This list been updated with July releases. Has already seen its best album well ahead of the typically busier spring and summer months? Below, New York music critic Craig Jenkins rounds up the standout albums the year has had to offer so far, to be updated monthly. Beats get by on sparse drum patterns and a sliver of melody, and the flows are tight but never stuffy or showy. But busier tunes crowded her natural abilities as a melodicist and a writer of biting lyrics.
Album Releases by Score
Healing Is a Miracle
This year has already given us an emo-pop opus from Halsey, a welcome comeback from the Strokes, killer country from the Secret Sisters, an optimistic Future record, and great releases from up-and-coming artists like Moses Sumney, Beach Bunny, and Shake. By the fourth installment, most pop-culture franchises can start to seem pretty tired. RTJ4 , which the band rush-released a few days ahead of schedule, is laser-focused, as if Mike and El-P are trying to outrun the apocalypse.
The album won't go down without a fight. As the algorithmic thinking of the streaming music era tightens its grip on the record industry and consumer listening habits, artists are still writing and recording collections of new material, releasing them as cohesive units on specific dates, and suggesting that you listen to them in a pre-established order. As a format for enjoying multiple songs and a way of thinking about creative development, it remains essential. Even with all its tumult, didn't change that. There's always good new music out there, providing the soundtrack to the highs and lows of daily life. Sometimes it comes from a new artist you've never heard of before; sometimes it comes from a reliable veteran you perhaps stopped listening to consistently. Either way, great albums make an impression. These are the best records of Like this kind of stuff?
Sort: Metascore Metascore User score. Metascore: User Score: 8. The first new studio release of new music for the singer-songwriter in eight years. User Score: 7. The second full-length release for the British punk rock band led by Will Gould was produced by Xandy Barry.