Beth Orton's new album, Kidsticks, comes out May 27.

Review: Beth Orton, ‘Kidsticks’

On her first album in nearly four years, the singer-songwriter returns to the beat-driven sound that made her name. The result functions as both a yearning journey and a well-earned victory lap.

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Julianna Barwick's new album, Will, comes out May 6.

Review: Julianna Barwick, ‘Will’

Barwick’s songs are musical inkblot tests: The voices trickle in and out, but never quite materialize into lyrical coherency. So it’s up to the listener to interpret them and ascribe personal meaning.

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