Reviews

Review: Fall Out Boy Have the Wrong Ideas About Pissing Off Punk Purists

Fall Out Boy have always been more interested in being popular than cool, and the longer they stick around, the better that philosophy functions…
Al Shipley / January 19, 2018

Review: Jonny Greenwood’s Phantom Thread Soundtrack Is His Greatest Film Score Yet

There is music throughout much of Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest puzzling masterpiece Phantom Thread, which tells the story of a torrid and transformative romance between…
Winston Cook-Wilson / January 17, 2018

Review: Is Porches’ The House For Him or Us?

There were lots of remarkable things about Pool, the 2016 album by New York’s Aaron Maine, who records dreamy electropop and electro dreampop…
Brian Howe / January 16, 2018

Review: The Cranberries – To the Faithful Departed

This review of ‘To the Faithful Departed’ originally appeared in the June 1996 issue of Spin. In light of Dolores O'Riordan's passing, we are republishing it now.
Charles Aaron / January 16, 2018

Review: CupcakKe Builds Her Own Reality on Ephorize

It’s important to recognize that Elizabeth Eden Harris did not arrive fully formed. When Harris uploaded the video for her song "Vagina" to YouTube, it…
Austin Brown / January 15, 2018

Miguel’s War & Leisure Pits Personal Against Political to Sterling Effect

As Miguel Pimentel evolved from behind-the-scenes hitmaker to legitimate star, his use of guitar served as a sturdy narrative peg. Having demonstrated his facility as…
Brad Shoup / December 26, 2017

Review: Eminem Is Dead on Revival

No one has made the real time devolution from impossibly famous superstar to singular case study like Eminem has. In 2017, his legacy as a…
Brian Josephs / December 19, 2017

Songs of Experience Sounds Just Like Every Modern U2 Album

U2 and the Rolling Stones have taught us that being the biggest band in the world is the most joyless of rituals. They…
Lucas Fagen / December 19, 2017

Review: Flutes Lead Björk Into Paradise on the Stunning Utopia

At one point during "Body Memory," the sprawling main attraction of Björk’s tenth album Utopia, the Icelandic singer-songwriter seems to illustrate a central theme…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 29, 2017

Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg Traces the Outlines of the Unknowable on Rest

It has taken actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, famous since birth and a singer since age 13, time to find her words. The daughter of Jane Birkin…
Anna Gaca / November 22, 2017

Review: Aly & AJ’s Ten Years Is a Smart, Slick Reintroduction

After a decade-long hiatus that seemed more like a permanent break, one-time Disney actors turned network sitcom mainstays Aly & AJ have made a surprise…
Liz Cantrell / November 21, 2017

Review: In Embracing Evil on Reputation, Taylor Swift Has Never Sounded More Free

The opening page of Taylor Swift’s Reputation magazine—the print companion to her new album Reputation, available for…
Jordan Sargent / November 14, 2017

Review: James Holden’s The Animal Spirits Is an Ecstatic Fusion of the Electronic and Acoustic

"Incantation for Inanimate Object" is the name of the opening track on The Animal Spirits, the latest album by James Holden. The track title doubles…
Andy Cush / November 13, 2017

Review: Gunn-Truscinski Duo’s Bay Head Is a Captivating Testament to Their Musical Kinship

Steve Gunn is a journeyman of folk, rock, and experimental music. Over the last decade and change, he has released quietly contemplative albums as…
Andy Cush / November 8, 2017

Review: Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life Is a Puzzling Return to the Start of Her Career

Few successes in pop music have been as hard-earned as Kelly Clarkson’s; the story of her career is as much about fighting industry crud at…
Katherine St. Asaph / November 8, 2017
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