Reviews

(Sandy) Alex G’s House of Sugar Is a Beautiful Mess

There’s an essential roughness to almost everything (Sandy) Alex G puts out. From the seesaw cadences of "Bobby" to the sprightly, confessional "
Will Gottsegen / September 17, 2019

The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs: The 1999 SPIN Review

This review originally appeared in the October 1999 issue of SPIN. In honor of the album’s 20th anniversary, we’re republishing it here. Years in…
Douglas Wolk / September 7, 2019

Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! Isn’t Afraid to Go Where Other Pop Stars Won’t

Lana Del Rey is no longer alone. At least, that’s what the cover of her new album, Normal Fucking Rockwell!, seems…
Arielle Gordon / September 5, 2019

Taylor Swift’s Lover Shines in Its Quietest Moments

Taylor Swift does not do anything quietly, not that the world would let her even if she wanted to. Her existence…
Jordan Sargent / August 26, 2019

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
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