reviews

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Young Guv’s Power-Pop, Lord Huron’s Folk Revival, and More

With new albums flying at us left and right in a DIY age where anything you doodle on your laptop could become tomorrow's viral hit,…
SPIN Staff / May 7, 2015

Review: Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan Goes For a Nostalgia Trip on Solo LP ‘Non-Believers’

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Mac McCaughan would be so deft at painting a hormone-addled, John Hughes-ian portrait of teenhood; he’s essentially been soundtracking…
Rachel Brodsky / May 6, 2015

Review: Post-Hardcore Stalwarts METZ Vary Their Mutilation Technique on ‘II’

With the imposing physicality of their music’s warped hardcore handiwork, METZ to date has not been a band for whom subtlety has been a high…
Colin Joyce / May 5, 2015

Review: Best Coast Refuse to Hit Cruise Control on ‘California Nights’

Expectation is a finicky, often insurmountable burden attached to nearly every album in the Internet age. It’s impossible to avoid the entirety of a band’…
Brennan Carley / May 4, 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…
Dan Weiss / May 4, 2015

Review: Blur Cruise Comfortably Into Their Second Act with ‘The Magic Whip’

Sometime in the year 2023, Blur and Radiohead will release the exact same album. As Radiohead’s material continues to get jammier, mellower and less electronic-based,…
Andrew Unterberger / April 28, 2015

Review: Raekwon Lets Us Into the Mind of a Killer-For-Hire on ‘Fly International Luxurious Art’

Raekwon is the deadpanning, teeth-gritting Don of Staten Island, who’s long cut one of gangsta rap’s more venal figures: a vanquisher-for-hire who comports himself with…
M.T. Richards / April 28, 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…
Harley Brown / April 27, 2015

Review: With Your Help, Miami Horror Let Loose on ‘All Possible Futures’

For a band so steeped in Australian, bush-brined sugar-pop, Miami Horror show a better understanding of American Top 40 than many of our own homegrow…
Brennan Carley / April 24, 2015

Review: Speedy Ortiz Refuse to Stand in Place on the Jagged-Riffed ‘Foil Deer’

On Speedy Ortiz’s new album, Foil Deer, frontwoman Sadie Dupuis doesn’t set the world on fire — she’s the type to write characters who light a cigarette only…
Harley Brown / April 24, 2015
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