On the Record: Justin Timberlake, Lorde, HAIM, Drake and more

By Bill Chenevert
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Lorde

Justin Timberlake 
The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
(RCA)
Sounds like: It’s at least a respectable follow-up to Part 1, but JT’s fourth gets a little laborious in the middle, with 70+ minutes of material to wade through.
Free association: Double albums notoriously don’t resonate for a reason, boo.
For fans of: Jay Z/Drake x Prince + MJ, George Michael, Britney in a Canadian tuxedo.

 

 

 

Lorde
Pure Heroine
(Motown/Universal)
Sounds like: A 16-year-old from New Zealand who’s got a huge hit with “Royals,” and now her debut LP’s out, bangin’ and earning acclaim before prom. 
Free association: She covers Kanye and turned down a tour spot with Katy Perry. Boss moves.
For fans of: SBTRKT x The Weeknd + Burial, Nicki Minaj/Etta James, fierce youth.

 

 

 

Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven
(Warp Records)
Sounds like: Brooklyn-based Daniel Lopatin’s fourth is a listening challenge; the lovely waves of gentle beauty are overshadowed by the alarming undertow of noise. 
Free association: The chaos too rarely crystallizes into grooves or harmonies.
For fans of: Animal Collective x Brian Eno + Actress, Tangerine Dream, controlled cacophony.

 

 

 

HAIM
Days Are Gone
(Columbia)
Sounds like: Danielle, Alana and Este Haim are three of the most fascinating females in music right now, and this debut LP is like a refreshing chug of electrolytes. 
Free association: Easily one of the funnest listens of the fall. These girls are going places.
For fans of: Hall & Oates x Fleetwood Mac, Feist for Destiny’s Child, effortless feminine heroes.

 

 

 

Icona Pop
This Is ... Icona Pop
(Big Beat/WEA)
Sounds like: The “I Love It” (ft. Charli XCX) Swedish house duo’s second is a little too EDM in some moments, and just-as-you’d-expect lovely fun in others.
Free association: More mature listeners may find themselves thinking “Now I feel old.”
For fans of: Rita Ora x Robyn on speed + Skrillex/Dragonette, Little Boots, club energy.

 

 

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