Albums

Global Music Release Day Switches to Fridays on July 10

After months of speculation about the record industry shifting the global album and single release date to Fridays, Billboard reports that the change will officially take…
Brennan Carley / June 11, 2015

‘Bob Dylan in the ’80s’ Tribute Comp Gives a Maligned Era the Respect It Deserves

Annotating this friendly takeover by smart young Americana types, Jonathan Lethem argues that the maligned and presumed lost '80s Dylan was only trying to prove…
Robert Christgau / March 19, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Craft a Deft, Eccentric Street-Rap Epic on ‘Pinata’

Piñata, the full-length collaboration between 21st-century gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and 31st-century producer Madlib, lulls breezily between pro forma thuggery and Swisha Sweet insights, mixing…
Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2014

Foster the People Settle for Modern-Pop Pastiche on the Bloated ‘Supermodel’

Raise your hand if you spent your 2011 Playa Del Carmen vacation driving up and down the Mexican Riviera listening to Foster the People's Torches.
Garrett Kamps / March 13, 2014

Kylie Minogue Is a Carefree Pop-Star Chameleon Once Again on ‘Kiss Me Once’

Kylie Minogue albums work best as blank canvases, the versatile singer herself smattered in the paint of whatever pop subgenre strikes her fancy. Her 12th…
Brittany Spanos / March 12, 2014

Perfect Pussy Revel in Their Hardcore Fury on ‘Say Yes to Love’

"Since when do we say yes to love?" demands Meredith Graves, frontwoman for hardcore shredders Perfect Pussy. This bold question frames the Syracuse-based band's Captured…
Paula Mejia / March 11, 2014

Tensnake’s Occasionally Sublime ‘Glow’ Is Another Shot in the Pop-House Revolution

Tensnake's Glow peaks early, which is perhaps to be expected of the debut album from a guy who has been cranking out well-received, retro-leaning house…
Philip Sherburne / March 10, 2014

The Shrine Serve Up Some Primo 21st-Century Skate-Rock on the Scuzzy, Virile ‘Bless Off’

So about this new-school 'skate-rock' thing: I realize young people with way better senses of balance than my own have enjoyed half-piping on skateboards or…
Chuck Eddy / March 10, 2014

The Men Bash and Jangle Through the Joyously Aimless ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’

Very funny, guys, calling your fourth album Tomorrow's Hits, when there's nothing remotely commercial — or forward-looking — about such a sweltering orgy of noise.
Jon Young / March 5, 2014

The Drive-By Truckers’ ‘English Oceans’ Gets Stuck Between a Groove and a Rut

Drive-By Truckers began as a great band that wrote good songs, and have turned into a good band that wants to write good songs. Destined…
Alfred Soto / March 4, 2014

Rick Ross Runs Out of Self-Mythologizing Steam on the Dull-Witted ‘Mastermind’

Rick Ross' sixth album dishes up more of the consequence-free, projected-in-IMAX, "real" street shit the Miami boss built his name banging out, but he's running…
Brandon Soderberg / March 4, 2014

Pharrell Walks on Pop-R&B Sunshine With the Daring, Infectious ‘G I R L’

The son of a schoolteacher, Pharrell Williams loves assignments. How else to explain why one of the most audacious songs attached to his name was…
Barry Walters / March 3, 2014

Real Estate Get a Little Less Chill and a Little More Proactive on the Surprisingly Bracing ‘Atlas’

On the one hand, Real Estate are annoying. I'm saying this to hurt their feelings; their music could use a little hurt. One of the…
Dan Weiss / February 28, 2014

ScHoolboy Q’s ‘Oxymoron’ Both Transcends and Succumbs to Gangsta Rap’s Baser Impulses

ScHoolboy Q, the most unambitious and conventional member of Southern California's ambitious, unconventional Black Hippy crew, drops scrunched-up, novelistic raps about street life over sizzurp-dipped,…
Brandon Soderberg / February 26, 2014

Beck Harvests Some West-Coast-Folkie Sunlight on the Stark, Lovely ‘Morning Phase’

Before considering whether Beck's first album in six years is really Sea Change II (spoiler alert: not exactly), a slight detour into armchair psychology seems…
Jason Gubbels / February 24, 2014
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