Reviews

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

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

Kylie Minogue, ‘Body Language’ (EMI)

Much like 2002's Fever, Body Language'ssynth-heavy, slow-burning retro-pop is a combination of1999-era Prince and an electronica-dabbling Madonna. Kylie Minogue's tenth studio release kicks off with…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004

Firewater, ‘Songs We Should Have Written’ (Jet Set) V/A, ‘Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before…” (Rough Trade)

Apparently, it's not just DJs and single record store employees who like making mix tapes; even rock stars are getting in on the act. Two…
By: SPIN Staff / July 22, 2004
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