Reviews

Jadakiss, ‘Kiss of Death’ (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)

Let this be known from the jump: Listening to Jadakiss will not stamp your ticket to heaven. His second solo album offers little in the…
By: Chris Ryan / August 23, 2004

Various Artists, ‘Old Enough to Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records’ (Merge)

It's only appropriate that the mentor-minded underachievers of Superchunk open their label's anniversary set with another band--Neutral Milk Hotel, whose leader Jeff Mangum disappeared after…
By: Will Hermes / August 20, 2004

Uncle Kracker, ‘Seventy Two & Sunny’ (Lava)

Uncle Kracker is a rock artist who makes country music. This is not terribly uncommon, but there's something interesting about the way Mr. Kracker make…
By: Chuck Klosterman / August 11, 2004

The Roots, ‘The Tipping Point’ (Geffen)

We ask a lot of the Roots. Straddling mainstream gun claps, underground knapsacks, and jam-band woodsheds, they're equally at home backing Eminem at the Grammys,…
By: Chris Ryan / August 11, 2004

The Mooney Suzuki, ‘Alive & Amplified’ (Columbia)

During the salad days of Rock Is Back version 1.0, New York's Mooney Suzuki only had the trash-talking Star Spangles for competition as the boomlet'…
By: Mikael Wood / August 10, 2004

The National, ‘Cherry Tree’ (Brassland)

Less than a year ago, the National released a sweeping concept album, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, to widespread acclaim, earning these Cincinnati-bred, Brooklyn-based alt-country…
By: SPIN Staff / August 3, 2004

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

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
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