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Review: Ride’s Disappointing Comeback Album Weather Diaries Lacks the Things That Made Them Great

Shoegaze attracted fans because it sounded like the realization of rock’s fondest dreams about itself. Forget what the Ramones and the Beatles sung about—millions of…
Alfred Soto / June 15, 2017

I Guess I’m Already There: Jonathan Demme Understood How Music and Film Worked Together

"Hi. I’ve got a tape I want to play," says a person dressed like the cabana boy at the health club, possibly in his early…
Alfred Soto / April 27, 2017

10 of Prince’s Best Deep Cuts

Prince's catalogue is as sprawling, diverse, idiosyncratic, and rewarding as any musician's in history, and we will only hear more of it as his estate…
Alfred Soto / April 21, 2017

Review: David Bowie’s No Plan Is a Fond, Final Glimpse at a Departed Master

David Bowie’s death did not transform ★ into a brave, lovely, often great album. (Whether 2013’s The Next Day…
Alfred Soto / February 23, 2017

2016: The Year R&B Returned to the Eye of Quiet Storm

In 1982, a male English trio named Imagination released In the Heat of the Night. Produced by Tony Swain and Steven Jolley, who’d soon work…
Alfred Soto / December 14, 2016

Review: Maxwell Relieves That Stress (on His Syllables) With ‘blackSUMMERS’night’

Halfway through his first album since the formation of the Tea Party, Maxwell sings, "I’m hearin’ and I’m sayin’ things all the time / The…
Alfred Soto / June 28, 2016

Review: Brandy Clark Saved the Hits for Herself This Time on ‘Big Day in a Small Town’

A writer singing her own songs isn’t necessarily a singer. Brandy Clark made this point clear on 2013's 12 Stories; the title’s J.D. Salinger allusion…
Alfred Soto / June 6, 2016

Such a Pretty Toy: Prince’s ‘Controversy’

In the wake of Prince's death, SPIN's staffers and contributors are looking back on some of their favorite albums by the beloved icon. Check back this…
Alfred Soto / April 27, 2016

Review: Pet Shop Boys Are Happier Than We Ever Thought They’d Be on ‘Super’

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are 30 years too late to title a song "Sad Robot Love." After all it’s a sad robot world, and…
Alfred Soto / April 7, 2016

Review: Modest R&B Trio KING Deliver the Ironically Titled ‘We Are KING’

An R&B trio writing and producing its own material is rare enough; here’s one that insists on flexing its collective smarts instead of setting up…
Alfred Soto / February 10, 2016

David Bowie: You Walked Into My Life Out of My Dreams

For the kids from the '70s disappointed by the purported normalization of David Bowie in the '80s, take a look at this poster. When it went…
Alfred Soto / January 11, 2016

Review: David Bowie Remains the Original Starman on ‘★’

Finally, David Bowie’s recorded an album that comports with my idea of a David Bowie album in 2016: art-damaged ballads on which several excellent musicians…
Alfred Soto / January 6, 2016

Review: One Direction Are Directionless on Inconclusive Finale ‘Made in the A.M.’

In the wee small hours? Maybe. Distracted and leaden, One Direction’s Made in the A.M. is the first album since their 2011 debut to offer…
Alfred Soto / November 16, 2015

Review: The Libertines Claw Their Way to Adulthood on ‘Anthems for Doomed Youth’

Now that Carl Barât and Pete Doherty have proven they are capable of collaborating again, they can go away and write a better album than…
Alfred Soto / September 15, 2015

Review: Ashley Monroe’s Songcraft Stays Sharp on ‘The Blade’

The singer and writer of the most exquisite sighs in modern country, Ashley Monroe doesn’t come off as a mope. Her high, fluting voice projects…
Alfred Soto / July 20, 2015

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