We've reached the last new release Tuesday of February, and this month ends with a bang. This week has some of the biggest new releases of 2014 so far, and we've reviewed 'em all. Take a look at some of the highlights below, then take a peek at our Recently Reviewed section for even more reviews from this week.
Today marks the return of musical eccentric Beck, who has delivered his first proper studio album in six years with Morning Phase. In many ways, the album is a successor to 2003's Sea Change, but was this new record worth the wait? Read the full review to find out.
Next we have the new self-titled album from art-rock songstress St. Vincent. The new record finds her continuing to experiment with sound, and quite successfully. According to our reviewer, "what's crucial to St. Vincent's excellence is the way [Annie] Clark balances her sonic explorations with melodies and song structures that keep even her strangest compositions satisfyingly challenging and memorable without ever being either too easy or frustrating."
Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q dropped his third studio album, Oxymoron, today. The Black Hippy member shows how much he's grown as a lyricist and vocalist since his 2012 release, Habits and Contradictions, and proves that in 2014, gangsta rap can still sound fresh.
On the homefront, we have Kalaboogie, the new record from Montreal/Toronto sibling team Doomsquad. The new album shows the band expertly navigating through moody themes and dense sounds, striving to transcend the "appealing modes of modern psychedelic," says our reviewer. Meanwhile, from Sweden comes the new album from Neneh Cherry, making this her first solo album since 1996's Man. Blank Project finds Cherry relatively unchanged from her last record, with the exception of the themes of her lyrics, but makes for a welcome comeback.
Finally, the fourth record from electronic artist patten drops today. Titled ESTOILE NAIANT, the new album comes off hazier and less beat-focused than his last record, 2011s GLAQJO ZAACSSO. Does this shift work well, or will it make fans run back to the last album? Take a peek at the full review and see.
Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Soul, Funk & World
Dance & Electronic