Steve Lacy still sounds as if he's in demo mode on Apollo XXI.
Flamagra mostly sounds like a hodgepodge of ideas FlyLo has already explored on previous efforts, and what surprises it does bring are hit-and-miss.
IGOR is easily one of the best breakup albums of the decade.
Ventura is much more than a set of Oxnard leftovers.
While more eclectic and adventurous than its predecessor, When I Get Home is let down by some stiff instrumentals and Solange's inexpressive singing.
Tyler, the Creator leaves an awkward and weakly assembled Christmas EP under the tree.
Oxnard has a stronger sense of direction than its predecessor and is a breath of fresh air in the current state of pop rap and neo-soul.
JMSN's new album doesn't reinvent the soul and R&B wheels, but but does show a deep appreciation for the genres' aesthetics and has quality production and songwriting in spades.