Review: Bob Dylan Teaches Sinatra to Sing on the Rustling ‘Shadows in the Night’

"I left all my dreams and hopes," Bob Dylan, longing to be a carol singer, once sang in his ravaged cadence, "buried under tobacco leaves."
Theon Weber / February 5, 2015

Review: Fifth Harmony Harness Pop’s Gooey, Feel-Good Core on ‘Reflection’

Singing competitions don't yield hits. Their success stories are anomalies: Kelly Clarkson hit it big because she was the first-ever American Idol winner, and One Direction had…
Brennan Carley / February 3, 2015

Review: Aphex Twin Takes Us to His Toy Factory on ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2′ EP

Richard David James really has no business being considered a perfectionist, nor should anyone who releases doodles on EPs under a pen name, $562-list box…
Dan Weiss / February 3, 2015

Review: All We Are’s Self-Titled, Domestic Disco

The press material for All We Are's self-titled debut makes a big deal of detailing where the album was recorded, chronicling the beginning sessions in…
Andrew Unterberger / February 2, 2015

Review: Monster Rally and Jay Stone’s Hip-Hop Vacation, ‘Foreign Pedestrians’

The pairing of producer Monster Rally (real name: Ted Feighan) and rapper Jay Stone is the kind of musical kismet that's much rarer than you'd…
Andrew Unterberger / January 26, 2015

Review: Bjork Breaks Our Hearts Anew on ‘Vulnicura’

We long ago decided to just let Björk be Björk. This woman has already given us "Hyperballad," and the video for "It's Oh So Quiet"
Michael Tedder / January 26, 2015

Review: Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Pale Emperor’ Needs Some New Clothes

If Marilyn Manson is indeed the Pale Emperor, what — or who, rather — constitutes his empire? Thirtysomething suburban goths who've shelved their dreams of…
James Greene Jr. / January 23, 2015

Review: Fall Out Boy Overreach on ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’

Ten years ago, Fall Out Boy released From Under the Cork Tree, their first foray into the mainstream. It was the same year fellow pop-punk…
Maria Sherman / January 22, 2015

Review: Belle and Sebastian Dream of Disco on ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’

"Nobody writes them like they used to / So it may as well be me," Stuart Murdoch sang on "Get Me Away From Here, I'm…
Rachel Brodsky / January 22, 2015

Review: Joey Bada$$’ Throwback ‘B4.DA.$$’ You’ll Want to Throw Back

Though Joey Bada$$ has turned icy in the past when critics compare his music to '90s boom-bap, he seems to have gotten over it. On…
Rebecca Haithcoat / January 21, 2015

Review: The Decemberists Scale Back on ‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’

The Decemberists have always made music to fill their own unique sociopolitical bubble, which is to say, hyperliterary liberal arts degree-holders with at least one…
Natasha Aftandilians / January 21, 2015

Review: Viet Cong Make Like the Last Post-Punks on Self-Titled Debut

While waiting for "Death," the 11-minute reckoning that closes their first album, consider that out of the ashes of Women have risen something bigger called…
Jeremy D. Larson / January 20, 2015

Review: Sleater-Kinney Return With the Swaggering ‘No Cities To Love’

The narrative we try to impose on reunion albums is bullshit. Anyone can be musically enlightened at any stage of their life, and just the…
Dan Weiss / January 16, 2015

Review: Meghan Trainor Draws a Blank on ‘Title’

"Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top," is the most important sentence Meghan Trainor will ever sing. Perfection doesn't exist,…
Dan Weiss / January 15, 2015

Review: Mark Ronson Delivers a Fun But Overstuffed ‘Uptown Special’

One can never fault bi-continental producer/DJ/sporadic lead artist Mark Ronson for a lack of enthusiasm. The title of 2010's Record Collection could just have easily…
Andrew Unterberger / January 13, 2015

Review: Jazmine Sullivan’s ‘Reality Show’ Is So Much Deeper Than Its Title Suggests

Jazmine Sullivan tweeted a threat in 2011 that she was leaving the biz: "i'm trying to figure out who I am… w/out a mike, paper…
Alfred Soto / January 13, 2015

Review: Panda Bear Explores the Rabbit Hole on ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’

Once, an Animal Collective show had no discernable order. Bucking the traditional rise/dip/rise/peak/crescendo continuum that a conventional live performance takes, the group — Avey Tare,…
Rachel Brodsky / January 12, 2015

Review: Rae Sremmurd Flex With Promise and Big-Name Guests on ‘SremmLife’

One of 2014's greatest viral moments came during Solange's wedding afterparty, when the singer and her young son Julez performed a perfectly choreographed routine to…
Brennan Carley / January 7, 2015

Review: Death Grips Rise From the Dead With the Explosive ‘Fashion Week’

It's hard out here for a troll. Are we to believe that maybe once people were used to Death Grips' musical and extracurricular antics both…
Dan Weiss / January 6, 2015

Review: D’Angelo Brings Organic Funk Back to Life on the Epochal ‘Black Messiah’

When D'Angelo sings, "All we wanted was a chance to talk / 'Stead we only got outlined in chalk" on his long-awaited third album, we…
Chris Martins / December 17, 2014
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