September 30, 2013 12:00 PM



Sweden’s superstar deejay makes a debut album that instantly puts him right up there with the David Guettas and Calvin Harrises of the world. He shows a knack for mixing real soul into the electronic beats on tracks like the rousing hit “Wake Me Up!” []

Janelle Monáe

The Electric Lady

The biggest problem with Monáe’s second album is the first half’s thrills—from “Dance Apocalyptic” and the title cut to a Prince cameo—make it a shame that the slow-jammy second half can’t match that wattage. Still, this eclectic lady rocks. []

Arctic Monkeys


Britain’s best indie rockers stay on their career-long roll with their fifth album. Frontman Alex Turner continues to have a wicked way with a lyric: “I wanna be your vacuum cleaner / Breathing in your dust,” he croons on “I Wanna Be Yours,” making you all his. []

The Weeknd

Kiss Land

Following the exhaustive, three-disc seduction of last year’s Trilogy, this neo-soulster sounds as if he is a bit spent here. Even so, his silky vocals and sexy atmospherics on Kiss Land succeed in setting the mood for a hot makeout session. []

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