Sgt. Pepper’s Timing Was As Good As Its Music
Fifty years ago, the Beatles released their masterpiece into a world ready to embrace a rock album as art.
The Mountain Goats’ Goths Is Great Even if You Don’t Care About the Mountain Goats or GothsThe new album is a leap forward both lyrically and musically.
The Return of the KingOn his quietly eclectic new album, Chris Stapleton refuses to be pegged as country music’s savior—or anything else.
Bob Dylan Is a Great SingerThe Nobel laureate thinks we should laud his singing as much as his “poetry.” He’s right.
Cry Me a River (of White Male Tears)Dirty Projectors’ first release in five years is a one-man breakup album that can’t count on listeners’ sympathies. And it doesn’t.
Could Anti-Trump Americans Make “FDT (F--- Donald Trump)” the No. 1 Song in the Country?Here’s how the United States could have its own “God Save the Queen” moment.
If You Miss Leonard Cohen, Then You Need to Meet Mark EitzelThe former frontman for American Music Club is just reaching his own middle-aged bardic stride.
Guilty Feet Ain’t Got No RhythmHow I found faith in the pop elation of George Michael—and why I wish I’d found it sooner.
808s and Heart EyesA new documentary—streaming now—is a nerdy love letter to the revolutionary drum machines.
Why We Need Miranda LambertThe country singer’s new two-disc album could help our two Americas understand each other.
The Return of the Love MovementOn A Tribe Called Quest’s first album in 18 years, its music is, amazingly, as timely as ever.
“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and “Ball and Chain”Why Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin don’t fit into the standard narrative of the ’60s.
“Money (That’s What I Want)” and “We Can Work It Out”Are we living in the Beatles’ world, or Motown’s?
Wrong DirectionHarry Styles once teased a homoerotic pop future. So why does his debut album sound like hetero classic rock?
All Fire, No BrimstoneKendrick Lamar’s scorcher of a new album is an urgent sermon for a troubling time.
Drake’s More Life Is Drake’s Best Album Because It Has the Least DrakeAnd that might be the most Drake thing about it.
Stephin Merritt Comes Out—as HumanThe reticent Magnetic Fields impresario returns to the jumbo-sized concept-album format he pioneered with 69 Love Songs, with a surprising new theme: himself.
Trumpeting Alternative FactsThis month, the first jazz record celebrates its 100th anniversary. The bandleader claimed white people alone invented jazz.
The Mood-Swing VoteHow Twenty One Pilots channeled Trump-state anxieties and became the biggest new rock band (if they are a rock band) in America.
A Starboy, Not Yet a StarmanThe Weeknd’s sure-to-be-blockbuster new album suggests it’s time for his self-destructive persona to finally kill itself off.
Hey, That’s No Way to Say GoodbyeRemembering the profane prophet Leonard Cohen, gone at the moment we need him most.
The Woman Behind the Meat DressOn her new album Joanne, Lady Gaga grapples with where her stage persona ends and Stefani Germanotta begins.
To Shift the Way the World Is HeardHow “A Change Is Gonna Come” reveals the powers—and the limits—of political pop music.