Reviews

SPIN Pop Report: Seinabo Sey Electrifies R&B, Years & Years Do Haze-Pop Right

Though the sounds of Top 40 remain largely stagnant this year, there have been several mold-breaking exceptions in Q1, eschewing the typical pop format for…
By: Brennan Carley / April 16, 2015

Review: Tyler, the Creator, Working Hard and Hardly Working on ‘Cherry Bomb’

"I don't like to follow the rules / And that's just who I am," Tyler Okonma plaintively states on "DEATHCAMP," the opener to his fourth…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 16, 2015

Review: Dwight Yoakam’s Latter-Day Winning Streak Continues on ‘Second Hand Heart’

Artists dependent on tradition as muse and subject gamble on fate. Eventually the marketplace will deal — so they think. Well, Dwight Yoakam has wo…
By: Alfred Soto / April 13, 2015

Review: Young Fathers Shake a Leg, Point Fingers on ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’

Boy, is that the album title of the year. Not just for of its popping-off-the-page provocation, the way it grabs you and makes you laugh…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 10, 2015

Review: The Mountain Goats Remain Undefeated on the Bloody ‘Beat the Champ’

The question isn't why John Darnielle made an album about pro wrestling but why he didn't do it sooner. With a catalog that eulogizes murdered…
By: Dan Weiss / April 9, 2015

Review: iLoveMakonnen Unleashes the Real Pretty-Boy Swag on ‘Drink More Water 5′

Makonnen Sheran is as close as it gets to a left-field success story in 2015 that doesn't involve a viral video or a reality show.
By: Dan Weiss / April 8, 2015

Review: Waxahatchee Brings the Pain (And ’90s Alt-Rock) on ‘Ivy Tripp’

Katie Crutchfield's career arc with her solo project, Waxahatchee, is predicated on incremental growth: records released by progressively larger labels, music recorded in increasingly higher…
By: Annie Zaleski / April 7, 2015

Review: American Wrestlers Put Listeners in a Lo-Fi Submission Hold With Self-Titled Debut

When you hear the origin story of American Wrestlers — wayward former member of a critically acclaimed U.K. band moves to the U.S. midwest for love,…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 6, 2015

Review: Death Cab for Cutie Navigate Chilly Waters on ‘Kintsugi’

"There is beauty in a failure," Ben Gibbard sings pensively on "Black Sun," the lead single from Death Cab for Cutie's eighth studio album, Kintsugi. The frontman ha…
By: Rachel Brodsky / April 3, 2015

SPIN Noise Report: Eye Scuzz-Rocks Out With Samples, Timeghost Clicks and Whirrs

Anyone bemoaning a dearth of worthwhile albums in noise isn't looking or listening hard enough. Thanks to established imprints, SoundCloud streams, Bandcamp accounts, and more,…
By: Raymond Cummings / April 3, 2015
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