Born This Way
Sounds Like: The 25-year-old egomaniac’s reputation precedes her. She gives us 17 new songs here, only about five of which are worth listening to more than once.
Free Association: She’s better at fashion, Tweeting and “monster”-nonsense than music.
For Fans Of: Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” Queen + Kylie, Alexander McQueen, disco ballz.
My Morning Jacket
Sounds Like: The Kentucky boys are going strong with their sixth LP in 12 years, a fine blend of all the elements they specialize in—folk, psych, classic rock, prog and funk.
Free Association: For lukewarm fans, this’ll make you see the shimmering lights.
For Fans Of: Neil Young, Band Of Horses, beards and beer bellies.
Hunx and His Punx
Too Young To Be In Love
Sounds Like: The Gravy Train!!!! cook, Seth Bogart, recruits four ladies to sing behind his whacky, gay-themed surf rock songs of love lost and dicks sucked in vain.
Free Association: There’s a heavy handed tongue-in-cheek here, and it’s pretty rad.
For Fans Of: Queer Jay Reatard + Vivian Girls, Ramones with girls, leather bars.
PW's Music Issue 2014