Reviews

Review: Jenny Hval Fingers the Intersection of Capitalism and Sexuality on ‘Apocalypse, girl’

"Intimacy is beyond rules — that is the very nature of it. If it’s pretty, maybe you’re not close enough." So begins Norwegia…
By: Harley Brown / June 10, 2015

Review: Even Muse’s Idea of ‘Back to Basics’ Is Complicated on ‘Drones’

Sometime after Muse released The 2nd Law — their nose-thumbing 2012 collection of dubstep dalliances, chopped vocal debris, and pure hubris — singer/guitarist Matt Bellamy…
By: Colin Joyce / June 9, 2015

Review: Tove Styrke Rises as a Feminist Pop Queen on ‘Kiddo’

In 2009, Tove Styrke finished third on Swedish Idol and quickly delivered a self-titled album full of the then-untapped promise of mechanized Scandinavian pop. Singles like "Call…
By: Brennan Carley / June 8, 2015

Review: Sun Kil Moon Continues to Sugarcoat Absolutely Nothing on ‘Universal Themes’

At first pass, Universal Themes feels like a winking gag of a title for a new Sun Kil Moon album. Since 2003’s Ghosts of the…
By: Craig Jenkins / June 5, 2015

Review: HOLYCHILD Are Insolent With a Purpose on Feisty Debut, ‘The Shape of Brat Pop to Come’

Vanity capitalization is, in almost every instance, annoying. Demands that your name must have anything but a normal array of upper and lower case letter…
By: James Grebey / June 5, 2015

Review: Florence + the Machine Go Big, Then Go Home on ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’

There's something very unusual about "Ship to Wreck," the towering first track on Florence + The Machine's third LP, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful: It…
By: Andrew Unterberger / June 4, 2015

Review: Major Lazer Sputter Out on ‘Peace Is the Mission’

You likely aren't approaching a Major Lazer record looking for substance — the experience is about shirtless electronic music by way of the islands — but…
By: Brennan Carley / June 4, 2015

Review: Girlpool Find Indie-Pop Neverland on ‘Before the World Was Big’

Much like a certain overwrought island drama, the dramatic tension of Girlpool's debut LP Before the World Was Big comes about because its main character…
By: Colin Joyce / June 3, 2015

Review: Jamie xx Is Singular and Sublime on Debut Solo LP, ‘In Colour’

Jamie xx has made no secret of his influences. First there was the xx beatmaker’s solo introduction to the world as Gil Scott-Heron’s chosen remixer…
By: Harley Brown / June 2, 2015

Review: The Social Experiment Bury Their Lead on the Disarmingly Joyous ‘Surf’

He tried to tell us, but we wouldn't listen. Despite his repeated insistence to the contrary, many fans of Chance the Rapper's first two mixtape…
By: Andrew Unterberger / June 1, 2015
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