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"Manic" cements Halsey as one of pop music's strongest and bravest songwriters.
The Red Headed Stranger and the Boss broke hearts , revealing their anxieties as each meditated on legacy and mortality, and FKA twigs warped heartache and depression into the most glinting sounds of tomorrow imaginable. LP smashed through the public consciousness. Extreme lyrical confession is the mode du jour, and the real winners are us, the listeners. These are the best albums of Nearly a decade into her dizzying career—one full of futuristic sounds, dreamy vocals, and physics-defying dancing—British born artist Tahliah Barnett arrived with her finest work yet as FKA twigs in It's incredible to see Earl Sweatshirt completely reject popular hip hop music. After his breakthrough solo album, Doris, it seemed that he was primed to be the next big star in the genre. But, throughout this decade, he's spurned that possibly trajectory more and more, as his music becomes more strange, more experimental, and increasingly more unique. His latest collage of creativity comes in the form of Feet of Clay , a 7-song album that clocks in at less than 15 minutes.
The album won't go down without a fight. As the algorithmic thinking of the streaming music era tightens its grip on the record industry and consumer listening habits, artists are still writing and recording collections of new material, releasing them as cohesive units on specific dates, and suggesting that you listen to them in a pre-established order. As a format for enjoying multiple songs and a way of thinking about creative development, it remains essential.
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