Reviews

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

Review: Lambchop’s This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) Is a Humble Triumph of Autotune

On Kurt Wagner’s latest Lambchop album, This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You), there are a lot of lyrics about light, and how it…
Winston Cook-Wilson / March 29, 2019

American Football’s New Album Might Be Their Best Yet

All three American Football records are self-titled, and all sound like their covers: The first one is dusky and wistful, the second pleasant enough but…
Joshua Copperman / March 21, 2019

Review: Blur – 13

Blur's 13 was released March 15, 1999. In honor of its 20th anniversary, we’ve digitized and republished our original review, which ran in the May 1999 issue of Spin.
Barry Walters / March 17, 2019

Kehlani’s While We Wait Is Worth It

Kehlani Parrish is very good at what she does: hazy, deceptively ethereal R&B tracks from which hooks bubble up as clear and plentiful…
Katherine St. Asaph / March 6, 2019

Solange’s When I Get Home Is Proudly Enigmatic

Solange Knowles has worked for this moment. For a period of her career, the singer was simply "Beyoncé’s sister," trying to…
Israel Daramola / March 6, 2019

Hand Habits’ ‘placeholder’ Finds Beauty in Ambiguity

placeholder, the title of the new album by Hand Habits, may at first scan as a wry joke, à la the Breeders’ Title TK: We…
Andy Cush / March 5, 2019

Weezer’s Black Album Is Neither As Good or As Bad As You Hoped

In the 19 years since their reunion, Weezer’s most memorable songs have been jokes. Recall "Beverly Hills," in which Rivers Cuomo explains why he wants…
Lucas Fagen / March 4, 2019
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