Reviews - Page 131

Rihanna, ‘Talk That Talk’ (Def Jam)

With Aubrey "Drake" Graham ushering in a new era of complicated, emotion-drenched man-swag, it's only natural for Rihanna — the woman he claims once broke…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / November 21, 2011

Review: Kate Bush, ’50 Words for Snow’

Thirty years into her career, Kate Bush's sensual world is still enrapturing disciples from Fever Ray to Florence and the Machine, but there are no…
Jessica Hopper / November 21, 2011

Mobb Deep, ‘Black Cocaine EP’ (Infamous/RED)

For their first release in five years, New York's signature superthug rap duo — Queensbridge natives Prodigy and Havoc — offer a 20-minute appetizer that's…
Mosi Reeves / November 21, 2011

Kidz in the Hall, ‘Occasion’ (Duck Down)

There's nary a song on Kidz in the Hall's fourth album that doesn't toast to over-imbibing. It's a notable change for rapper Naledge and producer…
Phillip Mlynar / November 21, 2011

Sepalcure, ‘Sepalcure’ (Hotflush)

New York duo Sepalcure prove that there's more to American dubstep than mosh pits and mash-ups. Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (Braille) draw liberally…
Philip Sherburne / November 21, 2011

James Durbin, ‘Memories of a Beautiful Disaster’ (Wind-Up)

Rockers freshly graduated from American Idol could do worse than hooking up with producer Howard Benson, as Chris Daughtry proved five years ago. Now comes…
Mikael Wood / November 21, 2011

Yelawolf, ‘Radioactive’ (Ghet-O-Vision/DGC/Shady/Interscope)

His "mullet mohawk"may not resemble close-cropped, bleached-blonde 'do of label boss Eminem, but Alabama rapper Yelawolf treads familiar territory on his Shady Records debut: a…
Phillip Mlynar / November 21, 2011

Green Day Burn Though New Songs, Drunken Misfits Covers at Austin Club Show

On Thursday night, and well into Friday morning, punk storytellers Green Day squeezed into Austin dive Red 7 (capacity: 500) for an intimate show that…
Chad Swiatecki / November 18, 2011

Cass McCombs, ‘
Humor Risk’ (Domino)

This enigmatic singer-songwriter has packed a remarkable amount of soul-crippling drama into one year. After his tenderly downcast, early 2011 effort, Wit's End, Cass McCombs…
William Goodman / November 15, 2011

Los Campesinos!, ‘Hello Sadness’ (Arts & Crafts)

Los Campesinos! can't stop adorning their odes to existential grief with snappy handclaps, but the Welsh septet are still showing signs of growth on this…
Michael Tedder / November 15, 2011

Drake, ‘Take Care’ (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic)

Perhaps "Headlines" had you thinking Take Care would be Drake's humble moment. On that relatively upbeat single, he raps, "I might be too strung out…
Brandon Soderberg / November 15, 2011

Sigur Ros, ‘Inni’ (XL)

As Iceland's premier atmospheric rockers, Sigur Rós understand delayed gratification, and Inni -- a double live album (plus live DVD) -- is a master class…
Marc Hogan / November 15, 2011

Childish Gambino, ‘Camp’ (Glass Note)

Childish Gambino's Camp is a bit of a mess. It veers wildly from poignant emotions to maudlin histrionics, often in the same song. On penultimate…
Mosi Reeves / November 15, 2011

Caveman, ‘CoCo Beware’ (Magic Man!)

For the past couple of years, led by Arcade Fire and Animal Collective, indie has experienced a return to the '60s ideal of rock-as-communal-shoutfest. But…
Eric Harvey / November 15, 2011

Can, ‘Tago Mago, 40th 
Anniversary Edition’ (Mute/Spoon)

Germany's foremost art-rockers are too often talked about as some secret key to cool, when in reality they're just a more intense Pink Floyd or…
Mike Powell / November 15, 2011
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