Premature Evaluation

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'…
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2014 - 4:29 pm
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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
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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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Premature Evaluation: Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes deserves to be taken on its own terms -- and on those terms, it's a marvelous piece of work. This is a…
Chris DeVille | September 26, 2014 - 4:20 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Aphex Twin SYRO

Here's how fucking weird 2014 is: Aphex Twin returned from a decade-long exile with a new album, and the thing sounds comforting. If you're old…
Tom Breihan | September 18, 2014 - 1:47 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Alt-J This Is All Yours

With An Awesome Wave, their Mercury Prize-winning 2012 debut album, Alt-J went from 0 to 100 real quick, transforming from anonymous schlubs into world-famous rock…
Chris DeVille | September 16, 2014 - 3:09 pm
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Premature Evaluation: U2 Songs Of Innocence

On Tuesday afternoon, you could do a Twitter search for the phrase "who is U2" and come away with some serious food for thought. Not…
Tom Breihan | September 11, 2014 - 11:04 am
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Premature Evaluation: Death From Above 1979 The Physical World

A decade ago, when Death From Above 1979 first stalked the earth, it was hard to know what to do with them. They weren't dance-punk,…
Tom Breihan | September 3, 2014 - 9:50 am
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Premature Evaluation: Interpol El Pintor

Does the world need another Interpol album? I ask because El Pintor is best described as "another Interpol album." This is objectively true in the…
Chris DeVille | August 28, 2014 - 10:05 am
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Premature Evaluation: Spoon They Want My Soul

There's a moment on Spoon's new song "Outlier" where Britt Daniel sneaks a sharp splinter of film criticism into one of the tough, terse, personal…
Tom Breihan | July 28, 2014 - 3:09 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Morrissey World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Long one of rock and roll's most cantankerous headline makers, the past eighteen months have seen Morrissey refining his troublemaking tactics in new and unforesee…
Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | July 7, 2014 - 9:59 am
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Premature Evaluation: Aphex Twin Caustic Window

There aren't many reasons why a finished album would never be released to the public. Most available explanations might involve irreconcilable differences between an artist…
Patric Fallon | June 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence

There were plenty of good reasons not to like Born To Die, Lana Del Rey's first album, and there were plenty of bad reasons, too.
Tom Breihan | June 13, 2014 - 10:22 am
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Premature Evaluation: Jack White Lazaretto

Jack White seems to be in a weird life-place right now. As someone who regularly writes news stories about White, writing news stories about White…
Tom Breihan | June 2, 2014 - 5:23 pm
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