This Week's New Music

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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Meek Mill, Wins & Losses The title of Meek Mill’s third album reflects a life notable for its peaks and valleys. But the Philadelphia rapper is a fighter, and you can hear his passion through much of Wins & Losses, whether he’s dropping trap hammers with Rick Ross…

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Coldplay, "Kaleidoscope" EP Very much an extension of 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams, this five-song EP finds Coldplay digging deeper into the hazy, contemplative moods found of its predecessor. The anchor is “Aliens,” a patiently swirling mass of reverb, electronics, and skittering percussion on which Chris Martin, shifting…

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