Reviews

Ariana Grande’s thank u, next Is Perfect For the Moment

Whether you are charmed or irritated by Ariana Grande’s ebullient persona and impulsive gaffes, thrilled or exhausted by her popular ascendance, there’s no denying that…
Anna Gaca / February 14, 2019

Minimalism and Deep Bass Can’t Keep Panda Bear’s Buoys Afloat

For a famously chill guy known for bemoaning the importance of material things, Noah Lennox has allowed some unusually demanding promotional materials. "We…
Ian Cohen / February 8, 2019

Deerhunter’s Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? Is a Dive Into Our Impermanent Present

At the end of the title track of 2013's Monomania, the record's protagonist—presumably a thinly wigged Bradford Cox—speeds off down the highway on…
Dale Eisinger / January 24, 2019

Sharon Van Etten Embraces Chaos and Change on Remind Me Tomorrow

Sharon Van Etten releases Remind Me Tomorrow in a very different world than her previous album, 2014’s Are We There. Indisputably,…
Joshua Copperman / January 18, 2019

James Blake’s Assume Form Makes Room for Love (and Travis Scott)

Before he trusted his own heart-quivering voice, James Blake deftly made taffy out of those of others. He stretched out shape-note singing on his very…
Andy Beta / January 18, 2019

Only The 1975 Could Make an Album Like the Dizzying A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

"There are no big bands doing anything as interesting as us." This Matt Healy heat check was plastered on the cover of Billboard…
Ian Cohen / December 6, 2018

Earl Sweatshirt’s Some Rap Songs Makes the Deliberately Wrong Feel Right

On the cover of Some Rap Songs, the latest album from the enigmatic and reluctant rap star Earl Sweatshirt, there’s a shaky photograph of an…
Israel Daramola / December 5, 2018

Mariah Carey’s ‘Caution’ Proves There’s Still No One Quite Like Her

Ten years ago, Mariah Carey began her eleventh album, E=MC², with a series of cascading, a capella banshee wails, a shameless…
Winston Cook-Wilson / November 20, 2018

A New Box Set Can’t Solve the Mystery of Chris Cornell

Though not quite as drastic as Phil Collins’s transformation from a time signature-juggling prog drummer to schmaltzy pop megastar, the late Chris Cornell went through…
Saby Reyes-Kulkarni / November 16, 2018

Smashing Pumpkins Learn Some New Tricks on Shiny and Oh So Bright

When the Smashing Pumpkins followed up 1995’s 10 million-selling opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness with Adore—one of those shoegaze-y electro-rock albums…
Saby Reyes-Kulkarni / November 15, 2018

Mumford & Sons’ New Album Delta Is Doing Too Much of Everything

After a misguided detour into atmospheric rock on 2015’s Wilder Mind underperformed critically and commercially, Mumford & Sons could have returned to the acoustic singalongs…
Joshua Copperman / November 14, 2018

Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih’s MihTy Glimmers With Potential

In this era of cross-listed, audience-consolidating joint rap albums, it was only a matter of time before R&B entered the market. Longtime collaborators Ty Dolla…
Tosten Burks / November 10, 2018

NAO’s Saturn Is a Confident and Cosmic Journey of Self-Discovery

NAO begins her second album with a wish: "I hope you find your way." While it's meant as a cordial farewell…
Joshua Minsoo Kim / November 2, 2018

Robyn Mends Her Own Heart on the Subtle, Sparkling Honey

Since the release of her last album, 2010's Body Talk, Robyn has been through a lot—the death of a creative partner, a breakup,…
Maura Johnston / October 26, 2018

Cloud Nothings’ Last Building Burning Only Feels Like a Triumphant Return

As goofy-ass indie rock videos go, Cloud Nothings’ "Modern Act" remains uniquely memorable for the sole fact of debuting on November 9, 2016. Frontman Dylan…
Ian Cohen / October 24, 2018
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