Music

Weezer

On Weezer (“Black Album”), the band hasn’t ditched its emotional core. The loneliness is still here, but those feelings are no longer tangible.

Def Jam Recordings

Rap or Go to the League is paradoxical, an unremarkable album filled with super high peaks.

Rubyworks Records

Hozier’s unique, seamless, heart-driven blend of folk, soul, rock and blues has left an indelible mark on the musical world, sparking many imitators but few who have risen to meet his level of talent and vision. A follow-up, naturally, was and has always been a tall order.

Lily & Madeleine

In a musical sense, the explorations and preoccupations of the album do indeed maneuver around the edges of a liminal softness.

Columbia

“The Bones” is nothing new, but it deserves a space after that throwback Taylor Swift bop in your next “country” playlist.

Dreamville Records

What does seem clear is that J. Cole is asserting his readiness to dominate the music scene no matter which direction it takes next.

Bob Dylan

I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb to request for him to at least be considered for a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

To do true justice to the theme one would really need to dedicate an entire festival to minimalism itself, rather than one concert as part of a larger festival — but under the circumstances the DSO and Music Director Laurate Leonard Slatkin have done reasonably well with the programming.

Atlantic

Despite veering away from her traditional sound, her sophomore attempt conveys more personality and shows potential for even more growth as her life and understanding of it changes.

KIDS SEE GHOSTS

To answer the question, good album art is iconic, a symbol of the music, the artist, and the era of hip hop that it falls in. Good album art is beautiful, drawn by artists with a vision, or photographed with care. But most importantly, it captures the essence of the album. Music is an experience, and the cover is a part of that experience.