Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Watch The Throne
Sounds Like: The two most powerful (richest) men in hip-hop team up for a full-blown duet with fancy (expensive) samples, rabid flow and edgy takes on blackness.
Free Association: From “My Adidas” to my Margiela jacket—OK, you rich with taste!
For Fans Of: Guests Beyoncé, Frank Ocean and Otis Redding; hype.
(Stats and Brackets)
Sounds Like: The singer/songwriter fled to the Twin Cities to start his career in the late ’90s; this is a pleasant, wistful and easy-listening trip back to where it all began.
Free Association: Talented for sure, but he’s lost some punchiness he had as a youth.
For Fans Of: Beck x Ben Kweller + Wilco, a midwestern/more talented Jack Johnson.
Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Sounds Like: The S.F. duo of JR White and Chris Owens killed it on their druggy, ethereal debut, Album; here’s their nuanced, less annoying sophomore.
Free Association: Owens was a Child of God, so he’s bursting with catch-up creativity.
For Fans Of: Spiritualized/Holy Shit!, Ariel Pink x Surfer Blood, productive hippies.
Time for a big Bang breakthrough?