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The Weekend – Starboy
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
Lady Gaga – Joanne
Beach Boy’s – Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Edition
Norah Jones – Day Breaks













I’ve been a fan of The Weekend since hearing his early mix tape releases which later became his 30 track Trilogy release. Beauty Behind the Madness gave us some great hits, but still does not, I my opinion, hang together as an album the way 2016’s Starboy does. Collaborating with Daft Punk, Future, Lana Del Ray and Kendrick Lamar certainly doesn’t hurt, but the first listen when Secrets samples Tears for Fears sent a shiver down my spine. No doubt Rockin’ will get plenty of club play and he was channeling MJ on the final track I Feel It Coming.

That’s my two cents – here’s what those who know music have to say

HipHopDX – The Weeknd’s “Starboy” Misses Admirably On Its Pop Godhood Intent

Pretty Much Amazing – On his new album, Abel Tesfaye attempts to duplicate past success by moving deeper into a clean, well-lighted space.

The Guardian – the attentive boyfriend you can’t ignore

Rolling Stone – The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ Treads Murky Water in Innovative R&B Era

The NY Times – ‘Starboy’ Places the Weeknd on the Sunny Side of Debauchery

The Independent – The Weeknd’s ‘Star Boy’ first impressions: Track-by-track review of the new album

Journal-Sentinel – The Weeknd soars on ‘Starboy’

A.V. Club – The Weeknd’s resonant Starboy embraces the downside of fame










Pitchfork – Leonard Cohen’s 14th studio album feels like a pristine, piously crafted last testament, the informed conclusion of a lifetime of inquiry.

Rolling Stone – Possibly His Darkest LP Yet – Octogenarian lady’s man seduces the eternal with grim, spiritual beauty.

Consequence of Sound – The legendary singer’s latest prepares us for his departure, but comes nowhere near exhausting his vitality

The Guardian – killer couplets over bare bones

Paste Monthly – You want it darker? Is that a question or a dare?

Slant Magazine – As 2016 draws close to its end, another musical magician offers a late-in-life contemplation of mortality, cloaked in a similar sense of finality












Bon Iver’s – 22, A Million

Pitchfork – Bon Iver’s first album in five years takes an unexpected turn toward the strange and experimental.   22, A Million

Rollingstone – Bon Iver’s ’22, A Million’ Brings Futurism to Justin Vernon’s Cabin.  Rollingstone Review

The Guardian – distressed, hyper-modern balladeering

Consequence of Sound – Justin Vernon challenges listeners to accept a new, self-aware perspective, one delivered honestly and beautifully.
NME – Justin Vernon’s third Bon Iver album is a weird and wonderful thing
New York Times – Bon Iver Beats a Retreat to Even Quieter Reinvention








Lady GaGa – Joanne
Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album appears to be hitting a chord with many reviewers.

Rolling Stone calls it her best in years.

Lady Gaga gets back on the right track with Joanne

Joanne is, at long last, the record you’d expect from an immensely talented theater dork with a penchant for rock music.

Lady Gaga, Joanne, album review: it turns out Gaga is a rock and roll showgirl at heart

Then on balance there are a few detractors.

Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ Album Review: a ‘Disjointed and Unrealized Mess’

Lady Gaga’s Joanne Has More Gimmicks Than Guts






50th Anniversary Release of The Beach Boys Pet Sounds

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys Pet Sounds a 180 gram vinyl release will be pressed.  Rolling Stone rates Pet Sounds as the number 2 album in their list of the top 500 albums of all time.

I love this detailed review of the new pressing from Audio Karma.  Only a person truly dedicated to vinyl would notice the slightly retouched hair of Al Jardine – kudos for attention to detail.

Rolling Stone June 1972 – “from first cut to last we were treated to an intense, linear personal vision of the vagaries of a love affair and the painful, introverted anxieties that are the wrenching precipitates of the unstable chemistry of any love relationship”.

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Pete Sounds.

The Guardian May 2016 – Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds review – a spectacularly moving evening

Ultimate Classic Rock June 2016 – Does the world need another version of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds?






Norah Jones Day Breaks

Norah Jones released her sixth solo album October 7, 2016. It is clearly a return to her jazz roots and based on early reviews is a gem.


Peoples Entertainment Weekly – Norah Jones’ Day Breaks: EW Review

Gusto – Norah Jones comes on strong with ‘Day Breaks