reviews

Review: D.R.A.M. Cha Chas His Way to Sing-Rap Ecstasy on ‘Gahdamn!’ EP

Forget that "Hotline Bling" ended up being the inescapable one, Virginia-born singer/rapper D.R.A.M. and his own breakthrough tune were still responsible for discovering the twee…
Colin Joyce / October 23, 2015

Classic Reviews: Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’

This review originally ran in the December 1995 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, we’ve…
Ann Powers / October 23, 2015

Review: VHÖL Rip the Flesh From Thrash’s Corpse on ‘Deeper Than Sky’

Does being a great metal album mean doing things that other metal albums don’t do? Not a very kvlt thing to ask of course, and…
Dan Weiss / October 23, 2015

Review: Christine and the Queens Share the Crown With Everyone on Self-Tilted Debut

Pop music isn't generally a world for supporting players. Outsiders can find their place as long as they are so affirmative in their left-of-centeredness (like…
Andrew Unterberger / October 22, 2015

Review: Beach House Pull Their Weightless Compositions Back to Earth on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’

When we last left Beach House, less than two months ago ago, principal members Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally were reaffirming their status as masters…
Colin Joyce / October 20, 2015

Review: All Aboard Neon Indian’s Time-Traveling Cruise Ship on ‘VEGA INTL. Night School’

Alan Palomo’s third album as Neon Indian opens with the boastfully titled "Hit Parade"; it’s nothing more than a 30-second instrumental blip that would be…
Natasha Aftandilians / October 19, 2015

Review: Seinabo Sey Makes Empathy Thrilling on ‘Pretend’

"Younger," Seinabo Sey’s first track — both chronologically and where it appears on her debut album, Pretend — was released almost two years ago, but…
James Grebey / October 19, 2015

Review: The Game Drags All of 2015 Rap Down With Him on ‘The Documentary 2′

The Game’s stock has been steadily plummeting since he released his highly-acclaimed debut, The Documentary, in 2005 with heavy backing from the biggest rap star…
Sheldon Pearce / October 16, 2015

SPIN Rap Report: Young Thug Slimes Us, milo Takes Busdriver to School

From here in Los Angeles, it feels like summer won’t leave: The beach is packed, the Dodgers are braving 90-degree weather, and YG…
Paul Thompson / October 16, 2015

Review: Visionist’s Debut LP Will Keep You ‘Safe’ From Mental Anguish

For years now, the producer born Louis Carnell has been trying to straighten his head out. The shattered compositions the London-based musician makes as…
Colin Joyce / October 14, 2015

Review: Dan Friel Unlocks the Secrets of ‘Life’ at His Knob-Twiddling Fingertips

Parts & Labor were quietly one of New York’s most original post-hardcore acts during the 2000s, a not-labored-at-all fusion of parts that made for a…
Dan Weiss / October 14, 2015

Review: Selena Gomez Is Center Stage at Last on ‘Revival’

23-year-olds shouldn’t normally release albums titled Revival, but if you're a Selena Gomez novice, this is LP number six. In 2009, she released the first…
Jia Tolentino / October 13, 2015

Review: Toby Keith Speeds Through the Middle of the Road on ’35 mph Town’

Toby Keith is America’s embarrassing brother-in-law, forever spouting jingoistic rhetoric learned at the knee of America’s racist uncle and outlaw-turned-right wing shill, Hank Williams Jr.
Kim Kelly / October 13, 2015

Review: Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonny Greenwood Sink Into the Beautiful Background in ‘Junun’ Documentary

From the outside, Paul Thomas Anderson's new film Junun seems like much-deserved repayment of a favor owed to Jonny Greenwood. For the last eight years,…
Colin Joyce / October 13, 2015

Review: Deerhunter Destroy the World Just to Survive It on ‘Fading Frontier’

Near the outset of Deerhunter’s inspiring and surprisingly triumphant seventh album, Bradford Cox interjects with a "sh-sh-sh-sh, yeah." What he sings next would be worth…
Marc Hogan / October 12, 2015

Review: Majical Cloudz Are Here for You on ‘Are You Alone?’

Devon Welsh has no interest in small talk. The Montreal-based songwriter, the bug-eyed and baritone half of art-pop duo Majical Cloudz, only seeks out sincere,…
Kyle McGovern / October 12, 2015

Review: Nicole Dollanganger Decapitates America on ‘Natural Born Losers’

Other dark singer-songwriters carry around the suggestion of hidden skeletons, but Nicole Dollanganger's secreted away entire rotting corpses in her closet. Over nearly a half…
Colin Joyce / October 8, 2015

Review: Alex G Lifts the Smokescreen on ‘Beach Music’

Listen to enough of his music, and you start to realize that the only way Alex Giannascoli talks about himself is through his songs. The…
Sasha Geffen / October 7, 2015

Review: Wavves Wear Their Snot, Not Their Hearts, on Their Sleevves With ‘V’

"Have I lived too long?" sings Nathan Williams at the outset of V, wondering like so many guitar-abusing snots before him if the oncoming 3-0…
Dan Weiss / October 7, 2015

Review: Shopping Waste No Time Getting Wound Up on ‘Why Choose’

The beauty of the late-’70s and early-‘80s post-punk movement was how fluid and all-encompassing it was. At its basic level, the genre was a vibrant,…
Annie Zaleski / October 7, 2015
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