Reviews

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…
By: 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…
By: 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. O…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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,…
By: 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…
By: 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,…
By: 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,…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: Chris Martins / December 17, 2014

Review: Nicki Minaj Gets Uncomfortably Personal on ‘The Pinkprint’

Earlier this fall, Nicki Minaj announced that she'd need to push back the release date of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, by two weeks. Though…
By: Brennan Carley / December 16, 2014

Review: Charli XCX Punks Us All With ‘Sucker’

This year was a good one to be Charli XCX, but what no one ever mentions is that the 22-year-old — born Charlotte Aitchison —…
By: Dan Weiss / December 15, 2014

Review: Smashing Pumpkins’ Satisfyingly Unambitious ‘Monuments to an Elegy’

The ninth Smashing Pumpkins album, the bloatedly titled Monuments to an Elegy, is intended as the second-to-last installment in the band's half-decade-spanning song cycle, Teargarde…
By: Andrew Unterberger / December 10, 2014

Review: J. Cole Goes DIY on the Reflective ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

"No singles." So decreed J. Cole in mid-November, when word first came of his December surprise. And detractors might nod to themselves, "Mission accomplished."…
By: Jason Gubbels / December 9, 2014

Review: Ghostface Killah’s ’36 Seasons’ Is Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

About halfway through 36 Seasons, Ghostface Killah gets his face burned off in a crack lab explosion ("Threw him twenty feet in the…
By: Theon Weber / December 8, 2014

Review: Wu-Tang Clan Stumble Through Middle Age on ‘A Better Tomorrow’

It's tempting to treat what is being rumored to be the final Wu-Tang Clan album with an unnecessary amount of reverence. On "Felt," Masta Killa…
By: Martin Douglas / December 2, 2014

Review: Mary J. Blige’s Organic, Heartfelt ‘London Sessions’

Over the past decade, Mary J. Blige has proven her ability to cloak herself in the sounds of the moment, which is why it's hard…
By: Brennan Carley / December 1, 2014
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