Album of the Week

Review: Vince Staples’ ‘Summertime ’06’ Is No Picnic, And Gloriously So

Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly…
By: M.T. Richards / June 29, 2015

Review: Kacey Musgraves Outgrows the Trailer Park on ‘Pageant Material’

The real world is hard, and Kacey Musgraves knows it. She knew it on her shit-talking debut, Same Trailer, Different Park, with such auspicious introductions as "Merry Go…
By: Brennan Carley / June 22, 2015

Review: High on Fire Refine the Stoner-Metal Blueprint on ‘Luminiferous’

After six albums and 17 years of existence, High on Fire have made their blueprint transparent. The Oakland trio starts its construction on the firm…
By: Colin Joyce / June 15, 2015

Review: Tove Styrke Rises as a Feminist Pop Queen on ‘Kiddo’

In 2009, Tove Styrke finished third on Swedish Idol and quickly delivered a self-titled album full of the then-untapped promise of mechanized Scandinavian pop. Singles like "Call…
By: Brennan Carley / June 8, 2015

Review: Jason Derulo Is Better Than ‘Bad,’ He’s Good on ‘Everything Is 4′

For a man who’s best-known for singing his name enough times to fill an hour, Jason Desrouleaux’s music really ascended when he decided it needed…
By: Dan Weiss / June 1, 2015

Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Welcomes the Private Into Public on the Kaleidoscopic ‘Multi-Love’

Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing…
By: Harley Brown / May 27, 2015

Review: Shamir Can’t Contain Himself on the Year’s Best Debut, ‘Ratchet’

If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know…
By: Dan Weiss / May 17, 2015

Review: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba Shred Without Guitars on ‘Ba Power’

Bassekou Kouyaté’s band is Ngoni Ba, which translates roughly as "The Big Ngoni," a pretty terrific description of what Kouyaté’s selling, if you know what…
By: Jason Gubbels / May 11, 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: 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
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