Reviews

Cass McCombs, ‘Wit’s End’ (Domino)

A loner nomad with a knack for canny poetry, soft arrangements, and crawling tempos, Cass McCombs seems like an anachronism. Wit's End is even more…
By: Chris Martins / April 26, 2011

Dennis Coffey, ‘Dennis Coffey’ (Strut)

Detroit studio guitarist Dennis Coffey stood in the shadows of Motown for decades, lending his ferocious, fuzzed-out skills to the Temptations' "Cloud Nine," Edwin Starr'…
By: SPIN Staff / April 26, 2011

An Horse, ‘Walls’ (Mom + Pop)

An Horse singer Kate Cooper is a relentless whirlwind who doesn't know when to stop - and that's a good thing. On their second album,…
By: Jon Young / April 26, 2011

The Airborne Toxic Event, ‘All at Once’ (Island Def Jam)

Hyperliterate and terminally sad, the Airborne Toxic Event's 2008 self-titled debut was a downbeat gem. Although frontman Mikel Jollet still falls on life's thorns, the…
By: Peter Gerstenzang / April 26, 2011

About Group, ‘Start and Complete’ (Domino)

Recorded in one day, the debut by Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, This Heat percussionist Charles Hayward, Spring Heel Jack's John Coxon, and U.K. jazz improviser…
By: SPIN Staff / April 26, 2011

Holy Ghost!, ‘Holy Ghost!’ (DFA)

The birth of the extended disco mix, legendary pro-ducer Tom Moulton recalled recently, came when he wondered if he could keep a song "going u…
By: Marc Hogan / April 26, 2011

Explosions in the Sky, ‘Take Care. Take Care. Take Care.’ (Temporary Residence)

It's no slight to call these Austin instrumentalists "soundtrack-y" -- they did, after all, blow up after creating incidental music for the Friday Night Light…
By: Josh Modell / April 26, 2011

Roy Orbison, ‘Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection’ (Legacy)

Rockabilly's operatic soul, the sensitive, bespectacled Orbison forged a new genre of American music during his 1960–64 Monument Records hit streak (these two CDs compile…
By: Andrew Hultkrans / April 26, 2011

Steve Earle, ‘I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive’ (New West)

Like his idol Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle has made bemused fatalism his milieu. But Earle's first original set in four years is still a…
By: David Menconi / April 26, 2011

Daedalus, ‘Bespoke’ (Ninja Tune)

This merrily eccentric Los Angeles beatmaker plays like a Victorian tinkerer, tossing every genre into the works, while a clique of fellow pop subversives sing…
By: Mosi Reeves / April 26, 2011
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