April 07, 2014 12:00 PM


Loco de Amor

The Colombian star got Grammy-winning producer Steve Lillywhite (U2) to helm a Spanish-language album for the first time, and the result is one of the best records out now in any tongue. With Lillywhite punching up the snap and crackle, Juanes has never sounded better on fiesta starters like the hip-shaking title cut and the delirious “La Luz.” []



Skrillex’s surprise album may not be the career achievement that Beyoncé’s was, but that won’t matter to the body-rocking disciples of the electronic beatmaster. The best bangers here include the tempo-shifting “Stranger,” the Diplo-assisted “Dirty Vibe” and “F**k That,” an underground groove that takes you to the darker places in the club. []


High Noon

This country singer has already scored a hit off his new album in “Drink to That All Night,” a boozy party song on which he half-raps the verses. Niemann has mixed results injecting some hip-hop flavor into “Donkey” and “She’s Fine” (featuring country rapper Colt Ford).But he steers clear of all that on the best tune, “Lucky #7.” []


Kiss Me Once

After going all torch chanteuse on us for 2012’s The Abbey Road Sessions, the Kylie we know and love is back blithely twirling under the disco ball. Pharrell funks up “I Was Gonna Cancel,” and the housey “Fine” adds a touch of soul, but mostly this is the same dance-pop candy that never gets old. It’s enough to make you forgive the cheesiness of “Sexercize.” []

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