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.
Aretha Franklin Was the Defining Voice of the 20th CenturyNo one sang as well as her, and no singer changed pop music more.
Lori 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.
Drake’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.
XXXTentacion’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.
America’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.
Pusha T’s New Album Is a Gift That Keeps on GivingDaytona is outstanding. The feud it stoked could be even better.
How 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.
Black and White and Pynk All OverFiles on Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer, from one critic’s random access memory.
America’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.
On Her Debut Album, Cardi B Takes Rap History, Flips It, and Reverses ItWhere others see contradictions, she sees only opportunities.
When 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.
Yo 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.
How Aretha Franklin Created “Respect”The story of the greatest cover song of all time and the quintessential empowerment anthem.
Is 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.
Cardi 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.
XXXTentacion’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.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s New Album Is Like the Satisfying Finale of a Prestige DramaEven if the Carters’ series already hit its peak.
On 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.
Bonfire of the VanitiesOn his beautiful, troubling new album, Kanye West plays with fire and denies he’s getting burned.
“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.
Weave 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.
The Pulitzers Awarded Kendrick Lamar for the Wrong ReasonsThe jury made the right choice but based it on unflattering, damaging criteria.
This 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.
Taylor 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.
Mount 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.
Lucy 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.