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Review: Bat for Lashes’ Side Is Always a Bit Lonely on ‘The Bride’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 01, 2016Label: ParlophoneTen years ago, Natasha Khan asked "What's a Girl to Do?" on her 2006 breakthrough single,…
Stephanie Garr / June 29, 2016

Review: Yoko Ono Risks Accessibility on ‘Yes, I’m a Witch Too’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: February 19, 2016Label: Manimal GroupAt 83, Yoko Ono is still cooler (and probably more subversive) than you — not…
Stephanie Benson Garr / February 23, 2016

Coldplay Consciously Uncouple From Trademark Bathos on Appealing ‘Ghost Stories’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 20, 2014Label: ParlophoneTo Chris Martin, there's nothing more terrifying than a broken heart. While love makes him see…
Stephanie Benson / May 17, 2014

Lily Allen’s ‘Sheezus’ Is a Tepid Mess of Bitch Bombs and Botched Satire

5SPIN Rating: 5 of 10Release Date: May 06, 2014Label: Warner BrothersOh, Lily. You so had us when we first saw you eating chocolate in bed…
Stephanie Benson / May 7, 2014

Liars Bring The Noise, Funk, Bath Salts On Mesmerizing ‘Mess’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: March 25, 2014Label: muteLiars don't simply write songs. They create musical translations of our collective existential crises.
Stephanie Benson / March 22, 2014

Mazzy Star’s ‘Seasons of Your Day’ and Frankie Rose’s ‘Herein Wild’: Two Generations of Nostalgic Dreamers Aim for 2013 Shivers

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: September 24, 2013Label: Rhymes of an HourMazzy Star, Seasons of Your Day (Rhymes of an Hour) 8…
Stephanie Benson / September 25, 2013

Washed Out’s ‘Paracosm’ Drifts into the Undertow of His Own New Age-Disney Dream World

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: August 13, 2013Label: Sub PopErnest Greene is obsessed with creating a "feel." Hell, his 2009 breakout song as the…
Stephanie Benson / August 12, 2013

Savages, ‘Silence Yourself’ (Pop Noire/Matador)

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 07, 2013Label: Pop Noire/MatadorSavages dare you to judge this, the London quartet's debut full-length, by its cover —…
Stephanie Benson / May 6, 2013

Johnny Marr, ‘The Messenger’ (Sire/ADA)

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: February 26, 2013Label: Sire/ADAWhile some still wrestle with Coachella 2013's most vexing mystery — Who Are the Stone Roses?
Stephanie Benson / February 27, 2013

Green Day, ‘¡Tre!’ (Reprise)

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: December 11, 2012Label: RepriseThe fact that Green Day have released a back-to-roots/back-to-basics trilogy the same year each of its…
Stephanie Benson / December 13, 2012

Bloc Party, ‘Four’ (Frenchkiss)

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: August 21, 2012Label: FrenchkissBloc Party have never gotten over all those Gang of Four comparisons. The London quartet keeps…
Stephanie Benson / August 24, 2012

The Ting Tings, ‘Sounds From Nowheresville’ (Sony)

3SPIN Rating: 3 of 10Release Date: March 12, 2012Label: SonyBack in 2008, the bratty British duo of Katie White and Jules De Martino hit the…
Stephanie Benson / March 27, 2012

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ (Sour Mash)

What's a year without a Gallagher brothers throwdown? Months after Liam and the rest of Oasis unveiled the score-settling Beady Eye, Noel gets in the…
Stephanie Benson / November 8, 2011

Future Islands, ‘On the Water’ (Thrill Jockey)

Baltimore's Future Islands obviously were born with their ears pointed eastward to the theatrically heartbroken land of New Order, the Cure, and David Bowie. On…
Stephanie Benson / October 11, 2011