On the Record: Kelly Clarkson, The Decemberists, Atlas Sound & More

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By Bill Chenevert
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Sounds Like: The fifth from Baltimore-based singer-songwriter nomad with a penchant for gloom is a beautiful, dark and complex eight-song set of smart, moody rock.

Free Association: Not to be played when you are experiencing any kind of joy.

For Fans Of: Sondre Lerche x Will Oldham, Elliot Smith + Sufjan Stevens, creepy wit.

Kelly Clarkson



Sounds Like: The Texan Idol winner’s fifth LP is back on track—big producers, very little songwriting and a mix of pop anthems, playful punk and remixable dance jams.

Free Association: The best part’s got to be from “Einstein”: “Dumb plus dumb = you.”

For Fans Of: P!nk x Carrie Underwood, Linda Perry + Joss Stone, breakup rage.


Open Invitation

(Voltron Recordz)

Sounds Like: The Transformers star’s fifth LP is as sexy and alluring as the man himself with some silky smoove beats, tender, bedroom-friendly lyrics and hot guests.

Free Association: The L.A. boy raised in the hood’s come a long way.

For Fans Of: R. Kelly x Ginuwine, Usher/Luda/Rick Ross, post-club sweaty celebrity sex.

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