This Week's New Music

Frank Ocean, "Provider" With numerous singles and collaborations in the offing, this has been an uncharacteristically busy 2017 for Frank Ocean, the R&B innovator who was mostly silent during the four-year interval between channel ORANGE and Blond. But if “Slide,” his song-of-the-summer candidate with Calvin Harris and Migos,…

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Fifth Harmony, Fifth Harmony Fifth Harmony’s third album is a snapshot of pop music in 2017 – a sparkling digital sheen, voices that meld and gather strength from one another, and sly allusions to less polite genres. The latter point is underlined by Gucci Mane’s sweet nothings on the…

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A$AP Ferg, Still Striving After his breakthrough Trap Lord debut, A$AP Ferg tried to expand his palette with 2016’s Always Strive and Prosper, booking unexpected collaborations with Skrillex and others. His third album finds him returning to his comfort zone as a New York rapper with Southern…

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Kesha, Rainbow After years in legal limbo stemming from accusations of abuse by an ex-producer, Kesha returns with an album startlingly balancing self-improvement advice about not learning to let go with outright irreverence. Songs break midway for French lessons, laughing fits, repeated use of the “MF” word, and cosmic monologues…

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Brett Eldredge, Brett Eldredge Forgoing daring disco and Gnarls Barkley references of 2015’s Illinois, the Midwestern country smoothie plays it safe on his self-titled, third regular issue album, focusing on ladies’ choice ballads. “The Reason” crosses the drunk-dialing of Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” with the doo-woppish sparseness…

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Arcade Fire, Everything Now Everything Now is exactly what Arcade Fire deliver on their ambitious fifth album. Marrying the groove-first ethos underlying 2013’s Reflektor with the pop song craftsmanship marking the band’s first couple releases, Win Butler and crew drift through Abba-kissed disco hypnotics (“Electric Blue”), cosmic country…

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