Maura Johnston

The best moments on Cyrus' new album come when she delves into power ballads.
Folklore mostly abandons Lover's festival-sized splendor for songs that reveal more facets with repeated listens.
The trio's first album since 2006 puts a microscope on emotion.
The record's most dominant concepts seem excavated from burned-out pop tropes of the 2010s.
The album is Hunt's first since his 2014 breakout debut 'Montevallo'
Her second album more than lives up to its title.
Some serious shredding from Courtney Barnett, the Arctic Monkeys, Ex Hex, and more.
From Frank Ocean, Kacey Musgraves, Adele (obv), and more.
From Ariana Grande licking a donut to Lady Gaga's meat dress.
Twenty indelible earworms you've been singing along to all decade.
Maxwell's blackSUMMERSnight, The Strokes' Angles, and more.
On her sixth album, the singer digs deep into the atmospherics
Expecting Missy to conform to any expectations is a fool's errand
A new sound. A philanthropic call to action. A scathing blog post. The preamble to the pop star's seventh album has been one of major statements and admirable deeds