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Albums: May 2, 2014

Reviews of the new records from Future, Pixies, and more

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Future, Honest
Future’s 2012 debut, Pluto, was a game changer, a syrupy Southern swirl that further blurred the lines between rap and R&B. On the hotly anticipated, oft-delayed Honest, the Atlanta MC scraps most of Pluto’s spacey crooning while doubling down on hardcore spitting. The pure lyrical fury cascading off “I’ll Be Yours” and the head-spinning single “Move That Dope” recalls Lil Wayne at his best-in-the-world peak, and reinforces Future’s status as the rap game’s current MVP. AKyle Anderson

Pixies, Indie Cindy
After 23 years and 23 trillion musical disciples, the fiercely protected indie icons have finally returned with a new studio album. (To be more specific, it combines their three recent digital-only EPs in one handy package.) Sadly, singer-bassist Kim Deal — currently busy reviving the Breeders — is absent, but Frank Black & Co. are still plenty able to craft Pixies-brand rock. Some surly types have already dismissed the new work for, well, not being Doolittle. And it’s true — there is no “Debaser” here; there couldn’t be. Instead, Indie Cindy‘s got a dozen magnetically bizarre anthems that fall in line with the band’s last two records (and Black’s first couple of solo efforts). Want shimmering college-rock sweepers? Put “Ring the Bell” and “Jaime Bravo” on your next analog mixtape. Prefer their space-snails-and-sci-fi stuff? Jam “Andro Queen” and “Greens and Blues” on your next road trip to Area 51. Simply in the mood for great rock music from a band that knows how to make it? Get this album. A-Ray Rahman

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
In terms of wildly ambitious album titles, this one’s up there with Magna Carta…Holy Grail, but it’s not hard to see why the Australian-born pop-rapstress (and model) is brimming with confidence: She’s got some certified “Hollaback Girl”-level anthems. Anyone who’s heard early tracks “Work” and “Fancy” knows she’s capable of bulletproof party bangers. But as it happens, she’s also capable of undercooked, overstudied “urban radio” and “EDM” filler featuring “Rita Ora” (quotes because all those things are made-up and meaningless). Iggy’s got a handful of top-shelf singles, but too much of The New Classic is old news. B-Ray Rahman

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