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Premature Evaluation: Pallbearer Heartless

Heartless landed in my inbox on the 16th of December, in the late afternoon. This was five days before the winter solstice -- the shortest…
Michael Nelson | March 23, 2017 - 10:27 am

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Premature Evaluation: Drake More Life

"A playlist." I love it. I fucking love it. What a beautiful cop-out. In labeling his new album More Life something other than an album…
Tom Breihan | March 20, 2017 - 1:26 pm

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Premature Evaluation: The Jesus And Mary Chain Damage And Joy

This year, Psychocandy, the Jesus And Mary Chain's first album, turns 32. As it happens, that's the same age, more or less, that rock 'n'
Tom Breihan | March 17, 2017 - 9:29 am

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Premature Evaluation: Spoon Hot Thoughts

Back in 2008, the year that Spoon headlined the last day of the Pitchfork Music Festival, they got into town early. When bands are playing…
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2017 - 12:13 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Sun Kil Moon Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood

Time for some game theory: Mark Kozelek is a closeted Twitter addict. I don't expect to see him get some kind of Ted Haggard-esque comeuppance…
Ian Cohen | February 21, 2017 - 10:00 am

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Premature Evaluation: Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors' first new album in five years is stunningly evocative and wildly inventive, the sort of boundary-pushing album that comes along pretty infrequently. (Bon…
James Rettig | February 17, 2017 - 12:44 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Ryan Adams Prisoner

You usually can't take Ryan Adams seriously when he discusses his influences. He's a metalhead, a hardcore acolyte, and a diehard Simple Minds fan. None…
Ryan Leas | February 13, 2017 - 11:28 am

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Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

You have to feel for Japandroids. For their second album, they achieved such a perfect distillation of their sound, a rock record so nourishing and…
Tom Breihan | January 19, 2017 - 3:09 pm

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Premature Evaluation: The xx I See You

I once had a college professor who gave a whole class on how important the opening sentence of a novel is. A great opening line…
Tom Breihan | January 6, 2017 - 11:19 am

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Premature Evaluation: Run The Jewels RTJ3

Up until now, the story of Run The Jewels has been one of breathless, visceral forward motion. In the five years since Adult Swim music…
Chris DeVille | December 26, 2016 - 8:43 am

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Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Starboy

You're not supposed to be able to do this anymore. You're not supposed to make music that's fueled by sex and drugs -- that's explicitly
Tom Breihan | November 28, 2016 - 3:28 pm

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Premature Evaluation: A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

David Bowie knew that Blackstar would be his goodbye. Leonard Cohen knew that You Want It Darker would be his goodbye. And there's at least…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2016 - 9:08 am

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Premature Evaluation: Lady Gaga Joanne

You have to respect the intent, anyway. Lady Gaga ascended to transcendent stardom by ditching anything that anyone could ever consider authentic in music, going…
Tom Breihan | October 21, 2016 - 10:04 am

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Premature Evaluation: Solange A Seat At The Table

Solange Knowles is no longer the Angry Black Woman. In the four years since Solange released her excellent True EP in November 2012,…
Collin Robinson | September 30, 2016 - 12:15 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Bon Iver 22, A Million

The last album was supposed to be the weird one. After unexpectedly blowing the fuck up and selling a half-million copies of his isolationist spectral-folk…
Tom Breihan | September 29, 2016 - 12:24 pm
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