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Supergroup August Greene serve up artisan-level sounds

August Greene, "August Greene" (Amazon Music) August Greene is a supergroup in the truest sense of the word. Oscar-winning rapper-actor Common, Grammy-winning piani...

Review: Kendrick Lamar-led 'Black Panther' album has power

"Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By," Various Artists (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) At times, the Kendrick Lamar-curated "Black Panther" album feels like a stand-al...

Chris Brown's 45-song album not the skip-fest you'd expect

Chris Brown, "Heartbreak on a Full Moon" (RCA) Chris Brown sure has some nerve, releasing a 45-song album when audience attention spans are notoriously short, while most artists agon...

J. Cole's low-key return focuses on fragility of life

J. Cole, "4 Your Eyez Only" (Dreamville) J. Cole's latest album, "4 Your Eyez Only," is an intimate one. It unfolds like an old journal that's been unearthed and shared with an audie...

Review: Childish Gambino Gets Immersed in the Funk

Childish Gambino, "Awaken, My Love!" (Glassnote Records) It's OK not to "get" Childish Gambino's third studio album "Awaken, My Love!" With its lush soundscapes and sparse lyrics, on...

Review: The Weeknd Expands his universe on 'Starboy'

The Weeknd, "Starboy" (Universal Republic Records) "Starboy," The Weeknd's latest release, sees the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter picking up where he left off from 2015's surprisi...