Reviews - Page 11

Review: Anderson .Paak More Than Makes Up for Lost Time on ‘Malibu’

Time has always been of the essence for Brandon Paak Anderson, now just Anderson .Paak, a singer-rapper from Oxnard, California who learned to make the…
Sheldon Pearce / January 15, 2016

Review: 18-Year-Old Kodak Black Has Already Faced Jail’s Horrors on ‘Institution’

Where’s the line between telling a story and glorifying it? That's the question plaguing violent music made by young artists, particularly rappers who specialize in…
Israel Daramola / January 12, 2016

Review: Brothers Osborne Take Country to the ‘Pawn Shop,’ Leave With Something New

More than a quarter-century after Uncle Tupelo released the genre-defining No Depression, does the term "alt-country" still mean anything? If Brothers Osborne are to be…
Andrew Unterberger / January 11, 2016

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman Eat a Whole Food Web

We're inundated with so much music now that, more and more, great collections of songs go unnoticed — especially when music critics go into hyperdrive during…
SPIN Staff / January 8, 2016

Review: Hinds Beat Your Brains By the Beachside on ‘Leave Me Alone’

It's hard not to like Hinds. The Madrid-based ascendants from Spain's robust DIY rock scene don't even bother with pleasantries before offering to take you dancing…
Harley Brown / January 7, 2016

Review: David Bowie Remains the Original Starman on ‘★’

Finally, David Bowie’s recorded an album that comports with my idea of a David Bowie album in 2016: art-damaged ballads on which several excellent musicians…
Alfred Soto / January 6, 2016

Review: Pusha T Rocks Out With His Rocks Out on ‘King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude’

What’s so markedly scary about Pusha T is that he desires to be the villain. It’s not about machismo (he rarely speaks of women thus degrading…
Dan Weiss / December 18, 2015

Review: Baroness Rebound From Tragedy With a ‘Purple’ Haze

You’d name your albums after colors too, if you could paint like John Baizley, the RISD dropout who fronts Savannah psych-metal heroes Baroness and designs…
Dan Weiss / December 14, 2015

Review: R. Kelly Crowns Himself in More Than One Way on ‘The Buffet’

The Buffet, R. Kelly’s 13th album, is like the 12 before it: hard to enjoy objectively. Per usual, we’re confronted with the prospect of an allegedly…
Dan Weiss / December 10, 2015

Review: Archy Marshall’s Alter Egos Are Moody and Mature on ‘A New Place 2 Drown’

Archy Marshall has been gradually creaking the door open, letting the light in on his gloaming guttersnipe blues, ever since uploading U.F.O.W.A.V.E. — his 2010 collection of minimally…
Harley Brown / December 9, 2015

Review: Sunn O))) Return to Their Primordial Origins on ‘Kannon’

From the Seattle birth of drone-metal duo Sunn O))), they've always imbued their creaking compositions with a sense of reverent, primordial purpose — as…
Colin Joyce / December 7, 2015

Review: Lizzo Is Primed for WRRRLD Domination on ‘Big GRRRL Small World’

Lizzo’s hardly the first artist whose personality is so big you can hear her struggling to corral it onto one album, much less one song.
Dan Weiss / December 7, 2015

Review: Coldplay Are All Too Eager to Exit Gracefully With ‘A Head Full of Dreams’

If this is indeed Coldplay's final album, as frontman Chris Martin has implied in interviews, then no band this massive — like, Super Bowl massive…
Andrew Unterberger / December 4, 2015

Review: Lil BUB’s Comeback Album ‘Science & Magic’ May Be Her Storied Career’s Best

Perma-kitten Lil BUB's outer-space origins from the planet Bub Ub Bub make her tinier and tongue-ier than Earth felines, but her atypical bone formation and…
Rachel Brodsky / December 3, 2015

Review: Foo Fighters’ Best Record in Years Is the Tragedy-Stricken ‘Saint Cecilia’ EP

In the nearly two decades since The Colour and the Shape put him on a whole new map, Dave Grohl’s highest profile is not as…
Brad Shoup / December 2, 2015

Review: Parquet Courts Art for Their Suffering on ‘Monastic Living’ EP

Goodbye cruel world, Parquet Courts are off to join the circus. You'd think that "Stoned and Starving" was some "Creep"-like smash of crossover ubiquity (or…
Andrew Unterberger / December 1, 2015

Review: Erykah Badu Continues R&B’s Longtime Game of Telephone on ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’

In this pop moment of 17-38 squads, Gap Band pastiches, and Queen Adele looming on her throne, how bizarre that 2015’s runaway cultural convergence should…
Jason Gubbels / December 1, 2015

Review: Junglepussy Teaches Us How to Get ‘Pregnant With Success’ in Ten Easy Steps

There’s a therapeutic sensation that washes over you as Junglepussy raps about eating fruits and vegetables, getting her scalp greased, and ditching worthless men with…
Israel Daramola / November 24, 2015

Review: SOPHIE Rebuilds Pop in His Own Mysterious Image on ‘PRODUCT’

Samuel Long earns the rarest of pop boasts: He doesn’t sound like anyone else. This isn’t lost on the once-anonymous, lowercase male who’s adopted the…
Dan Weiss / November 23, 2015

Review: Age Ain’t Nothing But a Bummer for Adele on ’25’

In her first proper interview in over four years, the now 27-year-old Adele Adkins recently told a journalist from i-D, "Life is so much easier…
T. Cole Rachel / November 23, 2015
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