Reviews

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

Blawan’s Wet Will Always Dry Is Modern Techno at Its Sharpest

If you’re not a dance-club habitué, you’ll be forgiven for taking Blawan’s Wet Will Always Dry for regulation late-2010s techno. From its maker’s background (a…
Michaelangelo Matos / June 25, 2018

On Liberation Christina Aguilera Sounds as Powerful as Ever

It's tempting to root for Christina Aguilera—she has at least a half-dozen pop classics under her belt and possessed the best pure voice of the…
Maura Johnston / June 25, 2018

If the LP Is Obsolete, Nine Inch Nails’ Bad Witch Won’t Fix It

The latest Nine Inch Nails album closes with two minutes of sonic ether that fades into a distance as hazy and difficult to make out…
Saby Reyes-Kulkarni / June 22, 2018

Nas’ Uninspired Nasir Is Silent on the Only Thing That Matters

The way Nas’ new album was released is as noteworthy as the music itself. On midnight of Thursday, June 14, the long-awaited new album from…
Israel Daramola / June 19, 2018

serpentwithfeet’s Mystic soil Is a Triumph

Serpentwithfeet’s EP blisters was a revelation, in the Biblical sense: soul at its most operatic. "Four Ethers," the lead single from soil, is characteristic,…
Katherine St. Asaph / June 19, 2018
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