Here I Am
Sounds Like: The Destiny’s Child castoff will never outdo her more talented sister-friend. She kills some gay bar bangers, but a few tracks feel cheaply made.
Free Association: Somehow she straddles the line between gay icon and hood diva.
For Fans Of: Toni Braxton x Craig David, Big Sean/Lil Wayne, a lil’ bump ’n’ grind.
The War On Drugs
Sounds Like: A beautifully gentle sophomore collection of tunes pulled off by four Philly friends who love Dylan.
Free Association: A Dylan love as robust as their Kenzinger consumption.
For Fans Of: Big Star x Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, jamming in Fishtown.
Sounds Like: A lovely second LP from an electro-folkie expanding his sound and recruiting help to build a big, beautiful, sonically conceived tour around the midwest.
Free Association: Remember Bon Iver’s LP of location songs? This is like that, but better.
For Fans Of: Sufjan Stevens x Serge Gainsbourg, Boards of Canada, Paul Bunyan.
PW's Music Issue 2014