Album Of The Week


I don't have a lot of use for PC Music. The shadowy UK collective, which has built an aesthetic on bright plastic pop-music collisions, is…
Tom Breihan | November 24, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Album Of The Week: Freddie Gibbs Shadow Of A Doubt

A quick note: I haven't heard Adele's 25 yet. Nobody has. I bet it's good, though! There is a phenomenon, discussed in certain…
Tom Breihan | November 17, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Album Of The Week: Eric Church Mr. Misunderstood

We are now a few years deep into the age of the surprise album-release, but those releases usually look more like gleaming corporate machinery rumbling…
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Album Of The Week: Young Thug Slime Season 2

On “Phoenix,” the eighth song on the new Young Thug mixtape Slime Season 2, Thug is talking to a woman, and he tells her this:…
Tom Breihan | November 3, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Album Of The Week: Beach Slang The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Halfway through Beach Slang's debut album, on a song called "I Break Guitars," frontman James Alex asks a rhetorical question: "If rock and roll is…
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Album Of The Week: Julien Baker Sprained Ankle

In the single most quotable moment of her debut album Sprained Ankle, the 19-year-old Tennessee singer-songwriter Julien Baker plaintively and matter-of-factly mutter-coos, "Wish I could…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Album Of The Week: Majical Cloudz Are You Alone?

There is nothing in the world like a great fall album. The fall album is a hard thing to define or quantify. You can mostly…
Tom Breihan | October 13, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Album Of The Week: Kelela Hallucinogen

One of the albums that was on a tiny shortlist for Album Of The Week last week was Unbreakable, the first new Janet Jackson album…
Tom Breihan | October 6, 2015 - 12:03 pm

Album Of The Week: Autre Ne Veut Age Of Transparency

Everyone who talks about Arthur Ashin's music talks about it in R&B terms, but it's increasingly apparent that Ashin is not an R&B singer, that…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Album Of The Week: Chvrches Every Open Eye

"Clearest Blue," the best song on Chvrches' ridiculously good sophomore album Every Open Eye, doesn't have the structure of a standard pop song. There's no…
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Album Of The Week: Ought Sun Coming Down

There's an overwhelming, all-pervading anxiety to Ought, the young Montreal band, that goes beyond the band's actual music. This is a band born of anxiety.
Tom Breihan | September 15, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Album Of The Week: Empress Of Me

If you never heard Paper Television, the 2007 album from the Portland duo the Blow, you missed something small but special. Back before he devoted…
Tom Breihan | September 8, 2015 - 9:16 am

Album Of The Week: Joan Shelley Over And Even

As far as I can tell, my father has only ever really enjoyed one very specific form of popular music: Folk music, as sung by…
Tom Breihan | September 1, 2015 - 11:41 am

Album Of The Week: All Dogs Kicking Every Day

This is a big, big week for new albums. It's so big, in fact, that two of this week's releases, the Weeknd's Beauty Behind The
Tom Breihan | August 25, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Album Of The Week: Carly Rae Jepsen E•MO•TION

I was a snarly 14-year-old punk in training the one time I ever went to Disney World. The whole bajillion-hour drive down to Florida, I…
Tom Breihan | August 18, 2015 - 9:56 am

Album Of The Week: Lil B & Chance The Rapper Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)

We at Stereogum stopped running our Mixtape Of The Week column earlier this year; it first became The Week In Rap and then Status Ain't…
Tom Breihan | August 11, 2015 - 11:34 am

Album Of The Week: HEALTH Death Magic

HEALTH don't sound much like a punk band these days. Really, they didn't sound much like a punk band when we first met them, nearly…
Tom Breihan | August 4, 2015 - 10:25 am

Album Of The Week: Migos Yung Rich Nation

Before we get started, and before you ask: Titus Andronicus' The Most Lamentable Tragedy is a great album, one you should hear. But I already…
Tom Breihan | July 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Album Of The Week: Mas Ysa Seraph

Some weeks, the new-release calendar tops out at "pretty good," and this is one of those weeks. I really don't understand how shit like this…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Album Of The Week: Jason Isbell Something More Than Free

Before we get into this week's album, some housekeeping is in order. As Michael explored in last week's column, Global Release Day is firmly in…
Tom Breihan | July 14, 2015 - 10:28 am
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