classical fans are furious that the rapper won. The guys he beat are thrilled.
March 29 2018 6:39 PMTaylor Swift Left a Blank Space in Country Music. Could Kacey Musgraves Fill It?Meanwhile, Ashley McBryde has the perfect album for fans missing the old Musgraves.
March 19 2018 1:46 PMMount Eerie’s Haunting New Album Explores the Stages of Grief That Come After “Acceptance”The singer-songwriter’s album about his wife’s death became his most successful in years. His latest chronicles the aftermath.
March 7 2018 5:25 PMLucy Dacus’ History in the MakingOn her sophomore album, Historian, the indie singer-songwriter shows she’s as thoughtful about following through as she is about openers.
Feb. 16 2018 7:18 PMKendrick Lamar’s Black Panther Album Is Rich With Meaning You Can Only Appreciate After the MovieThe soundtrack and the film each flesh out the other’s themes, making the other stronger.

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