reviews

Blood Brothers, ‘Crimes’ (V2)

Brian Wilson's winding masterpiece SmiLE was composed as a "teenage symphony to God," but the Blood Brothers' fierce stunnerCrimes is a symphony to the real…
Yancey Strickler / January 7, 2005

Eminem, ‘Encore’ (Aftermath)

In one of many surprising asides in his recent memoir, Chronicles, Bob Dylan says that he suffered a crisis of confidence in the late 1980s,…
Alex Pappademas / January 3, 2005

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, ‘Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus’ (Mute)

It has to be tough being Nick Cave -- taking off your coal-black trench coat, lecturing your lady about the darkness in your soul, calling…
Douglas Wolk / December 6, 2004

Frank Black Francis, ‘Frank Black Francis’ (spinArt)

This double CD's first volume is easy enough to understand. It's a collection of demos by Charles Thompson, who later became Black Francis and later…
Andrew Beaujon / December 6, 2004

DJ/rupture, ‘Special Gunpowder’ (Tigerbeat6) Diplo, ‘Florida’ (Big Dada)

Having good taste is easy; translating it into great art is another thing altogether. DJ/rupture and Diplo have both made their names as curators of…
Jon Caramanica / December 6, 2004

The Occasion, ‘The Occasion’ (Say Hey)

The cover of the Occasion's self-titled debut album shows the buttes and sagebrush of a barren desert scape. The small mounds of lonely dirt languishing…
SPIN Staff / November 29, 2004

R.E.M., ‘Around the Sun’ (Warner Bros.)

R.E.M.'s 13th record opens with an echo of the Aerosmith powerballad "Dream On," a song I doubt the Georgians ever covered, though they once did…
Will Hermes / November 15, 2004

Jimmy Eat World, ‘Futures’ (Interscope)

There are basically two ways to handle sudden success: Take it as a mandate to chase your muse, doin' it for art and adventure, or…
Zac Crain / November 15, 2004

The Mendoza Line, ‘Fortune’ (Bar/None)

The Mendoza Line are six brainy Brooklynites subletting a tiny one-bedroom on the fine line between sophisticated art-pop and insular indie rock. In addition to…
Mikael Wood / November 15, 2004

Travis Morrison, ‘Travistan’ (Barsuk) Say Anything, ‘Say Anything is a Real Boy’ (Doghouse)

Soon, Max Bemis will get his ass kicked by a girl--figuratively, at least--and Say Anything will be over. Oh, the band could continue for year…
Andrew Beaujon / November 15, 2004
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