SPIN Essentials

Review: Dev Hynes’ Aesthetic Is Fully Realized on Blood Orange’s Brilliant Negro Swan

Playing sad is easy. Sadness in music can often be as much of an aesthetic choice as the display of some sort of real vulnerability.
Israel Daramola / August 29, 2018

Neko Case’s Hell-On Is a Modern Folk Masterpiece

2016’s excellent case/lang/veirs made a case for Neko Case as an integral part of the singer-songwriter canon: not shunted off into alt-country but in touch…
Katherine St. Asaph / June 4, 2018

Kacey Musgraves’s Pristine Golden Hour Might Be a Classic

The title track of Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves’ last album, is among her subtler wordplays. "I ain’t pageant material," she sings: bad with high heels,…
Katherine St. Asaph / March 30, 2018

Amen Dunes Crafts Freedom Into His Most Compelling Album Yet

Just shy of a decade ago, Damon McMahon—the singular lifeblood of Amen Dunes—began releasing his beguiling music. On the 2009 Locust Records LP DIA, an…
Dale Eisinger / March 29, 2018

Review: Meshell Ndegeocello’s Ventriloquism Is the Rare Perfect Covers Album

In the 25 years since her Grammy-nominated debut album Plantation Lullabies, Meshell Ndegeocello has traveled quite the musical road with a blend of funk, soul, and…
Thomas Inskeep / March 22, 2018

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: Fever Ray Wants to Love and Be Loved on the Exhilarating Plunge

On a recent episode of the liberal comedy show Broad City, protagonist Ilana Wexler faces a very contemporary problem: She hasn’t been able to orgasm…
Arielle Gordon / November 2, 2017

Review: Jessie Ware Masters Her Vulnerability on the Captivating Glasshouse

No one does tasteful better than Jessie Ware, for better or worse. A few years ago, Ware's signature song was "Running," a startling…
Katherine St. Asaph / October 23, 2017

Review: LCD Soundsystem’s Dark American Dream Is an Ideal Comeback Album

You were there, even if you weren’t. When LCD Soundsystem called it quits in 2011 with a pair of sold-out Madison Square Garden concerts, it…
Jeremy Gordon / September 1, 2017

Review: Brand New Bid Us Farewell on the Great Science Fiction

The writing on the t-shirts was real: Brand New, one of the most transcendent rock bands of the new millennium are, for all intents and…
Zoe Camp / August 25, 2017

Review: Sheer Mag’s Excellent Need to Feel Your Love Proves They’re Far More Than Thin Lizzy Homage

The steady rise of Sheer Mag from Philly garage band heroes to Rolling Stone profilees feels in some ways a reaction to the trend of gauzy guitar-oriented bands…
Jeremy Gordon / July 14, 2017

Review: Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls Is His Strongest, Most Unified Project In Years

Perhaps the last Atlanta street-rap mixtape that brought to mind the sounds of a college quad on a summer Friday afternoon was Rich Homie Quan’s If You…
Winston Cook-Wilson / June 21, 2017

Review: Lorde Is a Visionary in the Dark on Melodrama

"Every decision that we made for this album, every sound we choose, every word we chose, it was so deliberated—for every word we chose, I…
Anna Gaca / June 16, 2017

Review: Fleet Foxes’ Crack-Up Is a Successfully Daring Step Forward

No matter how many dashes and parentheses Robin Pecknold inserts into his song titles, or how many Japanese mountains and medieval British monsters loom behind…
Andy Cush / June 16, 2017

Review: Phoenix Evoke Italian Summers and Late Night Romance on the Exceptional Ti Amo

Without making a big thing of it, the French rock band Phoenix has resisted modern fame’s mania for disclosure, instead cultivating an affable inscrutability and…
Brian Howe / June 9, 2017
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