Reviews

Review: Sufjan Stevens Sheds the Frills on the Deeply Personal ‘Carrie & Lowell’

Following Sufjan Stevens' discography up to this point has been a study in addition. More instruments, more and more esoteric references, more genre exercises.
By: James Grebey / April 1, 2015

Review: Madeon Takes Pop Radio on a Teenage ‘Adventure’

The first thing people might notice about French electronic producer Madeon (real name: Hugo Pierre Leclercq) is that he’s only 20 years old. But that…
By: Brennan Carley / April 1, 2015

Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Renew Their Orchestral Bombast on ‘Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’

Over their first two decades, Godspeed You! Black Emperor has garnered as much of a reputation for their enigmatic relationship with publicity as for the…
By: Jonathan Dick / March 30, 2015

Review: Follakzoid Goes Into a Post-Krautrock Trance on ‘III’

The key word most often mentioned surrounding Föllakzoid's new album is "trance." The Chilean trio's music has little to do with the late-'90s club fare…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 30, 2015

Review: Liturgy Won’t Be Your Thinkpiece Anymore on ‘The Ark Work’

The one word you can't escape when reading about Liturgy is "polarizing." On one side there are the experimentalists willing to embrace a metal album,…
By: J.J. Lang / March 27, 2015

Review: Laura Marling Reaches the Second Reel of Life’s ‘Short Movie’

It's a little stunning these days to go back to Laura Marling's first record and hear how her voice has toughened over the years. Not…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 27, 2015

Review: Earl Sweatshirt Makes the Most of Self-Induced House Arrest on ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’

Since he returned from a Samoan boarding school in 2012 to rejoin the by-then famous Odd Future collective, Earl Sweatshirt has seemed like a reluctant…
By: Rebecca Haithcoat / March 26, 2015

Review: Action Bronson Painlessly Graduates From Mixtapes to Albums on ‘Mr. Wonderful’

While the serious emotional response to Kendrick Lamar's epic To Pimp a Butterfly last week led to entire thinkpieces on its "overwhelming blackness,"…
By: Dan Weiss / March 25, 2015

Review: Chastity Belt Turn Goth Into Wry Feminism on ‘Time to Go Home’

Gather your crystals, because the sophomore album by Seattle post-punk quartet Chastity Belt fluoresces like a neon sign for a $10 palm read. Recorded i…
By: Bryn Lovitt / March 24, 2015

Review: Courtney Barnett’s Exhilarating ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’

Courtney Barnett's voice is the first thing you hear on her first proper full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, character-sketching opening…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2015

Review: Tobias Jesso Jr. Falls Short of Nilsson and Newman on ‘Goon’

He's been hailed as the latest link in the venerable Los Angeles-singer-songwriter chain. But L.A. chewed Tobias Jesso Jr. up. He and his band, the…
By: Brad Shoup / March 20, 2015

Review: Kendrick Lamar Returns With the Great American Hip-Hop Album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Azealia Banks — the immensely skilled and completely without-filter rapper who appeared in Playboy the same day that Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited To Pimp a…
By: Dan Weiss / March 20, 2015

Review: Modest Mouse’s Middling Comeback, ‘Strangers to Ourselves’

Eight years and this is it? After several false starts, reports of curious collaborations with two fulcrums from all-time great bands (Big Boi!
By: Kyle McGovern / March 19, 2015

SPIN Electronic Report: Levon Vincent Makes a Splash, DJ Sotofett Blurs Genre Lines

If the first couple of months of 2015 are any indication, this year's quality dance albums are going to make 2014's seem like a hazy,…
By: Steve Mizek / March 18, 2015

Review: Lightning Bolt Add Pleasure to Expressionistic Thrash on ‘Fantasy Empire’

Our brief time on earth offers few pleasures greater than listening to Brian Chippendale play drums. The Lightning Bolt drummer/vocalist's skin-tight snare and the rest…
By: Jeremy D. Larson / March 18, 2015

Review: Twin Shadow Is Ready for Love on ‘Eclipse’

George Lewis Jr., better known under his previously guitar-wielding, leather-jacket-wearing alias Twin Shadow, has said that he finished recording his third album, Eclipse, before leaving…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 16, 2015

Review: Heems Confronts His (And Hip-Hop’s) Dualities on the Surprisingly Mournful ‘Eat Pray Thug’

Why does it seem like only the best bands break up? Perhaps because the weight of what they made was too great for their shoulders:…
By: Dan Weiss / March 11, 2015

Review: Madonna Becomes the Heel of Pop on the Admirably Shameless ‘Rebel Heart’

As the woman who reinvented and ultimately defined what pop stardom means, Madonna understands the first rule of it better than anyone else: Never be…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 10, 2015

Review: Will Butler’s Wonky, Tightly Wound ‘Policy’

Will Butler has always been an outlier. As Arcade Fire's second-most-famous Butler, he's always made being weird seem just as alluring as fitting in. During…
By: Brennan Carley / March 9, 2015

Review: Purity Ring Get Stuck in Ether-Pop Purgatory on ‘another eternity’

"I don't have patience for long, wandering pieces," Corin Roddick of Purity Ring told SPIN in January. "I need a focused song, usually with…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 4, 2015
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