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On the Record: Janelle Monae, Man Man, 2 Chainz, Delorean, Arctic Monkeys and Sheryl Crow

9.18.REVIEWS-JANELLEMONAEJanelle Monae
The Electric Lady
(Bad Boy)
Sounds like: One of the most anticipated releases of the season, she slays with classy collabs, futuristic fables, soulful slow jams and a few hype party starters.
Free association: One of the most thrilling artists in the game keeps our collective intrigue.
For fans of: Prince/Big Boi/Miguel + sexy cyborgs, Laura Mvula/Lianne La Havas.

9.18.REVIEWS-MANMANMan Man
On Oni Pond
(ANTI-)
Sounds like: Local weirdo heroes strike again. Their fifth in about a decade, and it’s their best—cacophony that comes back to a piano and a twisted sense of humor.
Free association: The moments of sophistication are more striking than ever before.
For fans of: Zappa/Beefheart + Maps & Atlases, Dr. Dog x Mr. Bungle, West Philly savants.

9.18.REVIEWS-2CHAINZ2 Chainz
B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME
(Def Jam)
Sounds like: The emcee with the laziest flow on Earth and guest-game star on countless tracks astounds with more uninspired tracks about booty, herb and money.
Free association: At least he knows that he’s essentially a parody of himself already.
For fans of: Chief Keef + Trinidad James x Drake/Lil’ Wayne, ign’ant funny shit.

9.18.REVIEWS-DELOREANDelorean
Apar
(True Panther Sounds)
Sounds like: The Basque foursome of alt-rock dance comrades delivers on their fourth, a delightful sonic treat of synths, industrial beats and joyful electric noise.
Free association: Once in a while, a little Spanish charm pushes through the fray.
For fans of: Two Door Cinema Club x Cut Copy, New Order + Tanlines, spanish techno.

9.18.REVIEWS-ARCTICMONKEYSArctic Monkeys
AM
(Domino)
Sounds like:
An excellent fifth LP from the Sheffield boys who deliver the beautiful balance of thrash, snark and classic rockness that Humbug promised.
Free association: This is how UK piss and vinegar should always manifest itself.
For fans of: The Jam/Clash/Strokes/Streets/Cribs, Bloc Party + Klaxons, pints and fights.

9.18.REVIEWS-SHERYLCROWSheryl Crow
Feels Like Home
(Warner Bros.)
Sounds like:
The 51-year-old country rock siren’s eighth is certainly a little more Memphis than L.A., and that’s really okay. Bring on the boots and barbecue.
Free association: It’s always nice to see a once-giant talent aging gracefully.
For fans of: Lucinda Williams + Neko Case, Vince Gill/Brad Paisley, hate for Lance.


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