Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra  [-] After a typically busy and fascinating 2014, Drake's 2015 started off much the same way. His chart-topping "album" If You're Reading This It's Too Late started off life as a free mixtape, but his label Cash Money stepped in at the last minute and changed it to a full-priced [...]

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Rick Ross Mastermind by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by David Jeffries  [-] Not one to evolve at any rate above a snail's pace, Miami rapper Rick Ross is gloriously stuck on gangsta rap, having found a simple yet seemingly secret formula that no other hip-hopper has been able to steal, at least not for more than a single or two. Mastermind [...]

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Gorillaz Plastic Beach by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine  [-] Gorillaz began as a lark but turned serious once it became Damon Albarn’s primary creative outlet following the slow dissolve of Blur. Delivered five years after the delicate whimsical melancholy of 2005’s Demon Days, Plastic Beach is an explicit sequel to its predecessor, its story line roughly picking [...]

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Gorillaz The Fall by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine  [-] The hook to The Fall is that it’s the first high-profile album to be recorded entirely on Apple’s iPad, Damon Albarn assembling these 15 song sketches as the Gorillaz tour rolled across America in the fall of 2010. In that sense, The Fall is not dissimilar from his [...]

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Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by David Jeffries  [-] Becoming an adult ultimately means accepting one's imperfections, unimportance, and mortality, but that doesn't mean we stop striving for the ideal, a search that's so at the center of our very being that our greatest works of art celebrate it, and often amplify it. Anguish and despair rightfully earn [...]

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Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered. by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman  [-] Issued without advance notice 17 days after Kendrick Lamar's riveting 2016 Grammy Awards performance, untitled unmastered. consists of eight demos that are simply numbered and dated. Apart from segments previewed at the Grammys and late-night television appearances, there was no formal promotion. A postscript, it's (artfully) artless in presentation [...]

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Beyoncé Beyoncé by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman  [-] The first 346 days of Beyoncé's 2013 were eventful enough. She headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, joined by Destiny's Child partners Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The trio released "Nuclear," an excellent song disregarded for not being an anthem. A documentary, Life Is But a Dream, aired [...]

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Madonna Like a Prayer by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine Out of all of Madonna's albums, Like a Prayer is her most explicit attempt at a major artistic statement. Even though it is apparent that she is trying to make a "serious" album, the kaleidoscopic variety of pop styles on Like a Prayer is quite dazzling. Ranging from the [...]

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Elvis Presley Elvis Presley [1956] by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder  [-] Today it all seems so easy -- RCA signs up the kid from Memphis, television gets interested at around the same time, and the rest is history. The circumstances surrounding this album were neither simple nor promising, however, nor was there anything in the history of popular music up [...]

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Metallica Metallica by Ted Frank

AllMusic Review by Steve Huey  [-] After the muddled production and ultracomplicated song structures of ...And Justice for All, Metallica decided that they had taken the progressive elements of their music as far as they could and that a simplification and streamlining of their sound was in order. While the assessment made sense from a [...]

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