Reviews

Review: Sufjan Stevens Sheds the Frills on the Deeply Personal ‘Carrie & Lowell’

Following Sufjan Stevens' discography up to this point has been a study in addition. More instruments, more and more esoteric references, more genre exercises. It'…
By: James Grebey / April 1, 2015

Review: Madeon Takes Pop Radio on a Teenage ‘Adventure’

The first thing people might notice about French electronic producer Madeon (real name: Hugo Pierre Leclercq) is that he’s only 20 years old. But that fact shouldn't…
By: Brennan Carley / April 1, 2015

Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Renew Their Orchestral Bombast on ‘Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’

Over their first two decades, Godspeed You! Black Emperor has garnered as much of a reputation for their enigmatic relationship with publicity as for the…
By: Jonathan Dick / March 30, 2015

Review: Follakzoid Goes Into a Post-Krautrock Trance on ‘III’

The key word most often mentioned surrounding Föllakzoid's new album is "trance." The Chilean trio's music has little to do with the late-'90s club fare…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 30, 2015

Review: Liturgy Won’t Be Your Thinkpiece Anymore on ‘The Ark Work’

The one word you can't escape when reading about Liturgy is "polarizing." On one side there are the experimentalists willing to embrace a metal album,…
By: J.J. Lang / March 27, 2015

Review: Laura Marling Reaches the Second Reel of Life’s ‘Short Movie’

It's a little stunning these days to go back to Laura Marling's first record and hear how her voice has toughened over the years. Not…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 27, 2015

Review: Earl Sweatshirt Makes the Most of Self-Induced House Arrest on ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside’

Since he returned from a Samoan boarding school in 2012 to rejoin the by-then famous Odd Future collective, Earl Sweatshirt has seemed like a reluctant…
By: Rebecca Haithcoat / March 26, 2015

Review: Action Bronson Painlessly Graduates From Mixtapes to Albums on ‘Mr. Wonderful’

While the serious emotional response to Kendrick Lamar's epic To Pimp a Butterfly last week led to entire thinkpieces on its "overwhelming blackness," this week…
By: Dan Weiss / March 25, 2015

Review: Chastity Belt Turn Goth Into Wry Feminism on ‘Time to Go Home’

Gather your crystals, because the sophomore album by Seattle post-punk quartet Chastity Belt fluoresces like a neon sign for a $10 palm read. Recorded i…
By: Bryn Lovitt / March 24, 2015

Review: Courtney Barnett’s Exhilarating ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’

Courtney Barnett's voice is the first thing you hear on her first proper full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, character-sketching opening…
By: Andrew Unterberger / March 23, 2015
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