Consumer Guide: January, 2021

Music from Morocco, Senegal, Kingston (Jamaica and New York), Minneapolis, and Omaha, Nebraska. Plus rhyme as analysis and rhyme as meaning, and Taylor Swift's future Christmas classic.

Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher (Dead Oceans) If articulated depression is what you crave, does she have lyrical and musical detail for you—philosophical solace or melodic relief, no (“I See You,” “Graceland Too”) **

Drive-By Truckers: The New OK (ATO) Not a good sign if also no disgrace when the standout tune on the conscious album no one blames them for need…

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