The Pulse is the Uproxx Music guide to the best new albums, mixtapes, and other music releases that matter this week.
For months now, Reputation has felt like tomorrow: It’s always on its way, but it never actually arrives. Well, today is the day, and Taylor Swift’s hotly anticipated sixth album is here. This week also saw new releases from an old alternative rock favorite, an XXL Freshman pick, and others.
Taylor Swift — Reputation
We’ve already been talking about this one for many moons, and that’s been without having even heard most of it. There’s still the Future and Ed Sheeran-featuring “End Game” to endlessly dissect, among others! (It’s important to note that this one famously isn’t streaming yet, but you can buy it in stores or on iTunes now. The singles are all online, though.)
Kamaiyah — Before I Wake
It’s been a rough year for Kamaiyah, whose upcoming album keeps getting delayed and whose brother passed away after a battle with cancer. All this had led to her feeling “creatively trapped,” to which she’s now responded by deciding “to take initiative by recording and putting together music for my fans all on my own because I felt it was time.”
Gun Outfit — Out Of Range
Press materials for Gun Outfit’s new record throw around terms like “Orphic-Gnostic suicide drive” and “the denouement of the decaying American dream,” but on its surface, this rambling, psychedelic record feels less fancy than that. It’s vintage Americana, it’s a bit out there, and it’s a lot of fun.