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On Their New Albums, Björk and U2 Offer Utopian Visions for Dystopian Times

But their approaches, and their degrees of success, vary widely.

Nov. 13 2017 1:39 PMOn Reputation, the “Old Taylor” Is Dead, but the New One Isn’t Quite Ready to Come to the PhoneTaylor Swift’s ungainly, intermittently brilliant new album finds the former child star making art out of her growing pains.
Oct. 23 2017 4:11 PMA New History of Rolling Stone Reveals Its Complicated, Compromised Relationship to Rock StarsThe first biography of the magazine’s founder is much more critical than HBO’s conveniently timed new documentary, and it’s a better tribute for it.
Oct. 3 2017 11:04 AMTom Petty Was Rock ’n’ Roll’s Ambassador to the WorldEven if he would have been the last one to admit it.
Aug. 24 2017 4:26 PMThe War on Drugs’ New Album Doesn’t Reinvent the WheelInstead, it nearly perfects it.
July 28 2017 11:11 AMCrown of LoveArcade Fire’s new album may buckle under the weight of absurd expectations, but it’ll also remind fans how the band got there in the first place.
July 1 2017 7:17 PMFamily BusinessJay Z’s juicy new album is both his best in years and a savvy hustle.
June 26 2017 3:44 PMEbbs and FlowsOn his new album Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples reunites hip-hop with the dance floor.
June 21 2017 4:41 PMThe InfamousMobb Deep’s Prodigy was hip-hop’s greatest poet of fear.
June 12 2017 4:42 PMCan She Get a Witness?Katy Perry’s hot mess of a new album finds her lonely and lost. Did we help put her in this position?
May 18 2017 5:38 PMThe 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.
May 5 2017 1:52 PMThe Return of the KingOn his quietly eclectic new album, Chris Stapleton refuses to be pegged as country music’s savior—or anything else.
March 30 2017 5:55 AMBob Dylan Is a Great SingerThe Nobel laureate thinks we should laud his singing as much as his “poetry.” He’s right.
March 19 2017 4:38 PMRoll Over, BeethovenChuck Berry didn’t just invent rock and roll. He perfected it.
Feb. 28 2017 3:04 PMCry 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.
Feb. 22 2017 9:27 AMCould 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.
Nov. 1 2017 9:03 AMWhy the Williamsburg Bridge Should Be Renamed After Sonny RollinsIt’s time for the New Colossus to be joined by the Saxophone Colossus.
Oct. 3 2017 3:38 PMTom Petty Was a Rock ChameleonHis career quietly spanned subgenres, from new wave to Southern to classic to grunge—anything that was rock ’n’ roll.
Sept. 5 2017 6:38 PMLife After CoolOn LCD Soundsystem’s new album, James Murphy’s mock midlife crisis becomes a genuine subdued panic—and makes for some of his most mature music yet.
Aug. 4 2017 11:23 AMOn Randy Newman’s New Album, America’s Greatest Pop Satirist Grapples With an Unsatirizable AgeAnd not just on the song about Putin.
July 10 2017 2:38 PMOn Haim’s New Album Something to Tell You, the Band of Sisters Is Better Than EverSo why does it seem worse?
June 27 2017 12:02 PMPop Music’s Identity CrisisSlate’s Carl Wilson on this year’s best summer tunes and how streaming is disrupting the music industry.
June 23 2017 5:51 AMWas This It?Every generation of New York rockers romanticizes its era. In the juicy new book Meet Me in the Bathroom, the early 2000s was the golden age.
June 19 2017 3:36 PMPraise LordeMelodrama is the best pop album of the year so far—and suggests “pop” isn’t what the singer-songwriter should be making at all.
May 24 2017 1:21 PMSgt. Pepper’s Timing Was As Good As Its MusicFifty years ago, the Beatles released their masterpiece into a world ready to embrace a rock album as art.
May 16 2017 5:45 AMWrong DirectionHarry Styles once teased a homoerotic pop future. So why does his debut album sound like hetero classic rock?
April 18 2017 5:14 PMAll Fire, No BrimstoneKendrick Lamar’s scorcher of a new album is an urgent sermon for a troubling time.
March 22 2017 9:30 AMDrake’s More Life Is Drake’s Best Album Because It Has the Least DrakeAnd that might be the most Drake thing about it.
March 8 2017 3:43 PMStephin 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.
Feb. 23 2017 1:17 PMTrumpeting Alternative FactsThis month, the first jazz record celebrates its 100th anniversary. The bandleader claimed white people alone invented jazz.
Feb. 13 2017 9:14 AMGrammys, Don’t Hurt YourselfIf you won’t fix yourself for Beyoncé, please fix yourself for Adele.

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