Reviews

Nicki Minaj’s Queen Doesn’t Transcend the Controversy

Part of the experiment in considering Queen, Nicki Minaj's latest album and the follow-up to 2014's The Pinkprint, is ignoring the five-month promotional cycle that preceded it. In…
Israel Daramola / August 16, 2018

Astroworld Only Has One Problem—Travis Scott

Of the many Kanye West clones in music, Travis Scott is the most actualized. This is a feat he has accomplished by replicating Kanye’s penchant…
Israel Daramola / August 8, 2018

Review: YG’s Solid Stay Dangerous Reveals the Personal Side of His West Coast Formula

Some rappers ride the beat. YG steps into DJ Mustard productions like Tony Stark getting into the Iron Man suit. Stay Dangerous, the…
Evan McGarvey / August 6, 2018

The Internet Are Thinking Bigger Than Ever on Hive Mind

Hive Mind suggests conformity and homogeneity, but the title of the Internet's latest album is more concerned with the emotional range of the musicians behind the moniker.
Isabella Castro-Cota / August 1, 2018

Deafheaven’s Ordinary Corrupt Human Love Is Their Most Expansive Album Yet

The following is a partial inventory of epithets assigned to the Bay Area metal band Deafheaven since their formation at the dawn of the decade:…
Zoe Camp / July 24, 2018

Dirty Projectors Try Too Hard to Sound Carefree on Lamp Lit Prose

If not crazy in love, Dave Longstreth has been struck dumb: "She is so dreamy / That she got features on Fellini" and "Archimedes Palimpsest…
Ian Cohen / July 20, 2018

Years & Years’ Tentative Palo Santo Is an Unsatisfying Follow-Up

Three years after a debut of unusual density—a flowering plant with thorns—Years & Years feel confident enough to kick the blues away. It's a canny…
Alfred Soto / July 18, 2018

03 Greedo Compels Even at His Darkest Moments on God Level

When 03 Greedo pled guilty to a drugs and weapons possession charge that led to a prison sentencing of 20 years with a…
Israel Daramola / July 18, 2018

Body/Head Bring the Noise to the Front on Sweltering Second Album The Switch

Consciously or unconsciously, Body/Head’s latest is indisputably an album for or about summertime, a No Wave mirror held up to our present, perspiring moment. It…
Raymond Cummings / July 13, 2018

John Coltrane’s Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album Is a Fascinating Piece of Jazz History

Not until the last two years of his life did John Coltrane really stop performing jazz standards. He began to focus on ecstatic group improvisations (Ascension…
Winston Cook-Wilson / July 5, 2018

There’s a Solid Drake Album Hidden Somewhere Inside Scorpion

More Life, Drake’s last release, was billed not as an album or a mixtape but a "playlist," a nebulous designation that served in part…
Andy Cush / July 2, 2018

Damon Albarn’s Introspective Futurism Takes Center Stage on Gorillaz’ The Now Now

Damon Albarn's long-running, genre-hopping Gorillaz project has typically taken its time between releases in the past, so it's reasonable to approach The Now Now—Gorillaz's sixth…
Larry Fitzmaurice / June 29, 2018

Florence and the Machine Turns to the Light on the Revelatory High as Hope

Florence Welch possesses a supernatural voice—the kind that can summon long-buried ghosts, and then obliterate them fully with a gale-force roar. But despite this vocal…
Annie Zaleski / June 28, 2018

Rico Nasty Masterfully Navigates Genre and Style on Nasty

In a post-Soundcloud rap scene that identifies as emo, Rico Nasty is assuredly its riot grrrl. Since 2016, she’s fine-tuned her brash, sour-then-sweet persona invoking…
Israel Daramola / June 27, 2018

Jay Rock’s Redemption Extends TDE’s Hot Streak

For three decades and counting, Los Angeles has been home to historic hip-hop dynasties that have changed pop culture. Without question, Compton has had the…
Jesse Fairfax / June 26, 2018
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