Reviews

Northern State, ‘Dying in Stereo’ (Startime)

Picture three energetic MCs, some in-your-face feminist politics and one very danceable album--and no, they're not Le Tigre (though they are thanked in the liner…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Boards of Canada, ‘Twoism’ (Warp)

Original copies of 1995's Twoism, Boards of Canada's debut release, are so rare that one recently sold on E-bay for several hundred dollars. So thi…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Keane, ‘Hopes and Fears’ (Interscope)

The time may be just right for a band like Keane and their soaring, romantic debut Hopes and Fears. Bolstered by critics' comparisons to fellow…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Sondre Lerche, ‘Two Way Monologue’ (Astralwerks)

Young people who attempt to write love songs have it hard. Without the experience of multiple heartaches, disappointments, and redemptions under their belts, their work…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Lali Puna, ‘Faking the Books’ (Morr Music)

On Faking The Books, Lali Puna's third full-length album, frontwoman Valerie Trebeljahr sounds more like a disaffected flight attendant peddling advice over a 747 loudspeaker…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

The Cure, ‘The Cure’ (I Am/Geffen)

Robert Smith is bucking for a promotion from alterna-gloom standard-bearer to timeless rock god. His comfortingly tortured croak has been everywhere lately: on this summer'…
By: Douglas Wolk / July 22, 2004

Rachael Yamagata, ‘Happenstance’ (RCA)

Rachael Yamagata has been busy lately. In a matter of a couple of years, the former voice major from Virginia went from playing tambourine i…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Camera Obscura, ‘Underachievers Please Try Harder’ (Merge)

Falling for the wrong person has never seemed so alluring: InUnderachievers Please Try Harder, Camera Obscura provide an observant, self-deprecating, and witty commentary on the…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Velvet Revolver, ‘Contraband’ (RCA)

Velvet RevolverContrabandRCAThe members of Velvet Revolver--former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, plus some…
By: Chuck Klosterman / July 20, 2004

Sonic Youth, ‘Sonic Nurse’ (Geffen)

In an April New York Times Op-Ed piece, Sonic Youth singer-guitarist Thurston Moore remembered the heady days of the early-'90s alt-rock boom, when his friend…
By: SPIN Staff / July 20, 2004
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