reviews

Review: Coldplay Are All Too Eager to Exit Gracefully With ‘A Head Full of Dreams’

If this is indeed Coldplay's final album, as frontman Chris Martin has implied in interviews, then no band this massive — like, Super Bowl massive…
Andrew Unterberger / December 4, 2015

Review: Lil BUB’s Comeback Album ‘Science & Magic’ May Be Her Storied Career’s Best

Perma-kitten Lil BUB's outer-space origins from the planet Bub Ub Bub make her tinier and tongue-ier than Earth felines, but her atypical bone formation and…
Rachel Brodsky / December 3, 2015

Review: Foo Fighters’ Best Record in Years Is the Tragedy-Stricken ‘Saint Cecilia’ EP

In the nearly two decades since The Colour and the Shape put him on a whole new map, Dave Grohl’s highest profile is not as…
Brad Shoup / December 2, 2015

Review: Parquet Courts Art for Their Suffering on ‘Monastic Living’ EP

Goodbye cruel world, Parquet Courts are off to join the circus. You'd think that "Stoned and Starving" was some "Creep"-like smash of crossover ubiquity (or…
Andrew Unterberger / December 1, 2015

Review: Erykah Badu Continues R&B’s Longtime Game of Telephone on ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’

In this pop moment of 17-38 squads, Gap Band pastiches, and Queen Adele looming on her throne, how bizarre that 2015’s runaway cultural convergence should…
Jason Gubbels / December 1, 2015

Review: Junglepussy Teaches Us How to Get ‘Pregnant With Success’ in Ten Easy Steps

There’s a therapeutic sensation that washes over you as Junglepussy raps about eating fruits and vegetables, getting her scalp greased, and ditching worthless men with…
Israel Daramola / November 24, 2015

Review: SOPHIE Rebuilds Pop in His Own Mysterious Image on ‘PRODUCT’

Samuel Long earns the rarest of pop boasts: He doesn’t sound like anyone else. This isn’t lost on the once-anonymous, lowercase male who’s adopted the…
Dan Weiss / November 23, 2015

Review: Age Ain’t Nothing But a Bummer for Adele on ’25’

In her first proper interview in over four years, the now 27-year-old Adele Adkins recently told a journalist from i-D, "Life is so much easier…
T. Cole Rachel / November 23, 2015

SPIN Electronic Report: Special Request Evokes Pirate Radio, Hunee Imagines Vibrant House

As the deepest genres of dance music continue to spread across the mainstream (and main stages), the producers to watch are the ones burying their…
Harley Brown and Glenn T. Jackson / November 20, 2015

Review: Arca Explores the Sexuality of Electronic Abstractions on ‘Mutant’

At the peak of every Arca live show, the Venezuelan producer born Alejandro Ghersi interrupts his otherwise mute meditations with a scream: "It's too much…
Colin Joyce / November 19, 2015

Adele’s ’25′: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

On Wednesday, Adele's 25 — the long-awaited follow-up to her Grammy-gobbling 21 — leaked online. Today, SPIN staffers and contributors are doing the only responsible thing: rushing…
SPIN Staff / November 19, 2015

Review: Ty Dolla $ign Lays All Doubts to Rest on His Long-Awaited ‘Free TC’

Significant delays on the release of hip-hop and R&B albums are usually the fault of skeptical labels. But in the case of Ty…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 17, 2015

Review: One Direction Are Directionless on Inconclusive Finale ‘Made in the A.M.’

In the wee small hours? Maybe. Distracted and leaden, One Direction’s Made in the A.M. is the first album since their 2011 debut to offer…
Alfred Soto / November 16, 2015

Review: Sorry Seems to Be the Easiest Word for Justin Bieber on ‘Purpose’

On national television a year ago, Justin Bieber told us this would happen. A half-decade into his pop career, and at his professional low point…
Andrew Unterberger / November 16, 2015

Review: Sadie Switchblade Is Rock’s Most Beautiful Loser on Dyke Drama’s ‘Tender Resignation’ EP

Sadie Switchblade, frontwoman of hardcore punks G.L.O.S.S., recently became mainstream-famous for an unfortunate reason, as her group was the recipient of a series of despicable,…
Andrew Unterberger / November 16, 2015

Review: Oneohtrix Point Never Puts Us Through Puberty Again on ‘Garden of Delete’

It starts with an ache in the knees. Herky limbs sprout and overdevelop. A skittering gait turns into uncomfortable and awkward locomotion. A voice creaks,…
Colin Joyce / November 13, 2015

Review: Young Thug Continues to Turn Rap Into an Unsolvable Maze on ‘Slime Season 2′

Maybe Young Thug is a pragmatist after all. In the run up to the record's April release, some mistakenly billed Barter 6 as…
Paul Thompson / November 13, 2015

Justin Bieber’s ‘Purpose’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

On Wednesday, Justin Bieber's highly anticipated Purpose leaked online. Today, SPIN staffers and contributors are doing the only responsible thing: rushing to snap judgements and publishing…
SPIN Staff / November 12, 2015

Review: Rustie Reimagines Maximalism on ‘EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE’

The shores of consciousness, a term you've likely heard before but does not have a hard etymology, is not an idea so much as a metaphor…
Harley Brown / November 12, 2015

Review: GoldLink Explains It All on ‘And After That, We Didn’t Talk’

GoldLink is probably one of the more charismatic genre-benders in rap right now, a danceable force with a chameleonic, often explosive flow that helped cover…
Sheldon Pearce / November 11, 2015
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