Reviews

Review: On Care, How to Dress Well Opens His Heart and Arrangements

If alt-R&B disappears ever, it’ll be via suffocation under a heap of its own baggage. The stereotypes are well-known and vicious. The worst of the…
Katherine St. Asaph / September 23, 2016

Classic Reviews: Nirvana, Nevermind

This review originally ran in the December 1991 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind, we've republished this piece here. …
Lauren Spencer / September 23, 2016

Review: Beach Slang Are Some Kind of Wonderful on A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

Do it for the kids. So goes the mantra espoused by several colleagues of mine, half inside joke, half journalistic mission statement. The aphorism, often…
Zoe Camp / September 22, 2016

Review: Usher’s Hard II Love Arrives a Bit Too Late

Four years ago, it felt like Usher Raymond IV had broken new ground. On "Climax," his lovelorn pathos was married to Diplo’s frostbitten production, making for a…
Brian Josephs / September 20, 2016

Review: Preoccupations Ride a New Wave on Self-Titled Reboot

In 2013, a Canadian post-punk band called Viet Cong embarked on its first tour, stopping to perform in a small, sweaty room in Brooklyn along…
Andy Cush / September 16, 2016

SPIN R&B Report: Yuna Props Up Woozy Soul With Smelling Salts, Laura Mvula Meets Pop Halfway

While the world spent much of this year waiting for Frank Ocean, R&B continued to evolve. This season’s picks illustrate that there’s a thriving crop…
Mosi Reeves / August 26, 2016

Review: Cass McCombs Is a Moving Target on ‘Mangy Love’

There’s a story Cass McCombs has told about how in his older days, he would never sit for publicity shots. At a certain point, the…
Andy Beta / August 25, 2016

Review: Frank Ocean’s Blond on ‘Blonde’ Is Pledging Its Goddamn Time

Frank Ocean fixed "Wolves." No, really: Kanye was onto something when he called The Life of Pablo a "living album," because — while he’s on…
Dan Weiss / August 23, 2016

Review: Vince Staples Remains More Reality Than Television on ‘Prima Donna’ EP

Vince Staples records feel like transmissions. On early mixtapes like Stolen Youth and his Shyne Coldchain series, they were the raw, unfiltered diary entries of…
Matthew Ramirez / August 23, 2016

Review: De La Soul, Still Rising After All These Years on ‘and the Anonymous Nobody…’

When D.A.I.S.Y. Age survivors De La Soul announced that they were returning to the studio after a decade's hiatus — and that, instead of pushing…
Stereo Williams / August 22, 2016

Frank Ocean’s ‘Endless’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

Frank Ocean returned last night with Endless, a new "visual album" available exclusively through Apple Music. The 45-minute piece isn't the only new material the…
SPIN Staff / August 19, 2016

Review: Ka Is Calm Like a Bomb on ‘Honor Killed the Samurai’

Brownsville rapper Ka’s voice commands close listening. It’s somewhere between a wheeze and a snarl, dead-eyed and cold — dragging with it a street-weary stoicism.
Sheldon Pearce / August 17, 2016

Review: Myrkur Foregrounds the Grace in Black Metal on the Live ‘Mausoleum’

It’s been nearly a year since Amalie Bruun shook the metal world with M, her debut LP, and more importantly, her formal unmasking as the…
Zoe Camp / August 15, 2016

Review: Of Montreal’s ‘Innocence Reaches’ Really Is Reaching

Of Montreal used to be quite winsome, and you won't get any more pleasure from complaining about their 14th album than you would listening to it.
Anna Gaca / August 11, 2016

Review: ‘Fishing Blues’ Is Atmosphere’s Worst Album by Far

Respect to Sean Daley; he's been thinking out loud for damn near 20 years now under the name Slug as part of the duo Atmosphere,…
Dan Weiss / August 11, 2016

Review: Rae Sremmurd Dim the Fun, Along With the Lights, on ‘SremmLife 2′

Last year, it was impossible to go anywhere — a nightclub, a rooftop barbecue, even the supermarket — without hearing the manically gleeful chants of Rae…
Mosi Reeves / August 10, 2016

Review: Katie Dey’s ‘Flood Network’ Is Rife With 404 Errors and Heartbreak

Australian songwriter and producer Katie Dey’s 2015 debut, asdfasdf, felt born from the internet. It wasn’t that social media fomented the cult musician’s rapid rise (though shoutouts from…
Colin Joyce / August 8, 2016

Review: DJ Khaled Is the Biggest Hypeman of All Time on ‘Major Key’

DJ Khaled is a movie star. You won’t literally see him at the Megaplex, but an invite to the Oscars red carpet isn't completely out…
Matthew Ramirez / August 4, 2016

Review: Dinosaur Jr.’s Minds Are Green as Ever on ‘Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not’

The guitar splatter of Dinosaur Jr. is one of the most instantly recognizable sounds of the early-‘90s alt-rock boom. But even given the influence of…
Eric Davidson / August 2, 2016

Review: Field Mouse Roar (Quietly) From Philadelphia on ‘Episodic’

Modern dream-pop is a versatile label, applied to the heady melodies of Beach House and the hooky sway of the Pains of Being Pure at…
Anna Gaca / August 1, 2016
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