Rex Orange County released his fourth studio album, “Who Cares?” on March 11. The album shows the artist expressing his struggle to maintain a peaceful mindset from tough experiences.
Knox Natural released his debut album “Child of the Sun” on Dec. 31. The concept relates the strive of oneself to the constant movement of the sun.
“Laurel Hell” by Mitski is an album that uses heavy synthesizers, deep hitting lyrics, and a reflection on the effect of her sudden rise to indie stardom. It marks her first full length album since her hiatus in 2019.
“Dawn FM” by The Weeknd shows the singer fully embracing the synth-pop genre after giving us a taste of it on his previous album “After Hours.” The album is also highlighted for its radio station themed concept.
“If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power” by Halsey showcases a diversity of genres such as pop, rock, alternative and acoustic. The 13-track concept album expresses the highs and lows of pregnancy and childbirth.
Singer Kacey Musgraves’ fifth studio album, “star-crossed,” is a reflection on her divorce and an exploration of all the emotions involved with the breakup of a relationship. While the album has some standout tracks, overall it is an underwhelming record from an award-winning artist like Musgraves.
Following her success with “Evermore” and “Folklore,” Taylor Swift revisits the past to re-record her album “Fearless.” The nostalgic masterpiece marks Taylor Swift’s third No. 1 album in less than a year.
Lorde is back and better than ever with the release of “Solar Power.” The indie-folk album is a change for the successful pop artist but still holds the immense authenticity she is known for.
Justin Bieber used his time in quarantine to create “Justice,” a musical reflection on his troubled past, Christian faith and role as Hailey Baldwin Bieber’s husband. The album, released under Def Jam Recordings, includes hit singles like “Holy,” “Lonely,” “Anyone” and “Peaches.”
Lana Del Rey and co-writer Jack Antonoff used quarantine to create the melancholy masterpiece, “Chemtrails Over The Country Club.” Del Rey’s seventh studio album portrays the loneliness of fame, her dream of romantic madness and quiet hunger for normalcy.