Reviews

David Berman’s ‘Purple Mountains’ Is a Welcome Return From an Old Master

If you don’t like Silver Jews, I’d never try to convince you that you’re wrong. Hell, I hardly like Silver Jews, and I love Silver…
Brian Howe / July 16, 2019

Thom Yorke Fully Realizes His Electronic Vision on the Bleak, Beautiful ANIMA

"Best played loud," reads a brief disclaimer for ANIMA, a visual collaboration between Thom Yorke and Paul Thomas Anderson, released on Netflix in…
Andy Cush / July 2, 2019

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Masterfully Meld Past and Present on Bandana

In addition to being one of hip hop’s most influential sample-based producers, Madlib is also among the genre’s most dedicated archivists. There’s a history lesson in…
Will Gottsegen / June 28, 2019

Jack White Rediscovers Rock’n’Roll on the Raconteurs’ Rollicking Help Us Stranger

It’s never sufficient to say Jack White has irons in the fire. Maybe stipulating that he forged the irons from scrap and split the firewood…
Brad Shoup / June 24, 2019

Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousand: The 1994 SPIN Review

This review originally appeared in SPIN’s July 1994 issue. In honor of Bee Thousand's 25th anniversary, we’re republishing it here. It's no secret that some of…
Mike Rubin / June 23, 2019

Helmet’s Betty: The 1994 SPIN Review

This review originally appeared in SPIN's August 1994 issue. In honor of Betty's 25th anniversary, we're republishing it here. To borrow the old…
Mike Rubin / June 21, 2019

Bill Callahan’s Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest Captures Family Life in All Its Complexity

"It’s been such a long time," Bill Callahan begins Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest by singing. "Why don’t you come on in?" It’s a sly…
Andy Cush / June 18, 2019

Carly Rae Jepsen Has Found Her People. Dedicated Doesn’t Play to Them Enough.

In 2011, Carly Rae Jepsen was 26 years old. Lots of people, of course, were 26 years old in 2011, but not all of them…
Katherine St. Asaph / May 21, 2019

The National’s I Am Easy to Find Has a Beauty Worth Uncovering

Initially, the National’s I Am Easy to Find feels like the band’s dull middlebrow fuckup, twelve years after Matt Berninger muttered that about…
Joshua Copperman / May 17, 2019

Ciara’s Beauty Marks Leaves Little Impression

A Dubya-era star whose pop distillations of crunk failed to win her label’s confidence at the turn of the decade, Ciara Princess Harris has spent the time since…
Alfred Soto / May 15, 2019

Holly Herndon’s PROTO Finds the Empathy and Artistry in A.I.

Writing about machine consciousness in a 1974 New York Review of Books letter to the editor, the philosopher Hubert L. Dreyfus said, "Intelligence…
Arielle Gordon / May 14, 2019

Mac DeMarco Gallops Toward Caricature on Here Comes the Cowboy

Despite his goofball persona, it’s clear there have always been depths to Mac DeMarco. Over the course of a decade, he’s refined a…
Will Gottsegen / May 10, 2019

Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride Is Relaxed and Free, If Not Quite Great

Has there ever been a better time to appreciate Vampire Weekend? This is a band, of course, whose modus operandi has long been to pierce…
Jordan Sargent / May 3, 2019

Big Thief Tune in to a Higher Frequency on the Unearthly U.F.O.F.

The first song on U.F.O.F., Big Thief’s third album, is called "Contact," and the first word in the song is "Jodi." That’s how…
Andy Cush / May 3, 2019

Review: Nas – Illmatic

Nas’s Illmatic was released on April 19, 1994. In honor of its 25th anniversary, we’ve digitized and republished our original review, which ran in the August 1994 issue of Spin.
Charles Aaron / April 19, 2019
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