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Blackbear’s latest release relies on generic sounds to please mainstream listeners

Releasing two albums in one year limited creative process

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Björk fails to impress on latest release despite years of musical experience

Loud background noise mixed with soft voice makes lyrics incomprehensible

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Sia gives holiday albums a new flare with pop, dance songs

Artist shows her versatility with Christmas-themed project

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Tove Lo loses her club hits on third studio album

A disappointing addition to her track record of great hits

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Angel Olsen creates compilation album of her past works, takes listeners back in time

This project offers distinct view into Olsen's creative process, emotional landscape

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Sam Smith delivers same sound, messages as his debut album

Smith's raspy voice makes each song individally pleasant to listen to, but both albums have no unique properties

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Introspection leads to deeply personal songs on Morgan Saint’s debut EP

Themes of love, relationships are echoed from song to song

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Niall Horan delivers soft, easy listening sounds on first solo album

Echoes of One Direction can be heard in some ballads

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Mark E. Bassy’s debut album offers relationship advice, versatile sounds

Collaborations with G-Eazy, Kehlani bring a musical variety

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Moses Sumney creates intricate soundscapes with intimate falsetto

Artist trades sparse lo-fi sound for one more composed, refined