Nicki Minaj: Roman Reloaded

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will propel Nicki Minaj further money-wise, but its factory-made, routine sound does not show her pushing for artistic growth. The sophomore album brings confusion to whether she strives to be a commercial success, an independent female rapper or a performance artist. Despite being part of the
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Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

Essentially, Underwater Sunshine is Counting Crows’ lead singer Adam Duritz’s love letter to the music world. Paying homage to the fifteen bands he lovingly plucked from within his musical covey, the new covers album consists of songs ranging from Dawes, the gem of music streaming site, to Bob Dylan.
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The Shins: Port of Morrow

Intricately woven, The Shins’ new release, Port Of Morrow, is like the canvas of a cathartic dream. Lucid, colorful and delicate, it strips down inhibitions and holds the listener through a spine-tingling sequence of emotions. Displaying unparalleled songwriting and refined musicianship, this album is the band’s most enticing and poignant
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Daniel Rossen: Silent Hour/Golden Mile

There is bliss in this mess / There is madness all around,” Daniel Rossen utters in “Golden Mile,” off his first solo EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile. There is bliss with twangy acoustic guitar plucks that brighten the slow-treading melancholic piano riffs, while the tiers of symphonic instruments create an intricate
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Anti-Flag: The General Strike

Take head-thrashing guitar riffs and guttural spasms, drench them in liberalism, swirl them in a massive circle pit, and you will have Anti-Flag’s newest album The General Strike. Like a pack of insatiable hyenas, Anti-Flag tears off society’s fleshy veneer to expose a skeleton of seedy consumerism and capitalistic corruption.
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The Ting Tings: Sounds From Nowheresville

The Ting Tings are back and feeling frisky. The group’s second album, Sounds From Nowheresville, sees them attack their microphones with a rousing barrage of spiky vocals. Arriving four years after their hit debut We Started Nothing, this record hails the much-anticipated return of the U.K. punk-pop duo’s impudent and
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Tech N9ne: Klusterfuk

Tech N9ne, one of the hardest working men in the rap game, is back with the six-track EP Klusterfuk — though he never really went anywhere. (His album All 6’s and 7’s debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 last June, and Welcome to Strangeland hit stores in November.)
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Ja Rule: Pain is Love 2

J. Lo in terry cloth Juicy Couture reminding us, again, that she’s real. Ja Rule in a wife beater. Ashanti with red lips, hoops and a lace-up leather onesie? Ja Rule still in a wife beater. We have had some great times with Ja, tracks with wind instrumentals and women
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Tyga: Careless World – Rise of the Last King

Tyga is the newest in a line of mainstream rap artists of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) fame, and his latest album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, is just as hackneyed and unnecessarily hedonistic as anything the label has ever put out. Don’t get me wrong —
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Grimes: Visions

Claire Boucher, known as Grimes, first started making music through GarageBand sessions in her home in Montreal. Although the 23-year-old artist continues to make her music singlehandedly, her newest album, Visions, ventures out of her bedroom and soars as her most confident compilation yet. In her past two albums Halfaxa
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