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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…
Alfred Soto / January 13, 2015

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

Tom Petty would like you to know he's been doing this shit forever and likely will after the seas consume coastal cities. "I've got a…
Alfred Soto / July 29, 2014

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

Owen Pallett's Best Score nod for Her ranked with Elliott Smith's among the bigger Oscar surprises of recent years. Toiling in the background as an…
Alfred Soto / May 26, 2014

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

She's a singer and a rapper, the first white woman to appear on the cover of XXL, and an uninformed expert on Aborigines. She has…
Alfred Soto / April 16, 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

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

Angel Olsen buries a thesis statement at the end of her third album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. On "Window," over a barely audible…
Alfred Soto / February 21, 2014

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

When the cheering stops, pay for more cheering. It's what record companies do, even in this age of corporate thrift, and that's why being in…
Alfred Soto / November 25, 2013

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

Big Wheel and Others has an awful lot of songs. Big whoop. Cass McCombs released an awful lot of music in 2011, too: two albums'
Alfred Soto / October 18, 2013

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

Among the things for which we should be grateful to Spandau Ballet: the blood-simple guitar hook anchoring their 1983 global hit "True." Hip-hop and R&B…
Alfred Soto / September 11, 2013

Pet Shop Boys, ‘Electric’ (x2)

Being boring suits Pet Shop Boys as poorly as Bruce Springsteen covering one of their songs. Fortunately, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have addressed the…
Alfred Soto / July 16, 2013

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

Anatomies of melancholy in modern music rarely come with skeletons as complete as the National's. Their audience continues to expand — hell, I heard "Fake…
Alfred Soto / May 22, 2013

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

This didn't need to happen. In 2003, David Bowie hung a "Mission Accomplished!" banner over the breadth of his career, and just like our reaction…
Alfred Soto / March 4, 2013

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

The album title might look gangsta, and in its own way, Mike Hadreas' second album lives up to that billing. As he proved on his…
Alfred Soto / March 7, 2012