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Music Review: Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

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She’s made two conceptual albums featuring her alter-ego, the time-traveling android Cindi Mayweather, and starred in two films: the Oscar-winning Moonlight and Hidden Figures . And yet a major commercial breakthrough has so far eluded her. But this could be Monáe’s moment. Working with Prince before he died in 2016, Monáe went on to create a strikingly personal album. The sensual “Make Me Feel” is a direct homage to Prince’s “Kiss,” while “Americans” resembles the free spirit of his “Let’s Go Crazy” and the finger-popping “Pynk” channels the Purple One’s sexually liberated anthems. Monáe, who has been romantically linked to actress Tessa Thompson, uses her new album to explore themes of fem...
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Music review: Juliana Hatfield - Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John

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It may seem bizarre but Hatfield, best known for her 1993 alt-rock nugget “My Sister,” delivers a sincere, kick-ass tribute to her childhood hero. She scuffs up Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” gives a punk edge to her “Totally Hot” and embraces the pure pop of “Physical” and “Have You Ever Been Mellow” in a most brilliant way.
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Music Review: Sting & Shaggy - 44/876

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It’s an unlikely pairing—one is a member of English rock royalty, the other a Jamaican superstar—but it works. “We both have ridiculous names,” jokes Sting, born Gordon Sumner, while Shaggy, born Orville Burrell, cites the two musicians’ shared love of reggae music as the bond. The pair’s island-inspired album, named after the British and Jamaican dialling codes, is a sunny delight. It opens with the title track, a dancehall number featuring Shaggy, best known for hits like “Oh Carolina” and “Boombastic,” toasting about rice and peas and Sting singing about Bob Marley. There are moments of genuine fun, on the infectious “Don’t Make Me Wait,” and of pure drama, on the courtroom-themed “Crooke...
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