Reviews

Review: Young Thug Interrupts His MVP Status With a Bunt on ‘Barter 6′

This is the year of the fauxtape. This trend means that once former SPIN Rappers of the Year like Danny Brown (XXX) and Chance the…
By: Dan Weiss / April 21, 2015

Review: Passion Pit Celebrate Hard-Won Happiness on the Joyful ‘Kindred’

On a casual listen, pretty much everything Passion Pit puts out sounds joyfully, euphorically saccharine — especially when the glittery vocals are in such a high…
By: James Grebey / April 21, 2015

Review: Girl Band Blend Disco and Noise-Rock Into Sonic Napalm on ‘The Early Years’

Ask John Lydon: Anger is an energy, but disco is a weapon. Like so many other first-wave punks and post-punks — Wire, Joy Division, the…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 20, 2015

SPIN Pop Report: Seinabo Sey Electrifies R&B, Years & Years Do Haze-Pop Right

Though the sounds of Top 40 remain largely stagnant this year, there have been several mold-breaking exceptions in Q1, eschewing the typical pop format for…
By: Brennan Carley / April 16, 2015

Review: Tyler, the Creator, Working Hard and Hardly Working on ‘Cherry Bomb’

"I don't like to follow the rules / And that's just who I am," Tyler Okonma plaintively states on "DEATHCAMP," the opener to his fourth…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 16, 2015

Review: Dwight Yoakam’s Latter-Day Winning Streak Continues on ‘Second Hand Heart’

Artists dependent on tradition as muse and subject gamble on fate. Eventually the marketplace will deal — so they think. Well, Dwight Yoakam has wo…
By: Alfred Soto / April 13, 2015

Review: Young Fathers Shake a Leg, Point Fingers on ‘White Men Are Black Men Too’

Boy, is that the album title of the year. Not just for of its popping-off-the-page provocation, the way it grabs you and makes you laugh…
By: Andrew Unterberger / April 10, 2015

Review: The Mountain Goats Remain Undefeated on the Bloody ‘Beat the Champ’

The question isn't why John Darnielle made an album about pro wrestling but why he didn't do it sooner. With a catalog that eulogizes murdered…
By: Dan Weiss / April 9, 2015

Review: iLoveMakonnen Unleashes the Real Pretty-Boy Swag on ‘Drink More Water 5′

Makonnen Sheran is as close as it gets to a left-field success story in 2015 that doesn't involve a viral video or a reality show.
By: Dan Weiss / April 8, 2015

Review: Waxahatchee Brings the Pain (And ’90s Alt-Rock) on ‘Ivy Tripp’

Katie Crutchfield's career arc with her solo project, Waxahatchee, is predicated on incremental growth: records released by progressively larger labels, music recorded in increasingly higher…
By: Annie Zaleski / April 7, 2015
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