ALBUMS REVIEWS


Vince Staples

Vince Staples

2021 • HIP-HOP/RAP • BLACKSMITH/MOTOWN/EMI

Vince Staples’ new self-titled album is his least compelling project so far, yet its authenticity sheds a light on one of the most important names in today’s experimental hip hop landscape, uncovering an honest self-portrait of the Long Beach rapper.


It Won’t Always Be Like This

Inhaler

2021 • ALTERNATIVE/ROCK • POLYDOR

The Dublin band’s debut album is generic, dull, and lacks an edge. But at least they manage to deliver a few catchy songs.


Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3 EP

Tkay Maidza

2021 • POP/RAP • 4AD

The final piece in the trilogy of EPs by the Zimbabwean-born Australian rapper isn’t quite as good as the other two but manages to prove the singer’s unquestionable talent.


The Turning Wheel

Spellling

BEST NEW MUSIC

2021 • POP/EXPERIMENTAL • SACRED BONES

Revealing a shift from her last projects, Cabral seems to fully embrace the baroque pop genre in The Turning Wheel. This is a record filled with orchestral instruments generating intersecting melodies, featuring emotion-evoking, and striking breathy vocals on top of triumphant melodies.