Reviews

Review: On the Pummeling Heartless, Pallbearer Haven’t Softened

It’s taken Arkansas doom outfit Pallbearer just eight years to clamber out from the underground and onto the sacred dais we like to call "the…
Zoe Camp / March 24, 2017

Review: Sorority Noise Find New Strength in Grief on You’re Not As _____ As You Think

Coming from a genre notorious for glorifying teenage angst and spite-ridden suicide, Sorority Noise really only found themselves when they…
Rob Arcand / March 23, 2017

Review: ANOHNI’s Paradise Greets the Apocalypse With Indignation and Humility

The apocalypse will not arrive in a flash, but through the slow melting of ice, the smogging of clear skies, the rising of low seas…
Jeremy Gordon / March 22, 2017

Review: Real Estate Continue Their Blissful, Unhurried Quest for Inner Harmony on In Mind

For nearly a decade, Real Estate have made music as blissful and unhurried as a cat lolling about in a sunbeam. Their endless reserves of tranquility…
Jeremy Gordon / March 21, 2017

Review: The Thrilling More Life Makes a Compelling Argument For the Audacity of Drake

Pop music, at least its apex, is the province of the audacious, from Elvis twisting his hips, to Prince, Madonna, and Janet Jackson rearranging sexual…
Jordan Sargent / March 20, 2017

Review: Spoon Fully Embrace Artifice on the Kaleidoscopic Hot Thoughts

"Coconut milk, coconut water, you still like to tell me they’re the same--who am I to say?" Britt Daniel sings over disco-punk drums and a…
Andy Cush / March 17, 2017

Review: On Everybody Works, Jay Som Gracefully Masters the Art of Holding Back

Melina Duterte isn't a belter; she delivers lyrics like gentle mantras, as if their repetition might produce a self-induced hypnosis, encircling herself in a world of…
Anna Gaca / March 14, 2017

Review: On Heartworms, the Shins Move Past Boring Indie Rock Debates to Have Some Fun

The Shins’ fifth album, Heartworms, could not have arrived at a worse time, dropping as it has at the tail end of an biannual…
Brad Shoup / March 10, 2017

Review: On ÷, Ed Sheeran Is More Than Just Pop’s Sheepish Nice Guy

No modern mainstream musician represents the friend zone more than Ed Sheeran, who was introduced to the United States as Taylor Swift’s grinning, ginger teddy…
Jeremy Gordon / March 7, 2017

Review: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

This review of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible first ran in the March 2007 issue of Spin, and we're republishing it here to mark the…
Josh Modell / March 6, 2017

Review: Xiu Xiu’s FORGET Finds New Territory Through Collaboration

Fifteen years into the project’s existence, a new Xiu Xiu record comes with certain expectations. Tinny synths and drum machines will grow from sparse arrangements,…
Rob Arcand / March 1, 2017

Review: Kingdom’s Tears in the Club Is an Uneven Release From a Brilliant Producer

"What Is Love," the opening track of Kingdom’s debut full-length album Tears in the Club, immediately establishes itself as a highlight of his catalog. It…
Andy Cush / February 24, 2017

Review: On Why Love Now, Pissed Jeans Explore the Lighter Side of Everyday Agony

The world of heavy guitar music isn’t known for its sense of humor. You have your bearded metalheads, singing about wizards and spending Friday evenings…
Andy Cush / February 24, 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

Review: Future Suddenly Comes Alive On Surprise Album FUTURE

One good thing to come from capitalism is rap music, and into the lineage of the art form’s greatest moguls—Master P, Puff Daddy, Jay Z,…
Jordan Sargent / February 22, 2017
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