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Five albums into their punk project dubbed The Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik and Robby Takac broke through. “Name” was their first big hit, and left some fans complaining that they had gone too mainstream. One fan even sent Rzeznik a letter in 1998 that started “Dear F-----,” which, he told Guitar World, was not the first time he’d been called such an awful name.
The enigmatic cult icon Frank Ocean is finally back with some new content for the first time in a while. As he had done in the past with new singles such as “Biking,” “Chanel” and “Slide,” Ocean played his latest singles, “DHL” and “In My Room,” as the last song during his Beats1 radio show, blonded RADIO, with “DHL” being released on Oct. 19 and “In My Room” being released on Nov. 2.
This decade, Wilco’s frontman and songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, has released five albums with the band he started 25 years ago, taken time for solo projects and an album with his son, guest starred on Parks and Rec (in the fictional band Land Ho) and written a memoir released last November. And after all that, Tweedy and company released their 12th studio album, Ode to Joy, last month, his most essential work this decade.
Kanye West's latest album, Jesus Is King, was released last Friday to the tamest reception of any Kanye solo album to date. There have been fewer headlines, fewer conversations among casual rap fans and fewer tweets. People are finally taking Kanye less seriously, even as he turns his music toward the power of salvation.
"Remembering the Rockets" starts in the middle of a familiar cycle. “The cars come by your house / It’s Friday night again,” and just like that and with a denser wall of guitars than Strange Ranger has known before, they’ve baked “Leona” in a nostalgic haze.
Now that we are officially in the best season of the year, here are a few albums to look out for to keep you warm in these final months until new releases trickle to a stop and 2019 ends.
Lana Del Rey is back with a beautiful album, and you shouldn’t be surprised.
Oso Oso’s one-man-show Jade Lilitri is singing about himself this time around.
Taylor Swift is having fun again on "Lover," and in a way that feels much more natural than "Reputation."
American Pleasure Club is back with their most haunting album yet. Unlike last year’s “A Whole F---ing Lifetime of This,” the more conceptual, artistic “F---ing Bliss” requires some context for enjoyment.
Sky Ferreira is finally back to making (and releasing!) music after a six year gap between her debut album, “Night Time, My Time,” and her new 2019 single, “Downhill Lullaby.” And her new brand of gothic, orchestral balladry sounds nothing like most of the hooky, electropop found on “Night Time.”
For the band Lomelda, empathy comes with few words, with silences, with space and with time passing.