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Tough Love

Jessie Ware
(Interscope)

Jessie Ware’s second album seems to have an incredible amount of pressure behind it, being the work that could launch her from rapidly growing artist to pop superstardom.

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Art Official Age

Prince
(Warner Brothers)

Like David Bowie or Björk, Prince has a talent for keeping his ear to the ground and presupposing new trends, feeling out with some accuracy what might come next.

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Hell Can Wait

Vince Staples
(Def Jam)

Not since the Gravediggaz has a hip-hop album seemed to give such little of a shit about religious humility.

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Gol

Cher Von
(Self Released)

Any musician can relate to the dread that comes with describing your own music, especially when asked that question by people outside of your genre.

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Shark Week

VOLP
MIXED NATION
Why is his album called Shark Week, you ask? Because he’s the “Great White Hope.” Oy. Excuse me while I shake my head on the branding alone.
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Honeymoon Babies

Honeymoon Babies
SELF-RELEASED

Louisville needs a yacht rock band.

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Louisville Is For Lovers Vol. 10

Various Artists
SELF-RELEASED

John King’s tenure as the sultan of Louisville love songs has sadly come to an end.

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Red Parole

Seluah
KARATE BODY
A Spiderland for a new generation, Seluah’s long-gestating first full-length album is nothing short of a masterpiece.
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Opposable Thumbs

Opposable Thumbs
GUBBEY
Clearly weaned on acts like The Fall and Gang of Four, Opposable Thumbs are committed to their influences, all to absolutely positive effect.
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Shawn Sleeps Naked

Shawn Sleeps Naked
SELF-RELEASED

The word “pretension” is one to avoid, but one I struggle with here; can I think of something as silly without coming off as pretentious myself?