Reviews - Page 19

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

Review: HOLYCHILD Are Insolent With a Purpose on Feisty Debut, ‘The Shape of Brat Pop to Come’

Vanity capitalization is, in almost every instance, annoying. Demands that your name must have anything but a normal array of upper and lower case letters…
James Grebey / June 5, 2015

Review: Florence + the Machine Go Big, Then Go Home on ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

There's something very unusual about "Ship to Wreck," the towering first track on Florence + The Machine's third LP, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful: It…
Andrew Unterberger / June 4, 2015

Review: Major Lazer Sputter Out on ‘Peace Is the Mission’

You likely aren't approaching a Major Lazer record looking for substance — the experience is about shirtless electronic music by way of the islands — but…
Brennan Carley / June 4, 2015

Review: Girlpool Find Indie-Pop Neverland on ‘Before the World Was Big’

Much like a certain overwrought island drama, the dramatic tension of Girlpool's debut LP Before the World Was Big comes about because its main characters…
Colin Joyce / June 3, 2015

Review: Jamie xx Is Singular and Sublime on Debut Solo LP, ‘In Colour’

Jamie xx has made no secret of his influences. First there was the xx beatmaker’s solo introduction to the world as Gil Scott-Heron’s chosen remixer…
Harley Brown / June 2, 2015

Review: The Social Experiment Bury Their Lead on the Disarmingly Joyous ‘Surf’

He tried to tell us, but we wouldn't listen. Despite his repeated insistence to the contrary, many fans of Chance the Rapper's first two mixtapes…
Andrew Unterberger / June 1, 2015

Review: Jason Derulo Is Better Than ‘Bad,’ He’s Good on ‘Everything Is 4′

For a man who’s best-known for singing his name enough times to fill an hour, Jason Desrouleaux’s music really ascended when he decided it needed…
Dan Weiss / June 1, 2015

Review: A$AP Rocky Stays Too High to Die on ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’

There are a whole lotta cooks in A$AP Rocky’s kitchen: five executive producers (including himself), plus a couple handfuls of other producers. So the fact…
Rebecca Haithcoat / May 29, 2015
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