reviews

Review: Liturgy Won’t Be Your Thinkpiece Anymore on ‘The Ark Work’

The one word you can’t escape when reading about Liturgy is “polarizing.” On one side there are the experimentalists willing to embrace a metal album,…
J.J. Lang / March 27, 2015

Review: Laura Marling Reaches the Second Reel of Life’s ‘Short Movie’

It's a little stunning these days to go back to Laura Marling's first record and hear how her voice has toughened over the years. Not…
Andrew Unterberger / March 27, 2015

Review: Earl Sweatshirt Makes the Most of Self-Induced House Arrest on ‘I Don’t Like S—t, I Don’t Go Outside’

Since he returned from a Samoan boarding school in 2012 to rejoin the by-then famous Odd Future collective, Earl Sweatshirt has seemed like a reluctant…
Rebecca Haithcoat / March 26, 2015

Review: Action Bronson Painlessly Graduates From Mixtapes to Albums on ‘Mr. Wonderful’

While the serious emotional response to Kendrick Lamar’s epic To Pimp a Butterfly last week led to entire thinkpieces on its “overwhelming blackness,” this week…
Dan Weiss / March 25, 2015

Review: Chastity Belt Turn Goth Into Wry Feminism on ‘Time to Go Home’

Gather your crystals, because the sophomore album by Seattle post-punk quartet Chastity Belt fluoresces like a neon sign for a $10 palm read. Recorded i…
Bryn Lovitt / March 24, 2015

Review: Courtney Barnett’s Exhilarating ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’

Courtney Barnett’s voice is the first thing you hear on her first proper full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, character-sketching opening…
Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2015

Review: Tobias Jesso Jr. Falls Short of Nilsson and Newman on ‘Goon’

He’s been hailed as the latest link in the venerable Los Angeles-singer-songwriter chain. But L.A. chewed Tobias Jesso Jr. up. He and his band, the…
Brad Shoup / March 20, 2015

Review: Kendrick Lamar Returns With the Great American Hip-Hop Album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Azealia Banks — the immensely skilled and completely without-filter rapper who appeared in Playboy the same day that Kendrick Lamar’s long-awaited To Pimp a Butterfly appeared…
Dan Weiss / March 20, 2015

Review: Modest Mouse’s Middling Comeback, ‘Strangers to Ourselves’

Eight years and this is it? After several false starts, reports of curious collaborations with two fulcrums from all-time great bands (Big Boi! Krist Novoselic!),…
Kyle McGovern / March 19, 2015

SPIN Electronic Report: Levon Vincent Makes a Splash, DJ Sotofett Blurs Genre Lines

If the first couple of months of 2015 are any indication, this year's quality dance albums are going to make 2014's seem like a hazy,…
Steve Mizek / March 18, 2015
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