For My Crimes goes for a more stripped-back sound than its predecessor, and is just about as captivating.
John Prine's age and experience work to his benefit on his first album of new songs in over a decade.
Kacey Musgraves softens and buries everything country about her music on the bland Golden Hour.
A buffet of shit: Justin Timberlake's new album is most likely the most horrendous cross-section of contemporary sounds you're going to hear this year.
Though a few missteps keep Ruins from being First Aid Kit's best album, it's still packed with well-written, well-performed, and well-produced folk pop songs.
Chris Stapleton drops a second album of quality contemporary country in 2017.
On Rainbow, Kesha artfully reinvents herself without losing the fun, wild energy that made her such an appealing pop figure in the first place.
Lady Gaga's rootsier sound and image on Joanne is a welcome change of pace, though she doesn't always commit to the new direction.