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

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: January 13, 2015Label: RCAJazmine Sullivan tweeted a threat in 2011 that she was leaving the biz: "i'm trying to…
Alfred Soto / January 13, 2015

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Preserve Their Legacy on ‘Hypnotic Eye’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: July 29, 2014Label: RepriseTom Petty would like you to know he's been doing this shit forever and likely…
Alfred Soto / July 29, 2014

Owen Pallett’s Avant Chamber-Pop Plumbs New Depths on ‘In Conflict’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 27, 2014Label: Domino/Secret CityOwen Pallett's Best Score nod for Her ranked with Elliott Smith's among the bigger Oscar…
Alfred Soto / May 26, 2014

Aussie Rapper Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’ Is a Stone Cold Dud

4SPIN Rating: 4 of 10Release Date: April 15, 2014Label: Island Def JamShe's a singer and a rapper, the first white woman to appear on the…
Alfred Soto / April 16, 2014

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

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: March 04, 2014Label: ATODrive-By Truckers began as a great band that wrote good songs, and have turned into a…
Alfred Soto / March 4, 2014

Angel Olsen’s Stark, Fraught ‘Burn Your Fire for No Witness’ Is Equal Parts Heat and Smoke

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: February 18, 2014Label: JagjaguwarAngel Olsen buries a thesis statement at the end of her third album, Burn Your Fire…
Alfred Soto / February 21, 2014

One Direction Pour Some Sugar on You on the Audacious, Priapic ‘Midnight Memories’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: November 26, 2013Label: ColumbiaWhen the cheering stops, pay for more cheering. It's what record companies do, even in this…
Alfred Soto / November 25, 2013

Cass McCombs Lets It Roll With the Spooky, Overstuffed ‘Big Wheel and Others’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: October 15, 2013Label: DominoBig Wheel and Others has an awful lot of songs. Big whoop. Cass McCombs released an…
Alfred Soto / October 18, 2013

MGMT’s Muddled Third Album Will Leave You Just as Confused as They Seem to Be

4SPIN Rating: 4 of 10Release Date: September 17, 2013Label: ColumbiaAmong the things for which we should be grateful to Spandau Ballet: the blood-simple guitar hook…
Alfred Soto / September 11, 2013

Pet Shop Boys, ‘Electric’ (x2)

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 16, 2013Label: x2Being boring suits Pet Shop Boys as poorly as Bruce Springsteen covering one of their songs.
Alfred Soto / July 16, 2013

The National, ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ (4AD)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 21, 2013Label: 4ADAnatomies of melancholy in modern music rarely come with skeletons as complete as the National's. Their…
Alfred Soto / May 22, 2013

David Bowie, ‘The Next Day’ (Columbia/Iso)

5SPIN Rating: 5 of 10Release Date: March 05, 2013Label: Columbia/IsoThis didn't need to happen. In 2003, David Bowie hung a "Mission Accomplished!" banner over the…
Alfred Soto / March 4, 2013

Perfume Genius, ‘Put Your Back N 2 It’ (Matador)

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: February 20, 2012Label: MatadorThe album title might look gangsta, and in its own way, Mike Hadreas' second album lives…
Alfred Soto / March 7, 2012