reviews

Review: GoldLink Explains It All on ‘And After That, We Didn’t Talk’

GoldLink is probably one of the more charismatic genre-benders in rap right now, a danceable force with a chameleonic, often explosive flow that helped cover…
Sheldon Pearce / November 11, 2015

Review: Eric Church Retreats From the Dark Side on ‘Mr. Misunderstood’

When Eric Church released The Outsiders last year, country music was his for the taking. That album, which has sold over a million copies and…
Jonathan Bernstein / November 11, 2015

Review: Grimes Preaches Wonderful and Horrifying Hyperspace Gospel on ‘Art Angels’

Four records into Claire Boucher's career as Grimes, she decided it was time for a posse record. Facetiously explaining Art Angels to The Fader, she…
Colin Joyce / November 10, 2015

Review: ‘Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings’ Is a Reminder That Kurt Cobain Is Dead

Kurt Cobain died at age 27 in 1994 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; unlike Elvis or Tupac, even his conspiracy theorists don't think he’s still…
Dan Weiss / November 10, 2015

Review: DJ Paypal Makes Footwork Funny on ‘Sold Out’

Anonymity is often the basis for austerity — occluded features and ego removal as a mirror for reverb-obscured instrumentals and bombed-out soundscapes. Even Burial's revealed…
Colin Joyce / November 9, 2015

Review: Kode9 Mourns Loss While Embracing the Absence Left Behind on ‘Nothing’

The most devastating swath of Kode9's feverishly awaited full-length debut, Nothing, arrives at the very end. On ten-minute album closer "Nothing Lasts Forever," intermittent shrieks…
Harley Brown / November 6, 2015

SPIN Pop Report: Melanie Martinez Loads Her Sippycups With Booze, Alexx Mack Cracks Open the Sunroof

Before this fall even began, Adele's looming shadow set the tone for pop purveyors attempting to close and push out their tightly packaged, radio-ready projects…
Brennan Carley / November 6, 2015

Review: We’ve Awaited Kate Boy’s Debut ‘One’ Since the Midnight Sun

In another universe, Kate Boy could have occupied the space currently reserved on alt-rock radio and in festival lineups for CHVRCHES. Another blacklit synth-pop now-duo,…
Andrew Unterberger / November 5, 2015

Review: CeeLo Reminds Us He Predicted Meghan Trainor on the Gauche ‘Heart Blanche’

CeeLo Green would like to show you the life of the mind. The burden of the artist was the animating concern of "Crazy," the deathless…
Brad Shoup / November 5, 2015

Review: The Ever-Inventive f(x) Are Gunning for World’s Greatest Pop Group on ‘4 Walls’

K-pop stardom is never a breeze, but the pressures facing f(x) seem like they’d be asphyxial. 4 Walls, the girl group’s fourth full-length since their…
Jakob Dorof / November 4, 2015

Review: Ellie Goulding Accepts Her Pop Mission on ‘Delirium’

"I love that people are curious about what kind of artist I am. Who knows where my next album will go?" Ellie Goulding said to…
Eve Barlow / November 4, 2015

Review: Guitars Are the Only Confessions on Laura Stevenson’s ‘Cocksure’

"I’m being a piece of s**t," Laura Stevenson exclaims almost triumphantly at the end of "Jellyfish," one of the most musically assertive songs of her…
Dan Weiss / November 3, 2015

Review: Carrie Underwood Sells Outlaw Country Its Soul Back on ‘Storyteller’

As the Earth careens toward the Winter of Adele, spare a thought for Carrie Underwood. We’re still waiting for her to release a non-American Idol…
Brad Shoup / November 3, 2015

Review: Floating Points’ Symphony Reaches the Sublime on the Ethereal ‘Elaenia’

Floating Points' Sam Shepherd isn't one for hard left-turns in his loosely beat-tethered meditations on worldly music, but the London musician and producer does have a tendency to upend expectations.
Harley Brown / November 2, 2015

Review: 5 Seconds of Summer Rewrite Pop-Punk Into Boy-Band History on ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’

The argument that 5 Seconds of Summer have against being called a boy band — which, despite being an exceedingly proud legacy, is historically a…
Andrew Unterberger / October 30, 2015

Classic Reviews: Pulp, ‘Different Class’

This review originally ran in the March 1996 issue of SPIN. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Pulp's Different Class — which is one of…
Barry Walters / October 30, 2015

Review: Rabit Finds the Beauty and Horror in Religious Ritual on ‘Communion’

Since joining up with Tri Angle Records last year, Texas-based producer Eric Burton (who records as Rabit) has fixed his eyes on God. He called…
Colin Joyce / October 29, 2015

Review: DJ Khaled Epitomizes the Small-Stakes Rap Event Album With ‘I Changed a Lot’

How does one review a DJ Khaled album? How do you apply numbers — mere digits which adhere to the rules of mathematics — to…
Drew Millard / October 28, 2015

Review: Wolf Eyes Will Still Flambé Your Soul on ‘I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces’

From sinister synths to demonic horns to dislocated guitars, melody has always been a factor in Wolf Eyes’ paranoid dystopia, but very rarely the Michigan-based…
Raymond Cummings / October 28, 2015

Review: Horrendous Become the Springsteen of Death Metal on ‘Anareta’

Death metal aspires toward and excels at the grotesque: breakneck speeds, unwieldy chord progressions, obsessions with gore and rot, violations you welcome in. But the…
Andy O'Connor / October 27, 2015
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