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Tuesday Reviewsday: Lorde, Pusha T, Gretchen Parlato and more

by Take Two

Recording artist Lorde performs an at the Alt 98.7 Penthouse inside the Hollywood Tower on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 in Los Angeles. Paul A. Hebert/Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our regular segment in which we talk about the best in new music. This week we're joined by Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Oliver's Picks: 

Artist: Lorde
Album: Pure Heroine
Release Date: September 27
Label: Universal
Songs: "Royals" and "White Teeth Teens"
This is the New Zealand teenager's debut album. She had a solid summer hit with "Royals," which originally debuted on Lorde's "Love Club" EP. The new album offers more of the same: minimalist production by Joel Little and Lorde's haunting, measured vocals.

"Royals" video

"White Teeth Teens"

Artist: Pusha T
Album: My Name is My Name
Release Date: October 8
Label: Good/Def Jam
Songs: "Suicide" and "Nostalgia"
This is the first solo album by former Clipse member, Pusha T. Still rapping about cocaine! Still sounding good doing it! Exec. produced by Kanye West. 

"Suicide"

"Nostalgia"

Morgan's Picks:

Artist: Gretchen Parlato 
Album: Gretchen Parlato Live in NYC 
Label: Obliq Sound 
Songs: "Butterfly" and "Weak"
Gretchen Parlato is the first vocalist ever admitted to the Theonious Monk Jazz Institute, and later won first place in the Theonious Monk international vocal competition. She's revered for her interpretations of R&B hits, and the album celebrates a personal milestone. 

"Butterfly"

"Weak"

Artist: Robert Glasper Experiment
Album: Black Radio 2
Release Date: October 29
Label: Blue Note Recordings
Songs: "Let It Ride Ft. Norah Jones" and "Somebody Else Ft. Emeli Sande"
This is the third album in the Grammy Award-winning musician's "Black Radio" series. He's one of the bright new Jazz producers who has produced for other notable artists including  Mos Def, J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Common and more. 

"Black Radio"

What do you think of these songs? Post your review in comments, on Facebook or tweet us @taketwo. We'll feature the best in our weekly "Comments Box" feature. 

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