Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Chance The Rapper Coloring Book

It probably doesn't happen the same way for everyone, but there's this phenomenon, in the moments after your first kid is born, where your whole…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2016 - 3:26 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool

"If you think this is over, then you're wrong." When that statement echoed across the final minutes of Radiohead's previous album, 2011's The King Of
Chris DeVille | May 9, 2016 - 12:43 pm
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Premature Evaluation: James Blake The Colour In Anything

Do something for me. Watch the video below. You'll be glad you did. It's Bill Withers, onstage in a stadium in Zaire in 1974. He's…
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2016 - 2:06 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Drake Views

It's been five years since Drake discovered the wonders and mysteries of his own ass. On 2011's Take Care, his second album, Drake managed to…
Tom Breihan | April 29, 2016 - 3:25 pm
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Premature Evaluation: PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project

When Polly Jean Harvey came up, she was singing about matters of personal apocalypse, about anger and self-doubt and vengeance and love and righteousness. Her…
Tom Breihan | April 11, 2016 - 11:58 am
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Premature Evaluation: M83 Junk

The Post-Breakthrough Freakout album is a proud pop-music tradition, one that extends to just about every genre of music. Artists toil in obscurity for years,…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2016 - 10:10 am
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Premature Evaluation: Weezer’s “White Album”

In 2003, a still-hyphenated and still-vital Jay-Z released his "farewell" opus, The Black Album. One of the biggest albums in history, Metallica's self-titled 1991 blockbuster,…
Chris DeVille | March 25, 2016 - 1:47 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar can do anything right now. When he was following up good kid, m.A.A.d. city, he could've done the easy prestige-rap things -- rapping…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2016 - 3:08 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Animal Collective Painting With

There's a conversation that emerges naturally surrounding every band or artist that survives for longer than four or five LPs. And that conversation always begins…
Raymond Cummings | February 16, 2016 - 1:41 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Kanye West The Life Of Pablo

"Name one genius that ain't crazy." That's Kanye West on "Feedback," delivering the single most quotable line of his new album The Life Of Pablo
Tom Breihan | February 15, 2016 - 12:47 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Rihanna ANTI

We've never really anticipated a Rihanna album before, since we've never really had to anticipate one before. For years, she was clockwork, cranking out a…
Tom Breihan | January 28, 2016 - 3:39 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Coldplay A Head Full Of Dreams

If A Head Full Of Dreams really does turn out to be the last Coldplay album, the band is giving one final gift to the…
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2015 - 10:00 am
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Premature Evaluation: Adele 25

Adele is 27, and she thinks that means she's old. 25, her third album and the third one she's named after the age she was…
Tom Breihan | November 20, 2015 - 8:28 am
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Premature Evaluation: Grimes Art Angels

Well, now we know where the last almost-four years went. You don't just make an album like this overnight. Grimes has been working on her…
Tom Breihan | November 6, 2015 - 10:00 am
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Premature Evaluation: Joanna Newsom Divers

The first thing you need to know about Divers is that it is manageable. Eleven tracks with a combined runtime of 54 minutes might not…
Chris DeVille | October 20, 2015 - 12:13 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Beach House Thank Your Lucky Stars

So far, all of Beach House's albums have required you to give up a part of yourself to fully appreciate them. They're sweeping, broad swaths…
James Rettig | October 16, 2015 - 10:13 am
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Premature Evaluation: Deerhunter Fading Frontier

Around the time of 2010 career pinnacle Halcyon Digest, it became clear that Deerhunter were the greatest indie rock band of their generation. By "indie…
Chris DeVille | October 12, 2015 - 2:49 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Deafheaven New Bermuda

It was 2013, Thursday heading into Memorial Day Weekend, and we were standing in the rain in a parking lot in Baltimore. This was Maryland…
Michael Nelson | September 23, 2015 - 11:14 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Disclosure Caracal

The albums that end up hurting us the most aren't necessarily the ones that suck the hardest. There can be a charge to hearing a…
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2015 - 10:47 am
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Premature Evaluation: Ryan Adams 1989

One of society's great blights is the plague of sensitive acoustic-guitar-slinging white guys playing ironic-not-ironic covers of big, sparkly pop songs. Every once in a…
Tom Breihan | September 21, 2015 - 5:10 pm
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