Reviews

Review: The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Echoes’ Are a Little Too Familiar

In a recent interview with the Guardian, the Chemical Brothers’ Ed Simons noted that his work with partner Tom Rowlands has lasted “longer than quite…
By: Shawn Reynaldo / July 17, 2015

Review: Jason Isbell Sees a Darkness, Embraces Light on ‘Something More Than Free’

At some point after the storm, after days, weeks, or years of tumult and uncertainty, the clouds part. The sun shines. Everything feels right, however…
By: Colin Joyce / July 17, 2015

Review: Years & Years Sanctify Body and Blood on ‘Communion’

Years & Years' London-based frontman Olly Alexander spent his adolescent years as an actor, but his celestial synth-pop band's debut full-length, Communion, suggests an occupation far…
By: Colin Joyce / July 15, 2015

Review: Ghostface Killah Surpasses Lowered Standards on ‘Twelve Reasons to Die II’

If Ghostface isn't the greatest rapper of all time — and he might be — he's at least the most detailed: Fishscale’s “Shakey Dog” cycles through most…
By: Dan Weiss / July 14, 2015

Review: Tame Impala Embark on a Flawless Interstellar Journey With ‘Currents’

Toward the end of Currents, Australian psych-rockonauts Tame Impala's impeccable third studio LP, Kevin Parker tells us how he really feels. "The desire to know what'…
By: Harley Brown / July 13, 2015

Review: Veruca Salt Erupt Anew on ‘Ghost Notes’

A ghost note only sort of gets played. Instead of a clear bell-like emission or shimmering glissando, the beat is choked out to the point…
By: Colin Joyce / July 9, 2015

SPIN Overlooked Albums Report: Hop Along Gives Us Palpitations, Mount Eerie Elevates the Mundane

We devour music at such a feverish pace that, more and more, great collections of songs fall through the cracks. In the case of the past…
By: Dan Weiss / July 8, 2015

Review: Lil Wayne Longs for True Independence on ‘Free Weezy Album’

Cash Money is an army — but Baby and Slim's New Orleans venture has always been afflicted by disgruntled soldiers, going back to early-‘90s act…
By: Phillip Mlynar / July 8, 2015

Review: Wavves x Cloud Nothings Enjoy Group Therapy on ‘No Life for Me’

On the surface, the quasi-surprise teaming of Cloud Nothings and Wavves seems like the indie-punk version of the classic Loner Weirdo and Crowd-Pleasing Hitmaker archetype…
By: Andrew Unterberger / July 6, 2015

Review: Matrixxman Proves Technology Is Human After All on ‘Homesick’

In 1978, Kraftwerk released The Man-Machine, an album that openly explored the intersection of humanity and technology. Nearly 40 years later, that examination is still…
By: Shawn Reynaldo / July 6, 2015
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