Premature Evaluation

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's…
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

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 haunts…
Tom Breihan | March 17, 2015 - 10:13 am

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 albums…
Chris DeVille | March 16, 2015 - 9:05 am

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

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

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-business…
Tom Breihan | January 21, 2015 - 5:14 pm

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

Premature Evaluation: Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

Sometimes when I listen to Animal Collective I feel like I'm peering through a kaleidoscope into heaven, and other times I'm pretty sure I'm vomiting…
Chris DeVille | January 6, 2015 - 9:50 am

Premature Evaluation: D’Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah

Every once in awhile, an artist somewhere on the R&B/soul/black music spectrum releases an album that's simultaneously an attempt to come to grips with America,…
Phil Freeman | December 15, 2014 - 11:47 am

Premature Evaluation: Nicki Minaj The Pinkprint

For months now, for the whole leadup to the release of The Pinkprint, the question surrounding the album has been this: Pop Nicki or Mixtape…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy

The Smashing Pumpkins defy easy narratives, but it seems safe to say the band's "classic era" ended as soon as its "classic lineup" fractured. The…
Michael Nelson | December 2, 2014 - 11:54 am

Premature Evaluation: TV On The Radio Seeds

2014 has been an interesting year for the creative forces behind the early-'00s New York rock renaissance. Julian Casablancas went into messily experimental prog-pop overdrive…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2014 - 10:06 am

Premature Evaluation: Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

There's a moment on the third episode of Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl's new HBO show, where Grohl warns his bandmates not to let their environment…
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2014 - 9:33 am

Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989

"Respect motherfucking craft when you hear it." Writing for Brooklyn's L Magazine six years ago, that was how I ended my review of Taylor Swift's…
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Premature Evaluation: Flying Lotus You’re Dead!

Full disclosure: I am not exactly well-versed in the deep, labyrinthine history of jazz music. Sure, I know my Mingus from my Monk, my Coltrane…
Patric Fallon | October 3, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Premature Evaluation: Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End

The first single from Weezer's new album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, opens with an apology. That song, of course, is "Back To
Michael Nelson | September 30, 2014 - 9:35 am
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