Spring is warm, but not just in a meteorological sense. In music too, it’s overheating. Among the dozens of albums released each week, here are five that are particularly notable.
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1/ Kendrick Lamar
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In the hierarchy of hip-hop, he places himself at the very top. Winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 2018, the American rapper is making his long-awaited return with Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, an extremely dense double album that takes the genre to new heights of virtuosity.
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Just before the release of the disc, Kendrick Lamar had published the mind-blowing The Heart part 5, built around a sample by Marvin Gaye. The video, a new example of a particularly creepy deepfake, showed the singer mutating into OJ Simpson, Will Smith or LeBron James.
Proof of its popularity, the album broke a record for streams: 60 million in a single day!
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2/ Arcade Fire
It took the Canadian band five years to give a sequel to the unloved everything now. His new album, Weis not the type to be admired from the first listen.
Known for their own stadium-filling anthems, Arcade Fire goes into intimate mode throughout seven tracks on a disc directly inspired by the experience of confinement.
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Among the peaks: End of the Empire I–IVmelancholic ballad of almost ten minutes which borrows its melody from Conceived of John Lennon, before leaving for something else.
3/ The Smile
If this name means nothing to you, that’s normal. The Smile is a new group, but its members are, on the other hand, very well known.
Vocalist Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood are the brains of Radiohead, the band that has been redefining the contours of pop for almost thirty years.
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But oddly, A Light for attracting attention looks a lot like, at first listen… to Radiohead, even if it stands out thanks to its jazz influences. Why did you continue under another name? Mystery.
4/ The Black Keys
For twenty years, the American duo has been brandishing loud and clear the torch of a century-old music and in bad shape in 2022: the blues.
Just one year after the release of Delta Kreama very honorable cover album, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney return with a Dropout Boogie a bit routine.
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The presence of guitarist Billy Gibbons on Good Love proves it: the Black Keys are becoming the ZZ Top of their generation. This is all the evil we wish them.
5/ Kurt Vile
It’s been twenty years since the American guitarist defined his style and his ninth album, (watch my moves), provides an excellent overview. Kurt Vile places himself at the crossroads between the great elders (especially Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, a little) and the alternative rock of his time.
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Always placid, the musician likes to take his time with these fifteen calm and feverish pieces at the same time. The Summit: A very personal interpretation of an obscure Bruce Springsteen piece: Wages of sin. A real treat.
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Playlist – Kendrick Lamar, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys… here are the five albums of the moment