reviews

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Hop Along Gives Us Palpitations, Mount Eerie Elevates the Mundane

We devour music at such a feverish pace that, more and more, great collections of songs fall through the cracks. In the case of the past…
Dan Weiss / July 8, 2015

Review: Lil Wayne Longs for True Independence on ‘Free Weezy Album’

Cash Money is an army — but Baby and Slim's New Orleans venture has always been afflicted by disgruntled soldiers, going back to early-‘90s acts…
Phillip Mlynar / July 8, 2015

Review: Wavves x Cloud Nothings Enjoy Group Therapy on ‘No Life for Me’

On the surface, the quasi-surprise teaming of Cloud Nothings and Wavves seems like the indie-punk version of the classic Loner Weirdo and Crowd-Pleasing Hitmaker archetype…
Andrew Unterberger / July 6, 2015

Review: Matrixxman Proves Technology Is Human After All on ‘Homesick’

In 1978, Kraftwerk released The Man-Machine, an album that openly explored the intersection of humanity and technology. Nearly 40 years later, that examination is still…
Shawn Reynaldo / July 6, 2015

Review: DJ Rashad and RP Boo Make Footwork Feel Again on ‘6613,’ ‘Fingers, Bank Pads, & Shoe Prints’

Footwork was never meant to be funeral music. Unwitting scene grandfather RP Boo has said that his earliest ghetto-house derived tracks were explicitly constructed so…
Colin Joyce / July 3, 2015

SPIN Country Report: Willie and Merle Light Up, Rhiannon Giddens Revives Revivals

The first half of 2015 was a slightly strange moment for country, especially chart country, because it mostly made for some serious waiting. Though there…
Anthony Easton / July 1, 2015

Review: Refused Are F**king Undead on ‘Freedom’

So, Refused are f—king alive. But nearly two decades after their implosion-cum-self-righteous suicide, who would've thought that their vision of punk's future would sorta sound like…
Colin Joyce / July 1, 2015

Review: Miguel’s ‘WILDHEART’ Is a Grower, Not a Shower

Ridiculous as it seems to say, f—king has gotten a bad name in R&B lately. As SPIN's Chris Martins recently alluded to, for so many…
Andrew Unterberger / June 30, 2015

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

Editor's note: It has been brought to SPIN's attention that this review, published last week, includes factual inaccuracies about Staples (such as an implication about…
M.T. Richards / June 29, 2015

Review: Thundercat’s Fatalist Soul Enters the Void on ‘The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam’

Word to the Weeknd, Brainfeeder's resident bass-playing psychonaut Thundercat is back and he can't feel his face either. He says as much from the very…
Colin Joyce / June 26, 2015

Review: After 13 Years, Desaparecidos Return More Pi$$ed Than Ever on ‘Payola’

There’s a phobia among a certain kind of music fan that protest songs don’t date well, particularly the more specific they get. F—k that. Conor…
Dan Weiss / June 26, 2015

Review: Four Tet Lets the Light Win on the Brightly Raga-Tinged ‘Morning/Evening’

Kieran Hebden is who his 26-year-old compadre Jamie Smith wants to be someday, possibly today. Few electronic musicians get to enter their second decade as…
Dan Weiss / June 25, 2015

Review: Leon Bridges Teaches Us How to Twist Again on ‘Coming Home’

"Twistin’ time was here once," proclaimed an Onion writer a little over a year ago, referencing the world's need for a new song about the signature dance move…
Harley Brown / June 24, 2015

Review: Bully Stone and Dethrone the ’90s Indie Set on ‘Feels Like’

Birthed from the grimy Nashville scene that birthed similar retro-gazing scuzz-pop acts Diarrhea Planet and Jeff the Brotherhood, Alicia Bognanno was a former intern at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio…
Colin Joyce / June 23, 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…
Brennan Carley / June 22, 2015

Review: Ryn Weaver Keeps It Trill on ‘The Fool’

Let’s talk about trilling. The rapid, stuttering vibration in what would otherwise be a long, smooth note can, when used in a non-gimmicky fashion, give…
James Grebey / June 19, 2015

Review: Giorgio Moroder Invites Too Many Dancers to the Disco on ‘Deja Vu’

Disco's era might have gone the way of pet rocks, skinny John Travolta, and widespread turntable ownership, but the genre itself continues to cast its glimmer all…
Rachel Brodsky / June 18, 2015

Review: Nate Ruess Only Gets Much Worse on ‘Grand Romantic’

If showbiz kids give a f—k about anything else, it’s their performances, and this nephew of a Broadway hoofer is a thick ham on rye…
Alfred Soto / June 17, 2015

Review: Hudson Mohawke Is a Hard-Hitting Chameleon on ‘Lantern’

"I don't know if you've heard my older material, but it's quite different," Hudson Mohawke said in an interview last year. For much of his…
Harley Brown / June 16, 2015

Review: Neil Young Can’t Make His Passion Signify on ‘The Monsanto Years’

Neil Young does whatever the hell he wants. There's a precedent for this in his long, prolific career — now approaching forty solo albums —…
Ryan Leas / June 16, 2015
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