我想在那之后我们都能同意Sunday'sBillboard Music Awards,we're in need of an audio recalibration,and I've got just the thing.This week,I have a trio of industry heavy-hitters—Coldplay,the Roots,andRobin Thicke-从流行/摇滚到嘻哈到灵魂，我相信不管你的口味如何，you're bound to enjoy at least one thing that each of these acts are offering.So get to reading my reviews and click on the album title below for a link to preview and/or make a purchase.
最近记忆中最常被谈论的乐队之一，Coldplay is back after their experimental 2011Mylo Xyloto专辑。I,一方面，很高兴他们回来了。I'm not 100 percent happy withGhost Stories(43-minute run time?Albums can only be that short when every song is darn near perfect,and that's not the case here),but I am happy with the direction they're going in as a group.
Ghost Storiesis decidedly an anti-summer album.It's not bouncy,cheery,或者说，轻风不是那种酷玩，它的发行时间与5月或6月通常发行的音乐不符。Despite the prevalence of electronic arrangements found on "Ink" or "A Sky Full of Stars,"Storiesis melancholic,这无疑受到主唱即将与女演员离婚的影响Gwyneth Paltrow.Even the opening track,"Always In My Head," is not a breakup song per se but still leaves the listener with the feeling that the person (Paltrow?) is haunting his thoughts.尽管悲伤，I like the downbeat energy.这是一个很好的选择，而不是现在。
I think what the album is missing overall,however,are catchy choruses.The Bon Iver-esque "Midnight" is so heavily auto-tuned that it's hard to make out what's being said,and even the beautiful closing song,“哦，”真的没有钩子。Sure,"A Sky Full of Stars" is rooted in EDM,but it isn't enough to provide a substantial reprieve from the bleakness of the rest of the music.
这就是说，I've still enjoyed the album and think Coldplay is onto something with the scaling back of their sound.I admire the minimalist efforts,但是我认为一些流行音乐或者像以前的“时钟”或“修复你”中的那种大声音会提供一个很好的平衡。
Standout tracks:"Always in My Head," "Magic," "Ink," "O"
Robin Thicke,Get Her Back
If you haven't been paying attention,R&B歌手罗宾·西克和他的妻子，女演员保拉巴顿,separated recently,他已经公开表明，他愿意不惜一切代价来修复他们的关系。他甚至还为她发行了一首新歌，"Get Her Back."
I know that a lot of people know Thicke from his recent albumBlurred Lines,but "Back" is a return to the soul music he was doing before he shot to stardom.It's got a nice funk bass,and his falsetto floats over it perfectly.这是他最擅长的音乐,and I hope that this is a sign of the kind of tracks he's going to be putting out in the future.
The Roots,...and then you shoot your cousin
尽管很可怕，我们必须承认，世界上有些人只知道“乐队”的起源。The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon“哎呀！谢天谢地，their new album...and then you shoot your cousinshould sufficiently change that.cousinis the Roots' first album in three years,and it simultaneously reminds us of their past—selecting perfect samples,在这种情况下，无与伦比的尼娜·西蒙，除了乐队对突出客座歌手的喜好（Dice Raw和歌手Raheem Devaughn各出现在两首曲目上）外，他们的未来作品也将一览无余。