Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Lana Del Rey
Born To Die
Sounds Like: OK, she’s not that awful. Her debut’s got lots of songs besides “Video Games” that are shockingly enjoyable and complex with the help of great production.
Free Association: The real question is: Will we even remember her a year from now?
For Fans Of: Fiona Apple x Glasser, art school Britney Spears, pop-culture hype.
Habits & Contradictions
(Top Dawg Entertainment)
Sounds Like: The second solo effort of nuanced, smart, well-produced hip-hop with lyrics you can understand/appreciate—this is rap music that should be winning awards.
Free Association: Damn! He sampled Menomena, Lissie and Portishead! Mad points.
For Fans Of: Jay Rock/Ab-Soul/A$AP Rocky/Curren$y, $$$, herb, anti-trend hip-hop.
Sounds Like: Cute Brooklyn indie pop trio’s debut is a lovely listen with Amber Papini’s vocals drawing you in, then you get lulled by harmonies and lush instrumentation.
Free Association: One of the strongest debuts of the past year—they gon’ be big.
PW's Music Issue 2014