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Music Review: Lori Henriques' 'How Great Can This Day Be'

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Charli XCX's new album is titled SUCKER. Bella Howard/Charli XCX hide caption

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Charli XCX And The Year's Most Fabulous Pop Record

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Talk about a long-awaited holiday gift: D'Angelo's Black Messiah was released Monday, nearly 15 years after its predecessor. Greg Harris/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Worth The Wait: The Transcendent Groove Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

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Ghostface Killah's new album, 36 Seasons, sees the rapper revive his Tony Starks alter ego. Brian Level/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wu-Tang's Fabulous Fabulist Returns

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Music Review: 'Here is Barbara Lynn' Reissue

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Bryan Ferry's new album, Avonmore, revisits his Roxy Music heyday. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bryan Ferry Slinks Home

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Pink Floyd's new album is titled The Endless River. Albert Watson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Inside The Wall: Pink Floyd's 'Final' Album Is Process On Display

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Lee Ann Womack Scales Back And Goes Traditional And Moody

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Sam Amidon's new album is titled Lily-O. Piper Ferguson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Re-Compositions, Not Covers: Sam Amidon's Personal Folk Collages

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'Merry Widow' Operetta: Stage Versus Screen

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Music Of Honduran Singer Aurelio Rooted In Uplifting, Preserving His Culture

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