Reviews

Review: Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls Is His Strongest, Most Unified Project In Years

Perhaps the last Atlanta street-rap mixtape that brought to mind the sounds of a college quad on a summer Friday afternoon was Rich Homie Quan’s If You…
Winston Cook-Wilson / June 21, 2017

Review: Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth

This review of 'Hell on Earth' originally appeared in the January 1997 issue of Spin. In light of Prodigy's passing, we are republishing it now. …
Sacha Jenkins / June 20, 2017

Review: Mobb Deep – Murda Muzik

This review of 'Murda Muzik' originally appeared in the November 1999 issue of Spin. We are republishing it now in the light of Prodigy's passing. …
Joe Gross / June 20, 2017

Review: Mobb Deep – The Infamous

This review of  'The Infamous' originally appeared in the August 1995 issue of Spin. We are republishing it now in the light of Prodigy's passing. …
Chris Norris / June 20, 2017

Review: Prodigy – H.N.I.C.

This review of Prodigy's 'H.N.I.C.' originally appeared in the November 2000 issue of SPIN. In the light of Prodigy's passing, we are republishing it here. …
Neil Drumming / June 20, 2017

Review: 2 Chainz’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Could Only Have Been Made By Him

The summer of 2012 saw a mainstream revival of Southern rap that helped give French Montana his biggest hit via a 2 Live Crew sample, provided Juicy J with a…
Brian Josephs / June 19, 2017

Review: Lorde Is a Visionary in the Dark on Melodrama

"Every decision that we made for this album, every sound we choose, every word we chose, it was so deliberated—for every word we chose, I…
Anna Gaca / June 16, 2017

Review: Fleet Foxes’ Crack-Up Is a Successfully Daring Step Forward

No matter how many dashes and parentheses Robin Pecknold inserts into his song titles, or how many Japanese mountains and medieval British monsters loom behind…
Andy Cush / June 16, 2017

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

Review: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie’s New Album Will Please and Perplex Fleetwood Mac Fans

The opening moments of the album that should be called Buckingham McVie--but which is called Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie only because it’s weird for Lindsey Buckingham…
Winston Cook-Wilson / June 13, 2017

Review: Katy Perry’s Witness Has the Inherent Appeal of Spectacular Failure

"Katy Perry Now Going Door-to-Door Trying to Shock People" does not quite have the ring of one of the Onion’s most famous headlines, but it is an approximate description of Perry's…
Jordan Sargent / June 9, 2017

Review: Phoenix Evoke Italian Summers and Late Night Romance on the Exceptional Ti Amo

Without making a big thing of it, the French rock band Phoenix has resisted modern fame’s mania for disclosure, instead cultivating an affable inscrutability and…
Brian Howe / June 9, 2017

Review: Halsey’s hopeless fountain kingdom Is Not Entirely Hopeless

Halsey is a name-brand pop star without a hit single to call her own. Though she's become omnipresent on red carpets and awards show stages,…
Jordan Sargent / June 7, 2017

Review: Amber Coffman Radiates Sunny Confidence on Her Debut Solo Album City of No Reply

It’s not like Amber Coffman set out to write a revenge album. City of No Reply, the debut solo album from the former Dirty Projectors…
Anna Gaca / June 6, 2017

Review: Chastity Belt Enter Adulthood on the Invigorating I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

Chastity Belt are known for songs like "IDC" and "Pussy Weed Beer"; through two records of youthful, girlcore angst, they've proved nowhere near as wholesome or…
Geena Kloeppel / June 2, 2017
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