Reviews

Review: J. Cole Goes DIY on the Reflective ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

"No singles." So decreed J. Cole in mid-November, when word first came of his December surprise. And detractors might nod to themselves, "Mission accomplished." Zero…
By: Jason Gubbels / December 9, 2014

Review: Ghostface Killah’s ’36 Seasons’ Is Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

About halfway through 36 Seasons, Ghostface Killah gets his face burned off in a crack lab explosion ("Threw him twenty feet in the air," associate…
By: Theon Weber / December 8, 2014

Review: Wu-Tang Clan Stumble Through Middle Age on ‘A Better Tomorrow’

It's tempting to treat what is being rumored to be the final Wu-Tang Clan album with an unnecessary amount of reverence. On "Felt," Masta Killa…
By: Martin Douglas / December 2, 2014

Review: Mary J. Blige’s Organic, Heartfelt ‘London Sessions’

Over the past decade, Mary J. Blige has proven her ability to cloak herself in the sounds of the moment, which is why it's hard…
By: Brennan Carley / December 1, 2014

Review: The Velvet Underground’s Self-Titled ‘Super Deluxe Edition’ Is a Treasure

Devoted legions of Velvet Underground fans have probably heard some or most of what's found on the 45th-anniversary reissue of the band's self-titled 1969 album.
By: Dan Reilly / November 25, 2014

Review: One Direction Hide in Plain Sight From Boy-Band History With ‘Four’

Four might seem like a boring title, if not an outright cliché at this point, for a new One Direction album. In fact,…
By: Andrew Unterberger / November 20, 2014

Review: TV on the Radio Make Like Happy Idiots on the Breezy ‘Seeds’

From here, it looks like TV on the Radio's career pivoted the moment Kyp Malone growled, "Fuck your war / Because I'm fat and i…
By: Theon Weber / November 19, 2014

Review: Ariel Pink Makes Another Wondrous Mess With ‘pom pom’

As Ariel Pink has moved on from no-fi outsider artist to outspoken indie-pop A-lister, his public appearances have tended to skew a little weird. Not…
By: Colin Joyce / November 18, 2014

Review: Andy Stott’s Beautiful and Brutal Electronic Epic, ‘Faith in Strangers’

Manchester-based electronic producer Andy Stott saw his mainstream exposure (by jagged, ambient techno standards) double with 2012's Luxury Problems, his first album released since he gave…
By: Andrew Unterberger / November 17, 2014

Review: Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ Is the Missing Link Between Dio And Big Star

These are weird times for alt-rock lifers. During a recent week-long residency on Late Show with David Letterman, the Foo Fighters hauled Zac Brown onstage…
By: Jason Gubbels / November 11, 2014
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