Editors' Choice for November 2021

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Columbia
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Triumphant fourth LP that takes the high road of growth, acceptance, and ownership after a difficult divorce.
- Neil Z. Yeung
Superego
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Songs written for a musical adaptation of Girl, Interrupted.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Far Out Recordings
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The Azymuth bassist careens across jazz-funk, fusion, disco, soul, and samba in this orgy of rhythm, harmony, and deep grooves.
- Thom Jurek
Nonesuch
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A kaleidoscopic, boundary-pushing album from the Chicago artist, rife with indie, avant-garde, and global influences.
- Matt Collar
Sony Music
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The Boss trims his three-hour concert extravaganza into a tight 90 minutes for a worthy cause, and delivers a musical knockout.
- Mark Deming
Domino / Weird World
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Wild, protean hard rock songs rooted in psychedelic folk and delivered with Green Man-worthy gusto.
- James Christopher Monger
Forever Living Originals
R&B
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Expansive yet concentrated second solo album from the singer/songwriter, supported again by Sault partner Inflo.
- Andy Kellman
Sacred Bones
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This long-running project centered around experimental songwriter Ben Jones takes a dramatic shift toward clarity and directness with this new set of lushly arranged songs.
- Fred Thomas
Epitaph
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A potent collaboration that pairs bracing hardcore with expansive symphonic and post-metal.
- James Christopher Monger
Parlophone / Rhino
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The fifth "Era" boxed set from David Bowie chronicles his adventurous 1990s and offers the unreleased album Toy.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Omnivore
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More than two hours of previously unissued solo recordings from the enigmatic Philadelphia pianist reveal the hidden depths of his mastery.
- TiVo Staff
Partisan
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Crawler opens the door to the Idles multiverse, and while it doesn't always stick the landing, the new spaces it does explore are worth the journey.
- Liam Martin
International Anthem
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On their third long-player, the Brooklyn collective expand their musical reach, embracing Afro-Latin grooves, mutant funk, and post-punk.
- Thom Jurek
!K7
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A cosmopolitan and ecstatic mix featuring an exclusive collaboration with Hyperdub labelmate Loraine James.
- Andy Kellman
Rhino
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Previously unreleased demos, live material, and studio outtakes track one of the most exciting early phases of this legendary songwriter's development.
- Fred Thomas
You've Changed Records
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The singer/songwriter's first solo album in nine years brings a triumphant warmth and twang to her music's enduring intimacy.
- Heather Phares
Chandos
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An exceptionally virtuosic album of Spanish, Italian, and Argentine guitar works satisfies with commanding presence.
- James Manheim
Run for Cover Records
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The band's fourth album buries their dark indie pop angst under buckets of reverb and arrives at a more tuneful, more emotionally powerful sound.
- Tim Sendra
Bella Union
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The noise pop band's lockdown-informed second album is sonically expansive, lyrically anxious, and epically immersive.
- Marcy Donelson
BMG / Sounds of Crenshaw
R&B
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The likes of Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Kamasi Washington join the Grammy-nominated musician/producer on his first proper LP in five years.
- Andy Kellman
Easy Action Records / Seventeen
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Essential archival release from a short-lived late-'70s group that included Dave Kusworth and Stephen Duffy and melded Postcard pop, romantic punk, and Stones swagger.
- Tim Sendra
Invada
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The duo's sixth album meshes shoegaze, minimal electronics, danceable rhythms, and an appealing optimism in skillful harmony.
- Heather Phares
PIAS
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A mercurial three-way collaboration results in a headphone gem of quiet sophistication.
- Timothy Monger
On the Corner
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The Danish producer delves deeply into dub, post-punk, and avant-jazz influences on his expectation-defying third album.
- Paul Simpson
Various Artists
The Royal Potato
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A multi-disc collection of Neal Casal's songs performed by musicians who loved him serves as a brilliant reappraisal of the late songwriter's work.
- Thom Jurek
LPO
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Gigantic performance, even by the standards of the "Symphony of a Thousand," brings tremendous excitement and transcendence.
- James Manheim
Mais Um Discos
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After immigrating to New Orleans from Puerto Rico, ÌFÉ explores social justice and Yoruban spirituality with a beat-conscious international cast.
- Thom Jurek