New releases from Solange, Patty Griffin, and more 

Solange, When I Get Home
  • Solange, When I Get Home
Solange, When I Get Home (Columbia) – 
Solange Knowles always has flexed a reputation for being more experimental and jazz-influenced than sister Beyoncé, but she carries that tendency to new heights in her fourth album. It’s not just the fragmentary vocal experimentation, but the throwback to 1970s funk, and the lighthearted jokes in “My Skin My Logo” and “Things I Imagined.” Solange is always pushing the improvisational edge in R&B, while keeping her intent sly and wistful.

Patty Griffin, ST
  • Patty Griffin, ST
Patty Griffin, ST (Thirty Tigers) – For her 10th studio album, Maine folkie Patty Griffin aims for frankness and disclosure, wrapped in eclectic minor-key arrangements. There is still a degree of cryptic shadow placed over the lyrics, less direct than 2015’s Servant of Love. Still, songs like “River” are straightforward enough to win Griffin a broader audience.

Hozier, Wasteland, Baby!
  • Hozier, Wasteland, Baby!
Hozier, Wasteland, Baby! (Rubyworks Records) – It’s easy to dismiss an instant mega-star like Dublin’s Hozier, particularly when four years elapsed since his first album. Yet Hozier deserves a nod for the sincere politics in his unique folk-soul hybrid sound. Hozier only stumbles when he tries to name-check too many musicians as influences. Just keep it simple, and we’ll hold off on jokes.


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