reviews

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

Review: High on Fire Refine the Stoner-Metal Blueprint on ‘Luminiferous’

After six albums and 17 years of existence, High on Fire have made their blueprint transparent. The Oakland trio starts its construction on the firm…
Colin Joyce / June 15, 2015

SPIN K-Pop Report: Ga-In Subverts Adam & Eve, Lim Kim Pops Smoky Bubblegum

Way back in 1992, a dropout metalhead by the name of Seo Taiji released the first K-pop song: "Nan Arayo." It was an ambitious mess…
Jakob Dorof / June 11, 2015

Review: Jenny Hval Fingers the Intersection of Capitalism and Sexuality on ‘Apocalypse, girl’

"Intimacy is beyond rules — that is the very nature of it. If it’s pretty, maybe you’re not close enough." So begins Norwegian…
Harley Brown / June 10, 2015

Review: Even Muse’s Idea of ‘Back to Basics’ Is Complicated on ‘Drones’

Sometime after Muse released The 2nd Law — their nose-thumbing 2012 collection of dubstep dalliances, chopped vocal debris, and pure hubris — singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy…
Colin Joyce / June 9, 2015

Review: Tove Styrke Rises as a Feminist Pop Queen on ‘Kiddo’

In 2009, Tove Styrke finished third on Swedish Idol and quickly delivered a self-titled album full of the then-untapped promise of mechanized Scandinavian pop. Singles like "Call…
Brennan Carley / June 8, 2015

Review: Sun Kil Moon Continues to Sugarcoat Absolutely Nothing on ‘Universal Themes’

At first pass, Universal Themes feels like a winking gag of a title for a new Sun Kil Moon album. Since 2003’s Ghosts of the…
Craig Jenkins / June 5, 2015

Review: HOLYCHILD Are Insolent With a Purpose on Feisty Debut, ‘The Shape of Brat Pop to Come’

Vanity capitalization is, in almost every instance, annoying. Demands that your name must have anything but a normal array of upper and lower case letters…
James Grebey / June 5, 2015

Review: Florence + the Machine Go Big, Then Go Home on ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

There's something very unusual about "Ship to Wreck," the towering first track on Florence + The Machine's third LP, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful: It…
Andrew Unterberger / June 4, 2015

Review: Major Lazer Sputter Out on ‘Peace Is the Mission’

You likely aren't approaching a Major Lazer record looking for substance — the experience is about shirtless electronic music by way of the islands — but…
Brennan Carley / June 4, 2015

Review: Girlpool Find Indie-Pop Neverland on ‘Before the World Was Big’

Much like a certain overwrought island drama, the dramatic tension of Girlpool's debut LP Before the World Was Big comes about because its main characters…
Colin Joyce / June 3, 2015

Review: Jamie xx Is Singular and Sublime on Debut Solo LP, ‘In Colour’

Jamie xx has made no secret of his influences. First there was the xx beatmaker’s solo introduction to the world as Gil Scott-Heron’s chosen remixer…
Harley Brown / June 2, 2015

Review: The Social Experiment Bury Their Lead on the Disarmingly Joyous ‘Surf’

He tried to tell us, but we wouldn't listen. Despite his repeated insistence to the contrary, many fans of Chance the Rapper's first two mixtapes…
Andrew Unterberger / June 1, 2015

Review: Jason Derulo Is Better Than ‘Bad,’ He’s Good on ‘Everything Is 4′

For a man who’s best-known for singing his name enough times to fill an hour, Jason Desrouleaux’s music really ascended when he decided it needed…
Dan Weiss / June 1, 2015

Review: A$AP Rocky Stays Too High to Die on ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

There are a whole lotta cooks in A$AP Rocky’s kitchen: five executive producers (including himself), plus a couple handfuls of other producers. So the fact…
Rebecca Haithcoat / May 29, 2015

SPIN Rap Report: Future Raps Way Past Pluto and Father Revives Snap

Lil Wayne's in a custody battle with Birdman over his soul, Jay Z's bricking with Tidal instead of rapping about pushing bricks, Kanye's taken the…
Drew Millard / May 29, 2015

Review: Mysterioso DIY Rapper Ka Becomes Dr. Yen Lo on ‘Days With Dr. Yen Lo’

Brownsville MC Ka is a man among Shmoney-dancing boys, but by historical accident, he’s never gotten to enjoy dignitary status. Instead, the rapper (and senior…
M.T. Richards / May 28, 2015

Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Welcomes the Private Into Public on the Kaleidoscopic ‘Multi-Love’

Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar "Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty" fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing…
Harley Brown / May 27, 2015

The Top Ten Moments at Movement Electronic Music Festival

There’s a rumor that Detroit’s Hart Plaza, which annually hosts hundreds of thousands of beats and bodies for the city’s long-running Movement Electronic Music Festival, aligns…
Harley Brown / May 27, 2015

Review: Faith No More Leave Us Asking ‘What Is It?’ on ‘Sol Invictus’

Mike Patton retains his cult for making a 25-year career of Doing Whatever He Wants, less in the Tom Waits model than a more slovenly…
Dan Weiss / May 21, 2015
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