A song so awful it hurts the mind.
Neil Young’s legendary inconsistencies.
Pop music responds to the hurricane.
R. Kelly’s amazing comeback.
Why is Coldplay still depressed?
One-man (and -woman) bands.
Songs that showcase masters and apprentices.
New albums by aging indie rockers.
Britney’s “Prerogative,’ and other recent covers.
Live albums that don’t suck.
The less-miserable Morrissey.
Songs recorded far from home.
N.E.R.D.’s adolescent Fly or Die really is adolescent.