Premature Evaluation

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

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

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

Premature Evaluation: Drake & Future What A Time To Be Alive

The relationship between Future and Drake goes back about four years, to the moment when Drake rapped about passing out Valium and how only older…
Tom Breihan | September 21, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Premature Evaluation: Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down

Wakin On A Pretty Daze felt like a happy ending for Kurt Vile. The album's blissed-out folk-rock jams doubled as portraits of a rock star…
Chris DeVille | September 21, 2015 - 10:19 am

Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Honeymoon

"We both know that it's not fashionable to love me." That's the first line that Lana Del Rey sings on her new album, Honeymoon. This,…
Tom Breihan | September 18, 2015 - 8:38 am

Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd Beauty Behind The Madness

There was a moment in the late '80s when Michael Jackson was both the biggest pop star in the world and, arguably at least, the…
Tom Breihan | August 24, 2015 - 9:58 am

Premature Evaluation: Beach House Depression Cherry

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. — Schopenhauer There's a bloom in the dark. It's the way…
Caitlin White | August 20, 2015 - 10:00 am

Premature Evaluation: Dr. Dre Compton

When an important artist disappears for years on end, the fear is always that the artist will finally return with something underwhelming. That's not what…
Tom Breihan | August 7, 2015 - 3:25 pm

Premature Evaluation: Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy

I really didn't think that The Most Lamentable Tragedy was ever going to happen. More than two years ago, I talked to Patrick Stickles, and…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Premature Evaluation: Wilco Star Wars

You can tell a lot about a Wilco record based on the first few seconds. This is true of any album-oriented band, but especially so…
Chris DeVille | July 17, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala Currents

In the months-long lead-up to next week's release of Tame Impala's feverishly anticipated third album, Currents, there's been a consistent story. This is not the…
Ryan Leas | July 9, 2015 - 11:46 am

Premature Evaluation: Miguel Wildheart

Miguel Pimentel isn't some shamanic teller of universal truths. He's an entertainer. But he's an entertainer who's ridiculously good at pretending to be a shamanic…
Tom Breihan | June 23, 2015 - 10:28 am

Premature Evaluation: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf

I worried about Surf. It made sense to worry. Acid Rap, the last mixtape from Chance The Rapper, just burst with promise, but it wa…
Tom Breihan | June 1, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Premature Evaluation: Sun Kil Moon Universal Themes

There's an old In Living Color sketch about Tracy Chapman, from the time that In Living Color was still on and still vital and Tracy…
Tom Breihan | June 1, 2015 - 11:17 am

Premature Evaluation: Florence + The Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Florence Welch does not half-step. I mean that literally: At Coachella, Welch leapt from the stage and broke her foot, and watching her, I had…
Tom Breihan | May 29, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Premature Evaluation: A$AP Rocky At.Long.Last.A$AP

The last voice we hear on At.Long.Last.A$AP, the new A$AP Rocky album, doesn't belong to Rocky. Instead, it's a classic Dame Dash-style rant from Rocky'…
Tom Breihan | May 26, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Premature Evaluation: Jim O’Rourke Simple Songs

Jim O'Rourke has always lingered on the margins, but there was a moment when it felt like he was at the center of the musical…
Chris DeVille | May 12, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Premature Evaluation: Tyler, The Creator Cherry Bomb

Tyler, The Creator released Cherry Bomb, his fourth album if we're counting Bastard as an album, in the closing hours of this year's Coachella, a…
Tom Breihan | April 14, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell

You can't go back. Sufjan Stevens wrestles with that fact throughout Carrie & Lowell, his first proper full-length album since 2010's primal digital freakout The
Chris DeVille | March 23, 2015 - 9:04 am
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