Reviews

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

Norah Jones, ‘Feels Like Home’ (Blue Note) Nellie McKay, ‘Get Away From Me’ (Columbia)

Give her a break-it's not Norah Jones' fault your mom played her debut, Come Away With Me, ten times a day. Or that nine millio…
By: Will Hermes / April 27, 2004

Young Gunz, ‘Tough Luv’ (Roc-a-Fella)

Jay-Z's retirement and Dame Dash's extracurricular activities have dominated Roc-A-Fella-related headlines during the last year. But under the radar, the label has been developing a…
By: Chris Ryan / April 21, 2004

The Get Up Kids, ‘Guilt Show’ (Vagrant)

They grow up so fast. Rock'n'roll may be the sound of maturity deferred, but lately that hasn't stopped punk-bred bastards of young from trying to…
By: Alex Pappademas / April 19, 2004

Iron & Wine, ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’ (Sub Pop)

Iron & Wine's autumn 2002 debut, The Creek Drank theCradle, arrived with all the fanfare of a tree shedding its leaves. But word spread quietly…
By: Joe Gross / April 15, 2004

Danger Mouse, ‘The Grey Album’ (www.djdangermouse.com)

The initial advertising campaign for Jay-Z's (alleged) swansong, 2003's The Black Album, featured a picture of a tape box with the names of 12 of…
By: Chris Ryan / April 15, 2004

David Banner, ‘Mississippi: The Screwed and Chopped Album’, ‘MTA2: Baptized in Holy Water’ (SRC/Universal)

David Banner is hardly the first college kid to wallow in ugliness as a tribute to his humble upbringing. But few have crafted so fond…
By: Keith Harris / April 13, 2004

Belle and Sebastian, ‘Fans Only’ (Matador)

With Dear Catastrophe Waitress, Scottish über-wallflowers Belle and Sebastian finally went from crayons to perfume, sharpening their hooks and addressing adult concerns (such as the…
By: Alex Pappademas / April 6, 2004

Lambchop, ‘AWCMON’, ‘NOYOUCMON’ (Merge)

Wry Nashville twang-pimps Lambchop defy easy definitions the way George "No Show" Jones used to frustrate concert promoters. Indie rockers to the core (sample song…
By: Mikael Wood / April 1, 2004
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