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Greatest Albums of 2023

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Karol G turns heartache into ear sweet on “Mañana Será Bonito” (“Tomorrow Will Be Lovely”), 17 songs that work their manner by means of a breakup to discover a new begin. Her voice sounds totally guileless as she sings about lust, betrayal, revenge and therapeutic. With a global assortment of visitors, the Colombian songwriter brings pop tunefulness to reggaeton and likewise makes forays into rock, Dominican dembow, Afrobeats and regional Mexican music — claiming an ever-expanding territory in world pop.

Synergy reigns in boygenius, the alliance of the singer-songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. On “The Document,” they appear to dare each other to rev up the music and sing candidly, or at the least believably, in regards to the some ways relationships — romances, friendships, mentorships — can go sideways. In the meantime, their harmonies promise to hold them by means of all of the setbacks collectively.

“Seven Psalms” comes throughout as a farewell album from Paul Simon, 82. It’s additionally a creative leap, increasing his mastery of the three-minute track into an unbroken 33-minute suite that traverses people, blues and jazz. Simon sings about mortality as a “nice migration” and extols the presence and function of “The Lord,” because the biblical psalms do. He additionally ponders music, love, household and eternity. The tone is conversational and quizzical; the implications are deep.

Adolescence is difficult sufficient. Throw in celeb, social-media scrutiny, headline touring and musical productiveness, and it’s exceptional that Oliva Rodrigo, now 20, has stored not solely a transparent head however a humorousness. The songs on her second album, “Guts,” mix pop’s concision and melody with rock’s potential to erupt. The manufacturing riffles by means of a long time of artful allusions as she offers with self-confidence and insecurity, misjudgments and comeuppances, and the relentless, contradictory expectations positioned on a teenage feminine star.

Feist explores sorrow, longing, solace, new motherhood and the way forward for the Earth on “Multitudes.” Her newest songs are largely quiet, however not all the time. They’ll take startling dynamic leaps: between unadorned acoustic close-ups and forays into orchestration or electronics, between lullaby and clatter, between intimacy and thriller, all the time in search of a compassionate path.