Listening to the nine songs on “Piano & a Microphone 1983,” the first album of material from Prince’s storied vault, feels like eavesdropping on the artist at work.
Author Archives: JON PARELES
The Calle 13 producer’s style-hopping project features a range of guest vocalists singing about the pleasures and perils of the digital world.
The musician, who records as Bon Iver, teams with the 76-year-old soul artist and Aaron Dessner from the National on two new albums filled with tracks in flux.
The gospel church, the pop public, the city of Detroit: The “Queen of Soul” was part of them all, but they didn’t define her singular gifts.
“And Nothing Hurt,” the first Spiritualized album in six years, is the result of the 53-year-old musician’s “obsessive” process of assembling sounds.
On the pop singer’s first album after the Manchester attack, she is her own choir and support group, returning to songs that tout empowerment and joy.
On her fifth album, the singer and songwriter brings on the synthesizers but maintains the intimacy of her earlier records.
With hits like “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” she defined a female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable.
In “I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions,” Santigold — a.k.a. Santi White — seek out intersections of private and public, personal and political.