Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Sounds Like: One of the biggest disappointments of my adult life—D.C.’s Wale—turns in an ill-conceived, poorly-executed sophomore hip-hop album with no discernible hits.
Free Association: Virtually devoid of the joy, spirit and musical diversity of his debut.
For Fans Of: D.C.? Meek Mill x Rick Ross, Lupe + weak Young Chris, monotone rap.
The Great Escape Artist
Sounds Like: Well, well, the reunion happy band that started more than 25 years ago last put out a crap LP in 2003. It took eight years and TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek to do it again.
Free Association: It’s like a supergroup made of supergroups on an assignment.
For Fans Of: Lu Lu x Velvet Revolver, Audioslave, Supernova (that band ROCKS).
Florence + the Machine
Sounds Like: The South London wailer’s got some soul, and on her second, much-anticipated LP she nails it with a smart producer, huge choir and listenable melodrama.
Free Association: Her debut got played out and this one will too—dig it while you can.
For Fans Of: KateBushAmyWinehouseLilyAllenDuffyAdele, pop and rock.
PW's Music Issue 2014