This Week's New Music

Katy Perry, Witness Electronic production and club bangers edge out guitar-laden pop tracks of yore in Katy Perry’s Witness. Perry has emerged as contemplative and reflective, but can still manage to pair thoughtful lyrics with rhythmic beats. Gone are the pre-teen confections of Teenage Dream; the pop princess now…

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Shakira, El Dorado After a three year hiatus, latin pop superstar Shakira is back with new hip-rocking, dance worthy music. “Me Enamore” boasts latin pop coupled with electronically produced sounds while the strong and distinct booms of a drum machine often associated with reggaeton music can be heard on “Perro…

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Linkin Park, One More Light One More Light is as shimmering and dreamy as a sunset on the Pacific Ocean. Ditching the punk rock intensity of 2014’s The Hunting Party, the band wrap their songs in electropop synthesizers, R&B-kissed hooks, skittery club beats and high-profile cameos from…

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Harry Styles, Harry Styles Of the several One Direction alumni artists to go solo, none were more anticipated—and more surprisingly soulful—than Harry Styles. The self-titled album spans genres with deft production by Jeff Bhasker, the mastermind producer of both Mark Ronson and Kanye West. From the opening guitar…

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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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