Three more al­bums about grow­ing up and calm­ing down

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Court­ney Marie An­drews Hon­est Life LOOSE MU­SIC, 2016

With its tales of heart­break, home­sick­ness and trav­el­ling alone, the Ari­zona singer-song­writer’s take on the fa­mil­iar tale of the road-weary trou­ba­dour had a real fresh­ness to its telling. ★★★★

Jay-Z 4:44 ROC NA­TION, 2017

Hu­mil­ity is a rare thing to find in a multi-plat­inum artist, but on 4:44, a re­sponse to his wife Bey­oncé’s Lemon­ade al­bum re­leased the year be­fore, Jay-Z ad­dressed both his ego and his in­fi­delity. ★★★★

Per­fume Ge­nius No Shape MATADOR, 2017

Mike Hadreas has made no mys­tery about his crav­ing for emo­tional drama, but No Shape’s charm was its ac­count of feed­ing that histri­onic need within the se­cu­rity of a longterm re­la­tion­ship. ★★★★

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