Reviews

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

Blink-182, ‘Blink-182′ (Geffen)

Blink-182 are still pop-rock's reigning pranksters. But just because the California punks haven't grown up, doesn't mean they haven't fattened up. Amplifying their trademark party-punk…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Citizens Here and Abroad, ‘Ghosts of Tables And Chairs’ (Omnibus)

One might expect Bay Area indie rockers Citizens Here And Abroad to take a cue from their peers and infuse their songs with bubblegum harmonie…
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

Sparta, ‘Porcelain’ (Geffen)

It ain't easy being earnest. Just ask Sparta frontman Jim Ward.Porcelain, Sparta's brand-new full-length, is rife with all the things you'd expect from an oh-so-seriou…
By: SPIN Staff / July 20, 2004

Wilco, ‘A Ghost Is Born’ (Nonesuch)

Wilco ringleader Jeff Tweedy is famous for spinning rural Americana into dreamy art rock, and for turning record-label wrangling into critical gold. And now, after…
By: Joe Gross / July 20, 2004

The Chinese Stars, ‘A Rare Sensation’ (Three-One-G)

From the first fuzzy staccato notes and hi-hat off-beats on A Rare Sensation (Three-One-G), the debut LP from the Rhode Island-based Chinese Stars, the band…
By: SPIN Staff / July 20, 2004
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