Reviews

Review: The Cure – Wish

This review of the Cure's Wish—released on April 21, 1992—originally ran in the May 1992 issue of Spin. In honor of the album's 25th anniversary, we're republishing…
Jon Young / April 21, 2017

Review: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

This review of Arcade Fire's Neon Bible first ran in the March 2007 issue of Spin, and we're republishing it here to mark the…
Josh Modell / March 6, 2017

Review: U2 – Pop

This review first ran in the April 1997 issue of Spin. To mark the 20th anniversary of U2's Pop—originally released March 3, 1997—we're republishing it here.
James Hunter / March 3, 2017

Review: Blur – Blur

This piece first ran in the February 1997 issue of Spin. In honor of the album turning 20 this year, and our feature on the…
Jonathan Bernstein / February 10, 2017

Review: Allison Crutchfield Finds Her Own Way on Solo Debut Tourist in This Town

Allison Crutchfield’s first full-length album as a solo artist opens with a resigned and comforting sigh. It’s a prologue that sounds like an elegy: "When…
Anna Gaca / February 3, 2017

Review: On Love If Possible, Shintaro Sakamoto Makes Perfectionist Pop for the Extraterrestrial Bachelor Pad

In the late 1950s and early ‘60s--the space age that spawned The Jetsons and brought hi-fi stereos into countless suburban living rooms--Americans were infatuated with…
Andy Cush / January 17, 2017

Lady Gaga’s Newest Character Is a Dive Bar Queen Named Joanne

Like a meat dress destined to become jerky (lest it spoil), it has long been clear that a shift in form was inevitable for Lady…
Rich Juzwiak / October 21, 2016

Review: Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition Is A Thrilling, Harrowing Ride

Danny Brown is a man in limbo who is struggling to find balance. In song he’s autobiographical, often flipping between zonked out and deadly serious,…
Sheldon Pearce / September 30, 2016

Review: Preoccupations Ride a New Wave on Self-Titled Reboot

In 2013, a Canadian post-punk band called Viet Cong embarked on its first tour, stopping to perform in a small, sweaty room in Brooklyn along…
Andy Cush / September 16, 2016

SPIN R&B Report: Yuna Props Up Woozy Soul With Smelling Salts, Laura Mvula Meets Pop Halfway

While the world spent much of this year waiting for Frank Ocean, R&B continued to evolve. This season’s picks illustrate that there’s a thriving crop…
Mosi Reeves / August 26, 2016

Review: Cass McCombs Is a Moving Target on ‘Mangy Love’

There’s a story Cass McCombs has told about how in his older days, he would never sit for publicity shots. At a certain point, the…
Andy Beta / August 25, 2016

Review: Frank Ocean’s Blond on ‘Blonde’ Is Pledging Its Goddamn Time

Frank Ocean fixed "Wolves." No, really: Kanye was onto something when he called The Life of Pablo a "living album," because — while he’s on…
Dan Weiss / August 23, 2016

Review: Vince Staples Remains More Reality Than Television on ‘Prima Donna’ EP

Vince Staples records feel like transmissions. On early mixtapes like Stolen Youth and his Shyne Coldchain series, they were the raw, unfiltered diary entries of…
Matthew Ramirez / August 23, 2016

Review: De La Soul, Still Rising After All These Years on ‘and the Anonymous Nobody…’

When D.A.I.S.Y. Age survivors De La Soul announced that they were returning to the studio after a decade's hiatus — and that, instead of pushing…
Stereo Williams / August 22, 2016

Review: Myrkur Foregrounds the Grace in Black Metal on the Live ‘Mausoleum’

It’s been nearly a year since Amalie Bruun shook the metal world with M, her debut LP, and more importantly, her formal unmasking as the…
Zoe Camp / August 15, 2016
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