Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Fucked Up Glass Boys

According to legend, punk rock began as a reaction against classic-rock excess. But every revolution calcifies into tradition eventually, and every rebellious kid has to…
Chris DeVille | May 30, 2014 - 12:55 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Coldplay Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories is a breakup album, but it's also a Coldplay album. "Call it magic/ Cut me into two," Chris Martin sings amidst the iridescent…
Chris DeVille | May 13, 2014 - 11:29 am
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Premature Evaluation: Swans To Be Kind

Have you ever heard voices? The sound of people echoing around in your head, unsettling you deeply, even when you know they're not real? I…
Tom Breihan | May 5, 2014 - 9:27 am
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Premature Evaluation: Agalloch The Serpent & The Sphere

The fifth full-length album from Portland, OR-based black-ish metal band Agalloch, The Serpent & The Sphere, opens with a 10-and-a-half-minute track called "Birth And Death…
Michael Nelson | April 7, 2014 - 11:11 am
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Premature Evaluation: The Hold Steady Teeth Dreams

There are two different ways to experience a Hold Steady album for the first time. There is, of course, the first time you throw the…
Tom Breihan | March 17, 2014 - 11:29 am
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Premature Evaluation: The War On Drugs Lost In The Dream

One afternoon last week, your Stereogum staff put in serious work on an email thread, attempting to figure out which '80s corporate-rock entity, exactly, the…
Tom Breihan | March 10, 2014 - 9:28 am
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Premature Evaluation: Real Estate Atlas

It snowed yet again yesterday in Ohio, so I spent the entire day inside with my wife taking it easy and enjoying each other's company.
Chris DeVille | March 3, 2014 - 4:44 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross Mastermind

It feels like it's been a lifetime since word leaked out that the actual backstory of William Leonard Roberts II, since we learned that hi…
Tom Breihan | March 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Pharrell Williams G I R L

There was a time, back when Pharrell Williams was the single nerdiest human being whose face appeared regularly on Rap City, when Pharrell's strangulated cat-screech…
Tom Breihan | February 27, 2014 - 1:09 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Beck Morning Phase

Beck hasn't made an album under his own name in six years, but he's done plenty of thinking about albums -- about how they work,…
Tom Breihan | February 17, 2014 - 9:55 am
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Premature Evaluation: Beyoncé BEYONCÉ

There's some chance that Beyoncé's new self-titled album is the best album that anyone has released in 2013. I don't want to overstate things here…
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2013 - 2:25 pm
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Premature Evaluation: M.I.A. Matangi

Talking to Pitchfork last month, M.I.A. called "Paper Planes" "an accident": "It wasn't a song we made for the masses. It took two years to…
Tom Breihan | November 4, 2013 - 1:16 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Pity the noise music underground. Think of it: An entire global scene taking root and flowering over the course of decades, finding strongholds in unlikely…
Tom Breihan | November 1, 2013 - 12:32 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor

Arcade Fire have spent the better part of a decade growing into their own majesty. Funeral, for all its estimable sweep, existed very much i…
Tom Breihan | October 25, 2013 - 1:33 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt

Titles say a lot in Pearl Jam's discography. Not in the sense that they do with any artist -- you know, cluing you into what…
Ryan Leas | October 8, 2013 - 11:37 am
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Premature Evaluation: The Dismemberment Plan Uncanney Valley

Until now, the Dismemberment Plan's discography has been a near-perfect chronicle of the arc from smartass youthful exuberance to quarter-life crisis to grown-up stability, culminating…
Chris DeVille | October 7, 2013 - 4:32 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2

When Justin Timberlake released "Take Back The Night," the first single from the second volume of his The 20/20 Experience album, there was some confusio…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2013 - 2:42 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Drake Nothing Was The Same

Drake changed rap. He reshaped the landscape and forever altered the things that we expect from big rap stars. Before Drake, sensitive souls like Andre…
Tom Breihan | September 17, 2013 - 1:56 pm
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Premature Evaluation: MGMT MGMT

MGMT could have ruled the world. There was a time when Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser had a vise grip on pop culture, when smash…
Chris DeVille | September 11, 2013 - 4:10 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks

Looking back now on Nine Inch Nails' '90s heyday it's apparent that we didn't know what we had. Back then, the knock on Reznor wa…
Tom Breihan | August 27, 2013 - 12:07 pm
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