Sounds Like: His 10th studio album is his least sexual, which is still quite sexy, but he throws it back a bit here, pouring on the soul and R&B flavor like it’s the ’90s.
Free Association: Don’t worry, there are still some dirty lyrics and a surprise MJ cover.
For Fans Of: Aaliyah, BBD, Keith Sweat, sex, weed, hotel lobbies, afros.
Love Me Back
Sounds Like: The 23-year-old local hero’s sophomore LP is a triumphant statement of purpose; wowing with her vocal prowess and humbling with her lyrical frankness.
Free Association: Girl, I’d bust out his windows, too, and it feels good to burn his picture.
For Fans Of: Mary J., Solange, Estelle, hating on cheaters, realness.
Sounds Like: A fairly laborious disc, minus the Akon duet, of posthumous material from the King of Pop (RIP), probably because he had nothing to do with it.
Free Association: Shameless use of a voicemail message, you heartless bastards!
For Fans Of: Weekend at Bernie’s, This Is It, taxidermy.
Queens of the Stone Age
The Pack A.D. are built for the road
PW's Music Issue 2014