Reviews

Taking Back Sunday, ‘Where You Want to Be’ (Victory)

If hip-hop is the CNN of the streets, then emo is the Instant Messenger of the suburbs. Taking Back Sunday won a passionate fanbase by…
By: Andy Greenwald / August 3, 2004

The Kingsbury Manx, ‘Afternoon Owls EP/The Aztec Discipline’ (Overcoat Recordings)

The Kingsbury Manx provide the ideal soundtrack for Sundays spent hiding from the world and sipping chamomile tea. It's comfort music about relationships that's neither…
By: SPIN Staff / July 27, 2004

Various Artists, ‘Kompakt 100′ (Kompakt)

A bunch of cork-popping remixes celebrate the 100th release from Kompakt, a Cologne-based collective that's pretty much the only techno label that matters. The surface…
By: Will Hermes / July 27, 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

The Monolith, ‘Here Comes the Monolith’ (Fortune)

The members of the Monolith probably didn't date a lot in high school, but were rather the ones sitting in the back of the classroom,…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Oneida, ‘Secret Wars’ (Jagjaguwar)

Oneida's urge to crank the Marshalls to 11 and blow down the garage door has always competed tooth-and-nail with their desire to father the next…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004
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