Reviews

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

Review: DJ Rashad and RP Boo Make Footwork Feel Again on ‘6613,’ ‘Fingers, Bank Pads, & Shoe Prints’

Footwork was never meant to be funeral music. Unwitting scene grandfather RP Boo has said that his earliest ghetto-house derived tracks were explicitly constructed so…
By: Colin Joyce / July 3, 2015

SPIN Country Report: Willie and Merle Light Up, Rhiannon Giddens Revives Revivals

The first half of 2015 was a slightly strange moment for country, especially chart country, because it mostly made for some serious waiting. Though there…
By: Anthony Easton / July 1, 2015

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…
By: Colin Joyce / July 1, 2015
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