Reviews

Quality Control’s Control the Streets, Volume 2 is the Sound of Now, For Better or Worse

Atlanta hip-hop empire Quality Control remains one of the most significant dynasties in the rap game. Six years deep and their roster still ranges from superstars to…
Christopher R. Weingarten / August 21, 2019

Young Thug at His Slickest Is Still Wilder Than Anyone Else

About halfway through Young Thug’s So Much Fun—the release that is being billed, somewhat arbitrarily, as his debut album—comes a song titled "What’s the Move."
Andy Cush / August 21, 2019

Sleater-Kinney’s The Center Won’t Hold is a Searing Look at the Pride and Prejudice of Aging

Sleater-Kinney's ninth album opens not with a riff or a yelp, but with ominous clanking—a cacophonous signal that the trio of…
Maura Johnston / August 20, 2019

Tool’s Fear Inoculum Is a Transcendent Return

It’s been a long wait for the new Tool album—and it’s been worth it. On Fear Inoculum, Tool’s first album in 13 years,…
Dimitri Ehrlich / August 19, 2019

Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik: The 1999 SPIN Review

This review originally appeared in the November 1999 issue of SPIN. In honor of the album's 20th anniversary, we're republishing it here. "Take these…
Joe Gross / August 17, 2019

Rick Ross’ Port of Miami 2 Will Just Make You Want to Listen to the First One

Rick Ross has made a career for himself that’s surpassed expectations to the point of being miraculous. He has done so…
Jesse Fairfax / August 14, 2019

Bon Iver’s Excellent i,i Channels the Power of Friendship

Bon Iver, the amorphous collective helmed by Justin Vernon, have only expanded over time. What began in the solitary quiet of…
Will Gottsegen / August 13, 2019

Burna Boy’s Dazzling African Giant Is One of the Year’s Best Albums So Far

If the album’s title didn’t give it away, Burna Boy has no use for modesty. With the recent release of his fourth studio album,…
Israel Daramola / July 31, 2019

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
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