It's fair to say that, in our age of digitized apathy and carefully-curated online inertia, you can add singer-songwriter and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello to that long line of creative polymaths who have not only injected vital energy into the culture but repeatedly spoken truth to power.
Julian, we need to have a talk about your band's new album. I just don't understand what you're doing. The synths and new waviness, the extreme falsetto, the lack of guitar, and that bizarre, old timey song at the end of the record -- what's going on here?
Maybe I just love Alt-J because they make really awesome music, as they've recognized in the title of their debut album An Awesome Wave. Whatever the reason, all I know is that I can't stop listening to this album on repeat.
Good Kid, m.A.A.d city is somehow able to seamlessly tie together the world of drugs, money, and partying that is notoriously associated with hip-hop with an artful description of pain, guilt, love, and passion. It's quite refreshing.