Premature Evaluation

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Premature Evaluation: Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly

To talk about To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar's new album, we need to talk about Tupac Amaru Shakur. Tupac is the ghost that haunt…
Tom Breihan | March 17, 2015 - 10:13 am
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Premature Evaluation: Modest Mouse Strangers To Ourselves

It feels like Modest Mouse have been away forever, so it's easy to forget that their decline into mediocrity is only one or two album…
Chris DeVille | March 16, 2015 - 9:05 am
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Premature Evaluation: Purity Ring Another Eternity

"I thought it was Taylor Swift." I was playing "Push Pull," the gorgeously shimmering lead single from Purity Ring's Another Eternity, for a…
Chris DeVille | February 26, 2015 - 2:49 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Drake is calling If You're Reading This It's Too Late a "mixtape," even though he's selling it for money and even though its stream got…
Tom Breihan | February 13, 2015 - 4:12 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Björk Vulnicura

When a brilliant artist drops a surprise album out of nowhere, like gold from the sky, it's a cause for celebration: Radiohead ripping through music-busine…
Tom Breihan | January 21, 2015 - 5:14 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love

Before we even get into how good the new Sleater-Kinney album No Cities To Love is -- and it is very good -- we should…
Tom Breihan | January 11, 2015 - 11:08 pm
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