Reviews

Review: Belle and Sebastian Dream of Disco on ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’

"Nobody writes them like they used to / So it may as well be me," Stuart Murdoch sang on "Get Me Away From Here, I'm…
By: Rachel Brodsky / January 22, 2015

Review: Joey Bada$$’ Throwback ‘B4.DA.$$’ You’ll Want to Throw Back

Though Joey Bada$$ has turned icy in the past when critics compare his music to '90s boom-bap, he seems to have gotten over it. O…
By: Rebecca Haithcoat / January 21, 2015

Review: The Decemberists Scale Back on ‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’

The Decemberists have always made music to fill their own unique sociopolitical bubble, which is to say, hyperliterary liberal arts degree-holders with at least one…
By: Natasha Aftandilians / January 21, 2015

Review: Viet Cong Make Like the Last Post-Punks on Self-Titled Debut

While waiting for "Death," the 11-minute reckoning that closes their first album, consider that out of the ashes of Women have risen something bigger called…
By: Jeremy D. Larson / January 20, 2015

Review: Sleater-Kinney Return With the Swaggering ‘No Cities To Love’

The narrative we try to impose on reunion albums is bullshit. Anyone can be musically enlightened at any stage of their life, and just the…
By: Dan Weiss / January 16, 2015

Review: Meghan Trainor Draws a Blank on ‘Title’

"Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top," is the most important sentence Meghan Trainor will ever sing. Perfection doesn't exist,…
By: Dan Weiss / January 15, 2015

Review: Mark Ronson Delivers a Fun But Overstuffed ‘Uptown Special’

One can never fault bi-continental producer/DJ/sporadic lead artist Mark Ronson for a lack of enthusiasm. The title of 2010's Record Collection could just have easily…
By: Andrew Unterberger / January 13, 2015

Review: Jazmine Sullivan’s ‘Reality Show’ Is So Much Deeper Than Its Title Suggests

Jazmine Sullivan tweeted a threat in 2011 that she was leaving the biz: "i'm trying to figure out who I am… w/out a mike, paper…
By: Alfred Soto / January 13, 2015

Review: Panda Bear Explores the Rabbit Hole on ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’

Once, an Animal Collective show had no discernable order. Bucking the traditional rise/dip/rise/peak/crescendo continuum that a conventional live performance takes, the group — Avey Tare,…
By: Rachel Brodsky / January 12, 2015

Review: Rae Sremmurd Flex With Promise and Big-Name Guests on ‘SremmLife’

One of 2014's greatest viral moments came during Solange's wedding afterparty, when the singer and her young son Julez performed a perfectly choreographed routine to…
By: Brennan Carley / January 7, 2015
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