Premature Evaluation

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

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

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

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

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 in…
Tom Breihan | October 25, 2013 - 1:33 pm

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

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

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 confusion…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2013 - 2:42 pm

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

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

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 was…
Tom Breihan | August 27, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Premature Evaluation: Earl Sweatshirt Doris

I'd been waiting for this moment for literally years: Earl Sweatshirt's triumphant return to the stage after being shut away in a Samoan reform school…
Tom Breihan | August 19, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Premature Evaluation: Carcass Surgical Steel

The opening song on Surgical Steel -- the first album of new music in 17 years from English death metal band Carcass -- is an…
Michael Nelson | August 2, 2013 - 6:28 pm

Premature Evaluation: Jay-Z Magna Carta Holy Grail

Jay-Z has compared himself to a lot of people in his decades-long career: Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson on "Niggas In Paris," before that…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 5, 2013 - 10:00 am

Premature Evaluation: Kanye West: Yeezus

Just over a minute into Yeezus, Kayne West is riding the malfunctioning-star-destroyer glitch-screams of "On Sight" when he poses a rhetorical question: "How much do…
Tom Breihan | June 17, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Premature Evaluation: Deafheaven Sunbather

Any time a metal-curious friend asks me to explain the distinctions separating different metal subgenres -- most often re: death metal vs. black metal --…
Michael Nelson | May 29, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Premature Evaluation: Queens Of The Stone Age …Like Clockwork

Last June, we published a feature called the Top 20 Albums We've Been Waiting For Forever, counting down a bunch of our favorite artists from…
Michael Nelson | May 20, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Premature Evaluation: Daft Punk Random Access Memories

Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories is a lot of things: A masterful years-in-the-making publicity campaign set to music, a showcase of hellaciously expensive…
Tom Breihan | May 15, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Premature Evaluation: The National Trouble Will Find Me

At this point, six albums in, the National are practically a genre unto themselves. On Alligator, the first album that many of us noticed, they…
Tom Breihan | May 10, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Premature Evaluation: Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires Of The City

The title of Modern Vampires Of The City, the third album from Vampire Weekend, seems like it riffs on the band's name and on its…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2013 - 3:03 pm
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