Reviews

Review: Panda Bear Explores the Rabbit Hole on ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’

Once, an Animal Collective show had no discernable order. Bucking the traditional rise/dip/rise/peak/crescendo continuum that a conventional live performance takes, the group — Avey Tare,…
By: Rachel Brodsky / January 12, 2015

Review: Rae Sremmurd Flex With Promise and Big-Name Guests on ‘SremmLife’

One of 2014's greatest viral moments came during Solange's wedding afterparty, when the singer and her young son Julez performed a perfectly choreographed routine to…
By: Brennan Carley / January 7, 2015

Review: Death Grips Rise From the Dead With the Explosive ‘Fashion Week’

It's hard out here for a troll. Are we to believe that maybe once people were used to Death Grips' musical and extracurricular antics both…
By: Dan Weiss / January 6, 2015

Review: D’Angelo Brings Organic Funk Back to Life on the Epochal ‘Black Messiah’

When D'Angelo sings, "All we wanted was a chance to talk / 'Stead we only got outlined in chalk" on his long-awaited third album, we…
By: Chris Martins / December 17, 2014

Review: Nicki Minaj Gets Uncomfortably Personal on ‘The Pinkprint’

Earlier this fall, Nicki Minaj announced that she'd need to push back the release date of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, by two weeks. Though…
By: Brennan Carley / December 16, 2014

Review: Charli XCX Punks Us All With ‘Sucker’

This year was a good one to be Charli XCX, but what no one ever mentions is that the 22-year-old — born Charlotte Aitchison —…
By: Dan Weiss / December 15, 2014

Review: Smashing Pumpkins’ Satisfyingly Unambitious ‘Monuments to an Elegy’

The ninth Smashing Pumpkins album, the bloatedly titled Monuments to an Elegy, is intended as the second-to-last installment in the band's half-decade-spanning song cycle, Teargarden By…
By: Andrew Unterberger / December 10, 2014

Review: J. Cole Goes DIY on the Reflective ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

"No singles." So decreed J. Cole in mid-November, when word first came of his December surprise. And detractors might nod to themselves, "Mission accomplished." Zero…
By: Jason Gubbels / December 9, 2014

Review: Ghostface Killah’s ’36 Seasons’ Is Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

About halfway through 36 Seasons, Ghostface Killah gets his face burned off in a crack lab explosion ("Threw him twenty feet in the air," associate…
By: Theon Weber / December 8, 2014

Review: Wu-Tang Clan Stumble Through Middle Age on ‘A Better Tomorrow’

It's tempting to treat what is being rumored to be the final Wu-Tang Clan album with an unnecessary amount of reverence. On "Felt," Masta Killa…
By: Martin Douglas / December 2, 2014
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