February 2016 in Music

This month’s recap of notable music releases features a Mr. West, a Creature Communal and a white hip-hop duo.

Kanye West – TLOP

After finally deciding on the title and tracklist, Yeezy released his 7th studio album to decent praise from critics. I won’t say much more, as a belated review is on the way. The record has many features from industry figures such as Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Rhianna, and Frank Ocean.

Animal Collective – Painting With

Painting With is my disappointment of the year so far. I gave this record a 5/10, but the critics thought it was a bit better.

http://www.metacritic.com/music/painting-with/animal-collective

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

I’m still trying to look past the weird title of this project, but pretentiousness and threats toward Palma Violets aside, the critical reception to this record is promising. If it wasn’t for my reservations about the band, I would probably review it.

Matt Healy slagging Palma Violets off – http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/the-1975s-matt-healy-plays-who-would-you-with-nme

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

The pop-rap duo’s follow-up to The Heist­ lacks both the character and pop appeal which made their 2012 LP so fun. Critics gave mixed opinions of the project as hip-hop continued to shun Mack and Ryan.

Santigold – 99 Cents

Left-field pop and R&B from Santigold on 99 Cents, and the American rapper/singer impresses yet again.

There was pop from Foxes, Majid Jordan and Elton John with his 33rd studio release. Rock and indie from DIIV, Wolfmother and the Elliot Smith tribute album. This month’s hip-hop and R&B releases included BJ the Chicago Kid, Future and Young Thug.

Overall, not the most exciting month for LP’s but musical conversation was high thanks to Kanye and his indecisive ways, although, there’s plenty for me to catch up on.

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