Reviews

Review: Best Coast Refuse to Hit Cruise Control on ‘California Nights’

Expectation is a finicky, often insurmountable burden attached to nearly every album in the Internet age. It’s impossible to avoid the entirety of a band’…
By: Brennan Carley / May 4, 2015

Review: Ciara’s (Lack of) Future Is So Bright She Doesn’t Need Shade on ‘Jackie’

Forgive this one: Ciara is like the Bernie Sanders of R&B. Her mononym (and title of her previous album) for once reflect a keep-it-simple-stupid etho…
By: Dan Weiss / May 4, 2015

Review: Blur Cruise Comfortably Into Their Second Act with ‘The Magic Whip’

Sometime in the year 2023, Blur and Radiohead will release the exact same album. As Radiohead's material continues to get jammier, mellower and less electronic-based,…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 28, 2015

Review: Raekwon Lets Us Into the Mind of a Killer-For-Hire on ‘Fly International Luxurious Art’

Raekwon is the deadpanning, teeth-gritting Don of Staten Island, who's long cut one of gangsta rap’s more venal figures: a vanquisher-for-hire who comports himself with…
By: M.T. Richards / April 28, 2015

Review: Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld Honk and Scrape on ‘Never Were the Way She Was’

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld have given no formal interviews about their brawny new collaborative album, Never were the way she was, which is mostly…
By: Harley Brown / April 27, 2015

Review: With Your Help, Miami Horror Let Loose on ‘All Possible Futures’

For a band so steeped in Australian, bush-brined sugar-pop, Miami Horror show a better understanding of American Top 40 than many of our own homegrow…
By: Brennan Carley / April 24, 2015

Review: Speedy Ortiz Refuse to Stand in Place on the Jagged-Riffed ‘Foil Deer’

On Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, frontwoman Sadie Dupuis doesn't set the world on fire — she's the type to write characters who light a cigarette only…
By: Harley Brown / April 24, 2015

Review: Yelawolf Continues to Puzzle and Impress in Equal Measure on ‘Love Story’

The second-worst mistake a rapper can make on their sophomore album is rapping about how much the music industry has failed them. It makes them sound whiny,…
By: Drew Millard / April 23, 2015

Review: Built to Spill Enter the Rock-Will-Never-Die Stage on ‘Untethered Moon’

Even in those bygone days when guitar wranglers prowled all-ages clubs, Doug Martsch’s method seemed messianic: six strings exploring the sublime. Nominally indie after nearly…
By: Jason Gubbels / April 22, 2015

Review: Alabama Shakes Can’t Be Tamed on the Ripping ‘Sound and Color’

Alabama Shakes epitomize what a rock band should be in this era, mostly for what they lack. Confidence oozes out of every note that pour…
By: Natasha Aftandilians / April 22, 2015
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