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Throughout ‘Splendor & Misery,’ the essence of Diggs’s lyrical style remains, but the abrasive instrumentals make the listening experience a strenuous one.

NOSELL

Despite the vivacity of distinctive songs, there’s hardly any distinction in sound from one song to the next.

Young Thug

Curated nonsense is rap music that intentionally doesn’t make conventional sense.

Vince Staples

The most noticeable progression on “Prima Donna” is in Staples’ tone, which can sound more downtrodden and dystopic than anything he’s released before.

Jay Z

Music usually isn’t a race, and it’s tough to anoint winners without controversy, but that’s not the point.

Adele

America’s sweetheart is, in fact, British. And her name is Adele.

Frank Ocean

On Frank Ocean’s latest album, the young singer picks up and intensifies that unique kind of pain of being human, creating a record as purely honest as it is difficult to hear.

Frank Ocean

Ocean’s self-exiling at the hands of the public’s demands for more music resulted in an album rich in meaning, but far from convention or expectation.

NOSELL

What’s so impressive about this release is that the artist’s often simple and incomplete experiments can still be so powerful, brushing genius.

Halsey

Grant Park was ruled by women for the festival’s 25th anniversary.