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JUL What Do You Think About the Car? by Declan McKenna GENRE: INDIE ROCK McKenna, who is only 18 years old, is currently being regarded as the rock world’s very own wunderkind. His electrifying, experimental indie rock is always carefully crafted and is highly regarded by his (often older) musical peers. Known for his raw instrumental and songwriting talent, Declan McKenna is definitely one to keep watching. Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator GENRE: HIP-HOP After hearing the single “Who Dat Boy,” many long-time Tyler fans were shocked by the release of the rest of the album. The usually aggressive rapper uses this album to delve into a deeper, more sincere side of himself that older releases tend to bury. SEP Rainbow by Kesha GENRE: COUNTRY/ROCK No, this isn’t the same Ke$ha from “Tik Tok” and “Blow.” Maybe in body, but not in spirit. After recovering from a highly publicized and traumatizing court case about physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, Kesha has returned (sans dollar sign) to show just how strong she really is. This is not an album about mourning or wallowing, though. It’s about sur- viving and proving eve- ryone wrong, and that’s exactly what she’s done. GENRE: INDIE ROCK Sleep Well Beast by The National A huge step away from the drearier music of the past, oldtimers The National have used their latest release to explore a new, more energetic sound. This album, which has been widely regarded as a concept piece about divorce, gives The National a chance to stop and think about how much has changed since they entered the music world and they do so in perfect fashion. OCT NOV Reputation by Taylor Swift GENRE: POP Flicker by Niall Horan GENRE: FOLK/POP Younger Now by Miley Cyrus GENRE: POP/COUNTRY It would be an understatement to say that Miley has been on a long and winding journey since her foray into the pop world over a decade ago. From child pop star, to teen it-girl, to ‘bad influence,’ Cyrus has worn a lot of hats. She’s returning to her roots in her latest album, using country influences to create soft pop works like “Malibu.” 104 The debut solo release from the former One Direction member is a definitive step into the realm of folk pop. His focus on acoustic songwriting shows a new side of his perso- nality, and it definitely fits him well. The highly-anticipated follow-up to the smash hit 1989, Reputation shows an edgier, unapologetic Taylor Swift. She’s done being nice, and if you don’t believe her, just listen to her single “Look What You Made Me Do” and think again. War & Leisure by Miguel GENRE: R&B/SOUL Two years after his debut album, Miguel is back with another release; this time, it’s War & Leisure, a politically charged 12-track album that features the singles “Sky Walker” with Travis Scott and “Told You So.” www.clichemag.com C E D