Posts By Jillian Mapes

Taylor Swift: folklore

Made from afar, primarily with the National’s Aaron Dessner, Swift’s eighth album is a sweater-weather record filled with cinematic love songs and rich fictional details.

Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food

Talking Heads’ second album expanded their sound and took them to the dancefloor, marking the beginning of their career-defining collaborations with Brian Eno.

No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit No Doubt’s 1995 record, an icon of the ska revival and the auspicious beginning of Gwen Stefani’s pop stardom.

Tame Impala: The Slow Rush

On his fourth album, Kevin Parker takes a breath and eases into a smoother psychedelic sound. Even without the adrenaline-filled highs, the compositions are as rich and thoughtful as ever.

Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986

This compilation of extra smooth, funky, and sometimes very odd songs from the heydey of Japan’s technological boom is a broad yet nuanced introduction to the genre of city pop.

Jenny Lewis: On the Line

The fourth album from the California indie rock icon features some of her strongest songwriting, sung gorgeously and told with piercing detail.

Ariana Grande: Sweetener

After years of searching, Ariana Grande has found her true voice. Sweetener is an exemplary pop album, radiating with low-key joy and newfound love.

Caroline Says: No Fool Like an Old Fool

From its muted-color harmonies to its overly padded beats, much of Caroline Sallee’s witty and beautiful second album sounds like it’s trying to hide in plain sight