reviews

Drake’s ‘Views’: SPIN’s Impulsive Reviews

After nearly two years of teasing us, Drake finally released his fourth proper album, Views, last night. And after all that waiting, SPIN staffers and…
SPIN Staff / April 29, 2016

Review: Beyoncé Is the Rightful Heir to Michael Jackson and Prince on ‘Lemonade’

Like all things Beyoncé, Lemonade is a triumph of marketing and musicality, spectacle and song, vision and collaboration, Borg-like assimilation, and — as of 2013…
Greg Tate / April 28, 2016

Review: Konono Nº1 and Batida Redefine Trance on ‘Konono Nº1 Meets Batida’

Although one should never underestimate the international pleasures of the big beat, Western festival enthusiasm for Kinshasan percussion ensemble Konono Nº1 remains a rather unlikely…
Jason Gubbels / April 25, 2016

Classic Reviews: Prince, ‘Sign o’ the Times’

This review originally ran in the May 1987 issue of SPIN. In light of Prince's death, we've republished this piece here. I guess…
Bart Bull / April 22, 2016

Review: Katy B Fragments Herself Anew for the Good of the Club on ‘Honey’

British underground darling Katy B first arrived on the scene as the teen representative of London radio station Rinse FM and the fresh female face…
Eve Barlow / April 20, 2016

Review: J Dilla Would’ve Surprised the Streets With ‘The Diary’

Posthumous releases are always a complicated undertaking, filled with conflicting attitudes about desiring new art and wanting to also respect the memory of the deceased.
Israel Daramola / April 19, 2016

Review: Andy Stott Is Wanted Both Dead and Alive on ‘Too Many Voices’

Andy Stott has always been mercurial, shuffling between slivered breakbeats, decaying dubstep, and a no-man's-subterranean-tunnel in between, where the only living thing was the electricity still…
Harley Brown / April 18, 2016

SPIN R&B Report: Tweet Flutters Back Into View, K. Michelle Puts the Real in Reality TV

Yes, there’s more to R&B in early 2016 than Anderson .Paak. The Los Angeles dynamo has been rightly lionized for blending hip-hop, pimpish soul, and…
Mosi Reeves / April 15, 2016

Review: Suuns Get Twitchy, Can’t ‘Hold/Still’

Hold/Still is an unsteady album. It’s a consistent, methodical unsteadiness that hangs a song on a single blurred synth tone, a suspension bridge between two guitars…
Anna Gaca / April 14, 2016

Review: PJ Harvey Can’t Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Skin on ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’

The year is 2013. You're excited because Brad Paisley's about to release the snickeringly titled Wheelhouse, in which the genial, widely respected country singer really…
Dan Weiss / April 13, 2016

Review: Sturgill Simpson Preps a Son of a Sailor on ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’

At age 37 and only three records into his career, Sturgill Simpson carries with him a sack of lore. He’s the guy who wrote 400…
Jeremy D. Larson / April 13, 2016

Review: Michete Sticks Nine-Inch Nails Through Our Eyelids on ‘Cool Tricks 2′

Michete's Cool Tricks 2 is, without a doubt, the year's best rap album to discuss traveling back in time to suck FDR's dick. Such tales…
Andrew Unterberger / April 12, 2016

Review: No More Wires Ever for the Coathangers on ‘Nosebleed Weekend’

The curse of making it look easy is that you get taken for granted. (Duh, right?) You might notice more dynamic shifts in the Coathangers’…
Dan Weiss / April 11, 2016

Review: Deftones Listen to Iron Maiden, Baby on ‘Gore’

If the Deftones felt out of place when White Pony came out, before most of their fans had "shoegaze" or "dream pop" on the tip…
Andy O'Connor / April 8, 2016

Review: Parquet Courts Drop in to See What Condition Their Condition Is in on ‘Human Performance’

There is nothing stoned or starving about Human Performance, the most deceptively straightforward album yet from the four very un-straightforward dudes in Parquet Courts. What…
Dan Weiss / April 8, 2016

Review: Tacocat Don’t Quite Make Up for ‘Lost Time’

Palindromic pop-punks Tacocat are a Seattle band that named their sophomore album NVM (the txt shorthand for "never mind"), because that’s hilarious and they’re not the type to…
Anna Gaca / April 7, 2016

Review: Pet Shop Boys Are Happier Than We Ever Thought They’d Be on ‘Super’

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are 30 years too late to title a song "Sad Robot Love." After all it’s a sad robot world, and…
Alfred Soto / April 7, 2016

Review: The Azealia Banks-Industrial Complex Is Laid Out in Full on ‘Slay-Z’

Talk about an artist who gets in her own way. — OLD RAPUNXEL (@SPINSlayZReview) April 5, 2016 Not only…
Dan Weiss / April 6, 2016

Review: Tim Hecker Says Hello 2 Heaven on ‘Love Streams’

Though the former might be a slightly more recognizable name in North America, convention-defying experimental musicians Tim Hecker and Ben Frost have long represented…
Zach Kelly / April 5, 2016

Review: Frankie Cosmos Deserves to Be Your ‘Next Thing’

Twenty-two year-old Greta Kline writes affecting, unassuming songs about subjects like Korean food and how much she misses her dead dog, Joe Joe. Her delivery…
Anna Gaca / April 4, 2016
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