Sean Fennessey

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Lil Wayne, ‘Tha Carter IV’ (Young Money/Cash Money)

Some great artists burst in and burn out. Rappers, especially, struggle to sustain relevance, let alone greatness. What happened this year with Watch the Throne,…
Sean Fennessey / August 29, 2011

TV on the Radio, ‘Nine Types of Light’

TV on the Radio have been many things in the decade since they first dive-bombed New York City's outer boroughs. Arty a cappella reductionists on…
Sean Fennessey / April 12, 2011

Review: Lykke Li, ‘Wounded Rhymes’

When the Swedish pop ingenue Lykke Li first arrived in 2007 at all of 21, she was an adorable little thing, singing and shimmying with…
Sean Fennessey / March 1, 2011

Rookie of the Year: Nicki Minaj

"I represent my entire generation," a female vocal careens from Studio A at Daddy's House, the dingy midtown Manhattan recording mecca owned by Sean "Diddy"
Sean Fennessey / December 14, 2010

Vado, ‘Slime Flu’ (E1)

Vado is a disciple of fellow Harlemite and eloquent asshole Cam'ron. But unlike his mentor, Vado lacks silk or slyness. He's all about brusqueness, from…
Sean Fennessey / November 3, 2010

Neil Young, ‘Le Noise’ (Reprise)

"When will I learn how to give back?" Neil Young asks on "Rumblin'." It's the last song on this brief, solitary, claustrophobic album, and might…
Sean Fennessey / September 30, 2010

Kid Cudi: How He Made It in America

He's a uniquely gifted rapper who's scored a left-field hit, forgiving fans, and a coveted co-sign from Kanye West. So why does Kid Cudi appear…
Sean Fennessey / September 14, 2010

The Walkmen, ‘Lisbon’ (Fat Possum)

For years, this New York City quintet has been a raging beast of regret and anger, sloshing through their 20s, spilling bourbon on their shoes.
Sean Fennessey / August 23, 2010

Department of Eagles, ‘Archive 2003–2006′ (American Dust)

Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen has been making time for side project Department of Eagles (his first proper band) since 2000, working with NYU buddy Fred…
Sean Fennessey / July 13, 2010

Big Boi, ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’ (Def Jam)

For years, André "3000" Benjamin has been valorized as OutKast's engine, its creative heartbeat, its auteur, and its soul. But Dre is nowhere to be…
Sean Fennessey / July 2, 2010

Rapper of the Year: Drake

[Editor's Note: Drake's debut full-length, Thank Me Later, was released today, June 15, 2010. This article originally appeared in SPIN's January 2010 issue.]…
Sean Fennessey / June 15, 2010

Kate Nash, ‘My Best Friend Is You’ (Fiction/Geffen)

Nash's 2007 debut was charming, if snippy, piano pop sung by a kid who'd just begun to let herself cuss. Now 22, she's full-on pissy…
Sean Fennessey / April 20, 2010

Breaking Out: Titus Andronicus

"You call yourself a bowler? More like Ebola!" sneers Patrick Stickles, singer-guitarist for po-mo New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus, trashtalking the competition at Brooklyn's Melody…
Sean Fennessey / March 31, 2010

Erykah Badu, ‘New AmErykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh’ (Universal Motown)

Erykah Badu has always been elusive -- this is just her fifth full-length since 1997 -- but when she surfaces, she stuns. If 2008's extraordinary…
Sean Fennessey / March 30, 2010

Review: Broken Bells, ‘Broken Bells’

It now has been three years since the Shins last changed your life. So blessed and cursed by the instant indie ubiquity of the Garden…
Sean Fennessey / March 4, 2010

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