Reviews

Review: A Place to Bury Strangers Are Happy to Hurt You on ‘Transfixiation’

Let's be clear: Oliver Ackermann is a happy guy. The seller of custom-crafted effects pedals to the likes of U2, TV on the Radio, and…
By: Dan Weiss / February 18, 2015

Review: All Work and No Play for Drake on ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’

A million vines, Twitter hashtags, and radio snarl-alongs later, it's worth looking back and remembering just what a strange song Drake's "Worst Behavior" was. The…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 17, 2015

SPIN Metal Report: The Body and Thou Team Up Viciously, Black Cilice Ooze to the Forefront

Last year was a strong one for metal — extreme and otherwise — but the world keeps turning, bands keep writing, and the rent i…
By: Kim Kelly / February 11, 2015

Review: Father John Misty’s Breathtaking ‘I Love You, Honeybear’

Time has made Josh Tillman bolder, and the older he's gotten, the more introspective and baffling his songs have become. When he debuted the piano…
By: Brennan Carley / February 9, 2015

Review: Kid Ink’s ‘Full Speed’ Lacks Four-Wheel Drive

Los Angeles' Kid Ink has blossomed into a poster boy for the classless rapper. The tatted-up lothario found his calling card in cahoots with Chri…
By: Philip Mlynar / February 5, 2015

Review: Bob Dylan Teaches Sinatra to Sing on the Rustling ‘Shadows in the Night’

"I left all my dreams and hopes," Bob Dylan, longing to be a carol singer, once sang in his ravaged cadence, "buried under tobacco leaves."…
By: Theon Weber / February 5, 2015

Review: Fifth Harmony Harness Pop’s Gooey, Feel-Good Core on ‘Reflection’

Singing competitions don't yield hits. Their success stories are anomalies: Kelly Clarkson hit it big because she was the first-ever American Idol winner, and One Direction had…
By: Brennan Carley / February 3, 2015

Review: Aphex Twin Takes Us to His Toy Factory on ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2′ EP

Richard David James really has no business being considered a perfectionist, nor should anyone who releases doodles on EPs under a pen name, $562-list box…
By: Dan Weiss / February 3, 2015

Review: All We Are’s Self-Titled, Domestic Disco

The press material for All We Are's self-titled debut makes a big deal of detailing where the album was recorded, chronicling the beginning sessions i…
By: Andrew Unterberger / February 2, 2015

Review: Monster Rally and Jay Stone’s Hip-Hop Vacation, ‘Foreign Pedestrians’

The pairing of producer Monster Rally (real name: Ted Feighan) and rapper Jay Stone is the kind of musical kismet that's much rarer than you'd…
By: Andrew Unterberger / January 26, 2015
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