Part of the problem is Kendrick himself.
If To Pimp a Butterfly was Kendrick Lamar’s vitriolic response to the greater populace in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and all the violence and intolerance that led to its inception, DAMN. is the stark comedown as the reality of the situation settles in and those with a penchant for sloganeering have moved on. (“Parade the streets …
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To Pimp a Butterfly proudly shows every complexity, flaw and insecurity right next to the boasts, the talent and the brief moments of optimism.
20. Cat Power Sun [Matador] Cat Power’s ninth studio album is filled with unexpected studio flourishes—overdubs, synthesizers, electronic beats—and yet retains all the lyric edge and raw, minor-key emotion that distinguish the best of her work. Sun has moments as introspective as anything in Chan Marshall’s catalog, notably the hangover ruminations of “3,6,9” or the understated rage of “Always on …
25) M.I.A. – “Bad Girls” [Interscope] Originally released by M.I.A. as a 2:13 worldbeat experiment on 2010’s Vicki Leekx mixtape, the extended edit of “Bad Girls” blends the jovial tenacity of the younger performer with the alternative pop sheen the songstress has cultivated in the interim 13 months. True, the song centers on M.I.A. getting banged in the front seat …