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Rob Harvilla’s 25 Best Albums of 2013

To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Deputy Editor Rob Harvilla.
By: Rob Harvilla / December 27, 2013

SPIN’s 20 Best Country Albums of 2013

Pretty great year! More jackasses than old farts here, it's true, but the all-female Top 5 makes up for it, if that's something you're into.
By: Rob Harvilla / December 19, 2013

Brandy Clark: A Pitch-Black Country Songwriter Finds the Joy in Small-Town Pain

Who: Brandy Clark is a 10-plus-year veteran of the Nashville songwriting salt mines, with recent credits on wryly bleak jams from Reba McEntire ("The Day…
By: Rob Harvilla / November 20, 2013

Kellie Pickler Gets Famous, Eric Church Goes Metal, and Much More from SPIN Country

ALBUM OF THE MONTHKellie Pickler, The Woman I Am (Black River Entertainment)Full disclosure: I teared up when Kellie Pickler won Dancing…
By: Rob Harvilla / November 12, 2013

Katy Perry Grows Up and Bums Us Out on Her Shrewd, Tepid ‘Prism’

The best part of Miley: The Movement, MTV's recent trolling-from-the-title-on-down backstage doc, is when Britney Spears shows up to lay down some hot tracks and…
By: Rob Harvilla / October 22, 2013

Pearl Jam’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ Brings Just Enough Thunder

It is silly and reductive to think this way, but still: Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, is older today than the Who's Tommy was the…
By: Rob Harvilla / October 14, 2013

Ciara, ‘Ciara’ (Epic)

Heartfelt congratulations to Ciara, first of all, for releasing an album in 2013, period. A Herculean feat (OK, Athenian, to pick a less mansplaining-prone deity)…
By: Rob Harvilla / July 10, 2013

U2’s ‘Zooropa’ Almost Killed Their Career 20 Years Ago Today

You know you've made it as a Serious Rock Band when an entire years-long phase of your career is so problematic that you spend a…
By: Rob Harvilla / July 6, 2013

Lou Reed Likens Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ to Farting in Priceless Album Review

You may think you're all tapped out, Kanye West think piece-wise, but c'mon, it's Lou Reed! The Talkhouse this morning brings us a sprawling, fantastic…
By: Rob Harvilla / July 2, 2013

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