Track Reviews

Taylor Swift’s “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince” Is a Perfect Fantasy for Our Dysfunctional Times

What’s amazing about Lover is not how ambitious it is, or how sound its concept—it’s that, as with Reputation, Taylor Swift…
Will Gottsegen / August 23, 2019

Bon Iver’s “Faith” Finds Intimacy in the Incommunicable

  Since the "foreign roads" of For Emma, For Ever Ago began winding toward the metaphysical Ace Hotels of 22, A Million, Justin Vernon…
Will Gottsegen / July 12, 2019

Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” Plays It Too Safe to Matter

Like so many of us, Taylor Swift could probably use a break from Twitter. Her last album, the improbably solid Reputation, saw Swift leaning into something like a newfound dark…
Will Gottsegen / June 14, 2019

Bon Iver’s “Hey, Ma” Is All Love and Light

In times when sincerity is not only scary, but scarce, Justin Vernon remains throughly committed to the idea. From the first chords on For Emma,…
Will Gottsegen / June 3, 2019

Beyoncé’s Version of “Before I Let Go” Is a Classic in Its Own Right

A year ago, Beyoncé threw headlined Coachella, staging a celebration of her magnanimous career, one which lead her to become the first-ever black woman to sit atop…
Israel Daramola / April 18, 2019

Lil Uzi Vert’s “That’s a Rack” Brims With Manic Energy

Lil Uzi Vert is in a strange sort-of career purgatory at the moment. He’s currently in a contract dispute with his…
Israel Daramola / April 12, 2019

Vampire Weekend’s “This Life” Is Their Best New Song Yet

For every heady, conceptually knotty Vampire Weekend song, there's an equal and opposite one that doesn't take itself so seriously. For every "Giving Up The Gun" there's…
Will Gottsegen / April 4, 2019

We Regret to Inform You About This Logic Song That Sounds Exactly Like RHCP in 1999

Supermarket, Logic's new album, opens with a song called "Bohemian Trapsody." It has the canned-sounding, slick-but-still-shitty mix of a GarageBand recording. It rides the same three chords…
Andy Cush / April 4, 2019

Jacquees and Lil Baby’s “Your Peace” Rises Above ’90s R&B Nostalgia

It can be hard to decipher whether Jacquees' appeal is authentic, or a byproduct of the warm nostalgic vibes of the late '90s and early…
Israel Daramola / March 27, 2019

Black Midi’s “Crow’s Perch” Is Strange and Uncompromising Post-Punk

Black Midi have earned themselves a reputation as one of the most exciting bands in their hometown of London. Playing what could be broadly described as…
Andy Cush / March 26, 2019

Vampire Weekend Dive Deeper on “Big Blue”

Vampire Weekend have always liked difficult questions. Throughout their discography, amidst the clever love songs and indictments of uptown Manhattan’s social milieu, there’s been a…
Will Gottsegen / March 6, 2019

The National Settle Into a Cautious Optimism on “You Had Your Soul With You”

The National weren’t always like this. Somewhere in the long comedown from High Violet, the brazen candor that had defined the band’s early albums was…
Will Gottsegen / March 5, 2019

Vampire Weekend Made It a Hot Line, Then Made it a Hot Song

"Remembrances of holy days in Tarrytown and Rye," Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend sings on "Finger Back," from the band’s 2013 cosmopolitan masterpiece Modern Vampires…
Andy Cush / January 24, 2019

YNW Melly’s Melancholic “No Heart” Has a Lot of It

The most striking thing about We All Shine, the latest project from South Florida rapper YNW Melly, is how much more melodic it is than…
Israel Daramola / January 18, 2019

There’s Fire and Fury In the Psychic Gymnastics of Future’s “Baptiize”

Future has always claimed to have two sides. "Future" is the world-weary, streetwise drug dealer whose untempered aggression fueled many of the rapper’s early classics. But…
Will Gottsegen / January 18, 2019
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