Reviews - Page 19

Review: Refused Are F**king Undead on ‘Freedom’

So, Refused are f—king alive. But nearly two decades after their implosion-cum-self-righteous suicide, who would've thought that their vision of punk's future would sorta sound like…
Colin Joyce / July 1, 2015

Review: Miguel’s ‘WILDHEART’ Is a Grower, Not a Shower

Ridiculous as it seems to say, f—king has gotten a bad name in R&B lately. As SPIN's Chris Martins recently alluded to, for so many…
Andrew Unterberger / June 30, 2015

Review: Vince Staples’ ‘Summertime ’06’ Is No Picnic, And Gloriously So

Editor's note: It has been brought to SPIN's attention that this review, published last week, includes factual inaccuracies about Staples (such as an implication about…
M.T. Richards / June 29, 2015

Review: Thundercat’s Fatalist Soul Enters the Void on ‘The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam’

Word to the Weeknd, Brainfeeder's resident bass-playing psychonaut Thundercat is back and he can't feel his face either. He says as much from the very…
Colin Joyce / June 26, 2015

Review: After 13 Years, Desaparecidos Return More Pi$$ed Than Ever on ‘Payola’

There’s a phobia among a certain kind of music fan that protest songs don’t date well, particularly the more specific they get. F—k that. Conor…
Dan Weiss / June 26, 2015

Review: Four Tet Lets the Light Win on the Brightly Raga-Tinged ‘Morning/Evening’

Kieran Hebden is who his 26-year-old compadre Jamie Smith wants to be someday, possibly today. Few electronic musicians get to enter their second decade as…
Dan Weiss / June 25, 2015

Review: Leon Bridges Teaches Us How to Twist Again on ‘Coming Home’

"Twistin’ time was here once," proclaimed an Onion writer a little over a year ago, referencing the world's need for a new song about the signature dance move…
Harley Brown / June 24, 2015

Review: Bully Stone and Dethrone the ’90s Indie Set on ‘Feels Like’

Birthed from the grimy Nashville scene that birthed similar retro-gazing scuzz-pop acts Diarrhea Planet and Jeff the Brotherhood, Alicia Bognanno was a former intern at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio…
Colin Joyce / June 23, 2015

Review: Kacey Musgraves Outgrows the Trailer Park on ‘Pageant Material’

The real world is hard, and Kacey Musgraves knows it. She knew it on her shit-talking debut, Same Trailer, Different Park, with such auspicious introductions as "Merry Go…
Brennan Carley / June 22, 2015

Review: Ryn Weaver Keeps It Trill on ‘The Fool’

Let’s talk about trilling. The rapid, stuttering vibration in what would otherwise be a long, smooth note can, when used in a non-gimmicky fashion, give…
James Grebey / June 19, 2015

Review: Giorgio Moroder Invites Too Many Dancers to the Disco on ‘Deja Vu’

Disco's era might have gone the way of pet rocks, skinny John Travolta, and widespread turntable ownership, but the genre itself continues to cast its glimmer all…
Rachel Brodsky / June 18, 2015

Review: Nate Ruess Only Gets Much Worse on ‘Grand Romantic’

If showbiz kids give a f—k about anything else, it’s their performances, and this nephew of a Broadway hoofer is a thick ham on rye…
Alfred Soto / June 17, 2015

Review: Hudson Mohawke Is a Hard-Hitting Chameleon on ‘Lantern’

"I don't know if you've heard my older material, but it's quite different," Hudson Mohawke said in an interview last year. For much of his…
Harley Brown / June 16, 2015

Review: Neil Young Can’t Make His Passion Signify on ‘The Monsanto Years’

Neil Young does whatever the hell he wants. There's a precedent for this in his long, prolific career — now approaching forty solo albums —…
Ryan Leas / June 16, 2015

Review: High on Fire Refine the Stoner-Metal Blueprint on ‘Luminiferous’

After six albums and 17 years of existence, High on Fire have made their blueprint transparent. The Oakland trio starts its construction on the firm…
Colin Joyce / June 15, 2015

SPIN K-Pop Report: Ga-In Subverts Adam & Eve, Lim Kim Pops Smoky Bubblegum

Way back in 1992, a dropout metalhead by the name of Seo Taiji released the first K-pop song: "Nan Arayo." It was an ambitious mess…
Jakob Dorof / June 11, 2015

Review: Jenny Hval Fingers the Intersection of Capitalism and Sexuality on ‘Apocalypse, girl’

"Intimacy is beyond rules — that is the very nature of it. If it’s pretty, maybe you’re not close enough." So begins Norwegian…
Harley Brown / June 10, 2015

Review: Even Muse’s Idea of ‘Back to Basics’ Is Complicated on ‘Drones’

Sometime after Muse released The 2nd Law — their nose-thumbing 2012 collection of dubstep dalliances, chopped vocal debris, and pure hubris — singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy…
Colin Joyce / June 9, 2015

Review: Tove Styrke Rises as a Feminist Pop Queen on ‘Kiddo’

In 2009, Tove Styrke finished third on Swedish Idol and quickly delivered a self-titled album full of the then-untapped promise of mechanized Scandinavian pop. Singles like "Call…
Brennan Carley / June 8, 2015

Review: Sun Kil Moon Continues to Sugarcoat Absolutely Nothing on ‘Universal Themes’

At first pass, Universal Themes feels like a winking gag of a title for a new Sun Kil Moon album. Since 2003’s Ghosts of the…
Craig Jenkins / June 5, 2015
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