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Expert Witness: SOPHIE's Sweet Clarity

New in Expert Witness:

  • Sophie: Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (Transgressive/Future Classic) A-
  • Beats Antique: Shadowbox (Beats Antique) A-
  • DJ Koze: Knock Knock (Pampa) **
  • Allen Ravenstine: Waiting for the Bomb (Morphius/MVD) *

We're setting up a new section where Robert Christgau will be answering questions from readers. To submit a question, use this form. Current plan is to post first set of Q&A on Tuesday, July 24.

Christgau has a new book coming out in October from Duke University Press: Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism 1967-2017.

Expert Witness: G.O.O.D. Music's Good (and Less Good) Music)

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  • Pusha T: Daytona (G.O.O.D. Music) A
  • Tierra Whack: Whack World (self-released) A-
  • Kanye West and Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghosts (G.O.O.D. Music) A-
  • Gift of Gab: Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! (Giftstribution) ***
  • Nas: Nasir (G.O.O.D. Music) *
  • Kanye West: Ye (G.O.O.D. Music) *

We're setting up a new section where Robert Christgau will be answering questions from readers. To submit a question, use this form.

Expert Witness: Merrill Garbus's Creative Compulsions

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  • tUnE-yArDs: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD) A-
  • Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom + Pop) A-
  • Neko Case: Hell-On (Anti-) B+
  • Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice (Matador) **
  • Lily Allen: No Shame (Warner Bros.) *
Expert Witness: Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba's Beautiful Crossover

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  • Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: Routes (Twelve Eight) A-
  • Imarhan: Temet (City Slang) A-
  • Molly Tigre: Molly Tigre (Very Special) ***
  • Sidi Tourť: Toubalero (Thrill Jockey) ***
Expert Witness: Wynton Marsalis's Smarts and Chops

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  • Wynton Marsalis Septet: United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (Blue Engine) A-
  • Moby Grape: Live (Sundazed) A-
  • Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s (Legacy) B+
Expert Witness: Jon Hassell's "Anxiety-Easingj, Life-Enhancing" New LP

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  • Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume 1) (Ndeya) A-
  • Jon Hopkins: Immunity (Domino) A-
  • Jlin: Black Origami (Planet Mu) ***
  • Jon Hopkins: Singularity (Domino) **
Expert Witness: Parquet Courts' Sharp, Sinewy New Album

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  • Parquet Courts: Wide Awaaaaake! (Rough Trade) A
  • No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City) A
  • The Coathangers: Live (Suicide Squeeze) **
  • Idles: Brutalism (Balley) *
  • Bully: Losing (Sub Pop) *
Expert Witness: The Bold Pop of Janelle MonŠe and Perfume Genius

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  • Janelle MonŠe: Dirty Computer (Atlantic) A-
  • Perfume Genius: No Shape (Matador) A-
  • Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life (Interscope/Polydor) ***
  • Taylor Swift: Reputation (Big Machine) ***
  • Sam Smith: The Thrill of ItAll (Deluxe Edition) (Capitol) **
  • Miguel: War & Leisure (RCA) **
  • Pink: Beautiful Trauma (RCA) *
  • Kesha: Rainbow (RCA) *
Expert Witness: Frankie Cosmos' Guts and Speedy Ortiz's Wordplay

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  • Frankie Cosmos: Vessel (Sub Pop) A-
  • Speedy Ortiz: Twerp Verse (Carpark) A-
  • Hop Along: Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek) ***
  • Frankie Cosmos: Next Thing (Bayonet) **
  • The Breeders: All Nerve (4AD) *
Expert Witness: Bettye Labette's Dylan Covers and Wussy's Spacey Return

New in Expert Witness:

  • Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (Verve) A
  • Wussy: Getting Better (Shake It) A
  • Wussy: What Heaven Is Like (Shake It) A-
Expert Witness: The Complexity of Mount Eerie's Survival Record

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  • Mount Eerie: Now Only (P.W. Elverum & Sun) A
  • Ry Cooder: The Prodigal Son (Fantasy) A-
  • Jeffrey Lewis and the Deposit Returners: Works by Tuli Kupferberg (1923-2010) (Don Giovanni) B+
Expert Witness: Cardi B's All-Killer Debut

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  • Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic) A
  • Princess Nokia: A Girl Cried Red (self-released) B+
  • Roc Marciano: RR2: The Bitter Dose (Marci Enterprises) ***
  • Migos: Culture II (QC/Motown/Capitol) *
Expert Witness: The Late-Career Clarity of Willie Nelson and John Prine

New in Expert Witness:

  • Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (Legacy) A
  • John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy) A-
  • William Bell: This Is Where I Live (Stax) ***
  • Elvin Bishop: Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio (Alligator) ***
  • Pops Staples: Don't Lose This (dBpm) **
  • Derek Smalls: Small Change (Twanky/BMG) *
Expert Witness: The Country Craft of Tyler Childers and Ashley McBride

New in Expert Witness:

  • Tyler Childers: Purgatory (Hickman Holler) A-
  • Ashley McBryde: Girl Going Nowhere (Atlantic) B+
  • Chris Janson: Everybody (Warner Music Nashville) **
  • Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: The Rest of Our Life (Arista) **
  • Thomas Rhett: Life Changes (Valory Music) *
Expert Witness: Tracey Thorn's "Feminist Bangers"

New in Expert Witness:

  • Tracey Thorn: Record (Merge) A-
  • Jinx Lennon: Grow a Pair!!! (Septic Tiger) A-
  • Derek Senn: Avuncular (self-released) ***
  • Brad San Martin: Shoot Tomorrow/Learn Tonight (Jigsaw) *
Expert Witness: Superorganism's Shot at Stardom

New in Expert Witness:

  • Superorganism: Superorganism (Domino) A-
  • Alvvays: Antisocialites (Polyvinyl) A-
  • Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex (Partisan) **
  • Willow Smith: The 1st (MSFTS Music/Roc Nation) *
  • U.S. Girls: In a Poem Unlimited (4AD) *
Expert Witness: The Refuge of Yo La Tengo and the Audacity of Amy Rigby

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  • Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic) A-
  • Yo La Tengo: There's a Riot Going On (Matador) A-
  • Wreckless Eric: Construction Time & Demolition (Southern Domestic) A-
Expert Witness: The Genius of Thelonious Monk

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  • Mast: Thelonious Sphere Monk (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup) A
  • Thelonious Monk: Les Laisisons Dangereuses 1960 (Saga/Sam) A-
  • Ornette Coleman: Ornette at 12/Crisis (Real Gone Music) B+
Expert Witness: The Desperation of Ezra Furman and Car Seat Headrest

New in Expert Witness:

  • Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus (Bella Union) A-
  • Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy (Matador) A-
  • Walter Martin: Reminisce Bar & Grill (Ile Flottante) *
  • Born Ruffians: Uncle, Duke and the Chief (Yep Roc) *
Expert Witness: The Most Afecting Political Album of Our Era

New in Expert Witness:

  • Superchunk: What a Time to Be Alive (Merge) A
  • Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band: Bone Reader (Grigri) B+
  • Grant Peeples and the Peeples Republik: Settling Scores Vol. II (Gatorbone) ***
  • Prophets of Rage: Prophets of Rage (Concord Music Group) *

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