The Best Songs of 2018, in One Playlist
Pop Stars’ “Narratives” Are Drowning Out Their Actual Music
Much of This Year’s Most Vital Music Was Released by Veterans
In Music, 2018 Was the Year Everything Had Already Changed
Two New Releases Reclaim the “Supergroup” for Women
Robyn’s Honey May Not Have the Sugar-Rush Highs We Want, but It Has the Healing Powers We Need
The History of the Cover Song, and Why It May Be Making a Comeback
Elvis Costello’s New Album Is His Best This Century
Leonard Cohen’s Viral Kanye West Poem Isn’t an Insult. It’s a Tribute.
A Star Is Born Throws Gaga’s Pop Under the Bus, but on the Album, She Gets the Last Laugh
On His New Album, Eric Church Steps Out as a True Country-Music Outsider
A Terrific Chronicle of the Past, Present, and Future of Jazz
If Bandleaders Are Bosses, What Management Style Makes the Best Music?
How Aretha Franklin Created the Greatest Cover of All Time
Nico, 1988 Makes the Case for the Slice-of-Life Music Biopic
She’s the Most Acclaimed Country Songwriter of Recent Years. You’ve Probably Never Heard of Her.
Drake’s Scorpion Is a Savvy Bit of PR Management With a Side of Beef
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s New Album Is Like the Satisfying Finale of a Prestige Drama
Neko Case’s New Album Proves Once Again That She’s a Master of Musical Suspense