This Week's New Music

Chris Stapleton, From A Room, Vol. 1 Hirsute songster Stapleton follows up 2015’s surprise blockbuster Traveler sounding world-weary. He hopes the preacher doesn’t visit his cell in “Death Row”; hopes his dealer didn’t get busted in “Them Stems”; ponders how his drunken past as “the Picasso of…

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Mary J. Blige, Strength Of A Woman No one expected the return of “sad Mary,” as she once called her early 90s classics like My Life, least of all Ms. Blige herself. But the breakup of her marriage has resulted in renewed focus, and the redemptive Strength of a Woman.…

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Sheryl Crow, Be Myself After bold forays into blue-eyed soul (100 Miles From Memphis) and Nashville country (Feels Like Home), Sheryl Crow returns to her roots in effortlessly catchy pop-rock. The singer-songwriter’s trademark balance of sweetened vocals and sassy attitude pops up everywhere, but is especially potent on the…

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Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. If Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly was a dense, sprawling masterwork about spiritual crisis and unholy temptation, then Damn. is a more intimate study about the nature of fear, whether it’s being targeted by a society that demonizes his blackness (“XXX,” which…

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This week's releases tackle a spate of modern-day issues, from Father John Misty's intellectually compelling ruminations to Joey Bada$$' take on the state of the urban landscape. But The Chainsmokers finally drop a full-length that should buoy your spirits along with the pop punk fuzz of Diet Cig, the…

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This Week's New Music

This week's new releases include singles from Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige, the return of Brit rockers Wire and Paul Weller, hip-hop from Kodak Black, Young Dolph, G-Eazy and more. Kodak Black, Painting Pictures On his debut major-label project, Kodak Black claims that he paints pictures. “I don’t…

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