Reviews - Page 17

Review: Panda Bear Has Already Solved ‘Crosswords’ Before New EP

At this point, the number of songs surrounding Panda Bear's most recent album, this year's Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, is more than the album's actual track list. Before the Animal…
Harley Brown / August 21, 2015

Review: Carly Rae Jepsen Shrugs Off the Weight of the World on ‘E•MO•TION’

What the f—k does Justin Bieber’s manager know about critical acclaim? "This time we wanted to stop worrying about singles and focus on having a…
Dan Weiss / August 20, 2015

Review: Myrkur Is a Light in Black Metal’s Darkness on ‘M’

Danish black metal composer Amalie Bruun's debut full-length as Myrkur, M, was recorded, in part, in a Norwegian mausoleum. She described the space as vast,…
Colin Joyce / August 20, 2015

Review: Deradoorian’s ‘The Expanding Flower Planet’ Needs Weeding

Anyone directly associated with art-rock monarchs Dirty Projectors can safely embark on a solo career with respectable name recognition (recall: prolific upright bassist Nat Baldwin, and, more recently,…
Rachel Brodsky / August 19, 2015

Review: Maddie & Tae Tell the Bros to Shut Up and Fish on ‘Start Here’

Part protest, and part indulgence in what they're protesting, Maddie & Tae's summer 2014 debut provocation, "Girl in a Country Song," gently poked fun at…
Jonathan Bernstein / August 18, 2015

Review: Royal Headache Beat a Sophomore Hangover on ‘High’

A couple of minutes into their sophomore LP High, Australian pub-punks Royal Headache stumble upon an important lesson for a young band: Rock'n'roll is a…
Colin Joyce / August 18, 2015

Review: FKA twigs Takes No Prisoners on the New ‘M3LL155X’ EP

Less than a year ago, Tahliah Barnett transformed the set of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon into her own personal wind tunnel, ducking and weaving through…
Harley Brown / August 17, 2015

Review: Mick Jenkins Obeys His Thirst on the H2O-Obsessed ‘Wave(s)’

Chicago-via-Huntsville rapper Mick Jenkins was a conspicuously missing name from the Social Experiment’s Surf this year, considering the breezy float of traditional easy-listening instruments that…
Dan Weiss / August 17, 2015

SPIN World Report: Mbongwana Star’s Congolese Street Music, Fabiano Do Nascimento’s Afro-Brazilian Folk Shredding

The term "world music," ick — a marketer’s desperate pitch more than tangible genre, suggesting either Yankee provincialism (there’s Americana, British rock, and, um, The World) or…
Jason Gubbels / August 14, 2015

Review: Luke Bryan Leaves Spring Break Behind as He Pushes 40 on ‘Kill the Lights’

You can leave your headlamps on for only so long. Eventually, the battery’s gonna die. Judging by the title of Luke Bryan’s fifth record, Kill…
Brad Shoup / August 14, 2015

Review: Lil B and Chance the Rapper Do What They Want Any Old Time on ‘Free’

The main thing about Free, Chance the Rapper’s surprise collaboration with the B*s*d G*d himself, Lil B, is it’s named after — and quietly a…
Dan Weiss / August 14, 2015

Review: Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique Keep the Floor Full But Little Else on ‘Love Is Free’

Know how they say to never go food shopping when you’re hungry? Well, never overhype everything a great artist releases while you’re waiting on a…
Dan Weiss / August 13, 2015

Review: Dr. Dre Returns After 16 Years to Deliver His Surprise Retirement Record ‘Compton’

Detox has arrived. Except it’s not Detox, it’s Compton. And fortunately, Compton is not hip-hop’s Chinese Democracy — a mythical, long-awaited record released to shrugs…
Matthew Ramirez / August 11, 2015

Review: Palehound Ties Indie Rock in Knots on ‘Dry Food’

The way some people have a way with words, Palehound singer/songwriter Ellen Kempner has a way with a guitar: Looped lines tumble out in the…
Colin Joyce / August 10, 2015

Review: Krallice Return to Earth on Careening ‘Ygg Huur’

After a half-decade dwelling in thunderclouds, Krallice seem to have finally descended back to the ground. Regal air and swooning instrumentals have been the default…
Colin Joyce / August 7, 2015

Review: Tink Brings an Album to a Mixtape Fight on ‘Winter’s Diary 3′

Winter’s Diary 3 is Tink’s sixth mixtape, but, much like the previous installments in the Winter’s Diary series, it feels more like a finished album…
Jes Skolnik / August 7, 2015

Review: Chelsea Wolfe Plumbs New Depths on ‘Abyss’

Between references to the River Styx, lamentations of psychic emptiness, and the terrors of our own uncontrollable emotions, Chelsea Wolfe finds calm on "Crazy Love,"
Harley Brown / August 5, 2015

Review: Omar Souleyman Slows the Party to a Crawl on ‘Bahdeni Nami’

First thing you notice about Omar Souleyman’s second studio album (and kajillionth when you count his live catalog) is the tempo. Bahdeni Nami’s opening "Mawal…
Dan Weiss / August 4, 2015

Review: Mac DeMarco Cleans Up His Act on ‘Another One’

Indie rock's favorite merry prankster — the Bizkit-covering, self-violating, gap-toothed, boy-king Mac DeMarco — has another collection of chewy guitar-pop treats to share.
Colin Joyce / August 3, 2015

Review: Titus Andronicus Make the Excessive Impressive on ‘The Most Lamentable Tragedy’

Rock operas are an inherently dicey proposition. Have the right themes, tools, and ability, and you could wind up with a masterpiece that people will…
Ryan Leas / July 30, 2015
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