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Premature Evaluation: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Skeleton Tree

Few artists are anything like Nick Cave. He's a legend, but still with something of a cult following. He was tied to this or that…
Ryan Leas | September 12, 2016 - 3:41 pm

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Premature Evaluation: M.I.A. AIM

M.I.A. has always been something like a genius at weaving her voice through samples: the shards of early-'00s pop on the Piracy Funds Terrorism mixtape,…
Tom Breihan | September 9, 2016 - 11:19 am

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Premature Evaluation: Wilco Schmilco

A Wilco album used to be an event. More importantly, it sounded like an event. The Chicago folk-rock band's best full-lengths -- specifically the peerless…
Chris DeVille | September 7, 2016 - 12:09 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Frank Ocean Blonde

Back when he made Channel Orange, Frank Ocean had a secret weapon, and that secret weapon was Christopher Breaux. The version of Ocean who made…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2016 - 3:25 pm

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Premature Evaluation: The Avalanches Wildflower

Obscurity is great for business. How anybody carves out any level of musical notoriety anymore without glomming onto a Kardashian is beyond me, but once…
Chris DeVille | July 1, 2016 - 1:05 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Wye Oak Tween

This morning, Wye Oak surprise-released a new sorta-album called Tween. It's been two years since their last LP -- the underrated and beautiful Shriek, which…
Ryan Leas | June 9, 2016 - 1:19 pm

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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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