Premature Evaluation

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 confusio…
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 wa…
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 a…
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 it…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Premature Evaluation: Deerhunter Monomania

Since the release of their triumphant sophomore album, 2007's Cryptograms, Atlanta's Deerhunter have produced a pretty vast catalog that's been both unpredictable and consistently great…
Michael Nelson | April 24, 2013 - 10:19 am

Premature Evaluation: Phoenix Bankrupt!

In his beautiful eulogy for My Chemical Romance, Grantland's Andy Greenwald made much of that band's outsize ambition, and lamented the general dissolution of such…
Michael Nelson | April 15, 2013 - 10:11 am

Premature Evaluation: The Knife Shaking The Habitual

On "Raging Lung," a little more than halfway through the Knife's gargantuan new album Shaking The Habitual, a few familiar words show up: "What a…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Premature Evaluation: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito

The first time the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played Baltimore, they played first on a four-band Ottobar bill, one headlined by skronk-punk out-of-towners Milemarker and Ara…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Premature Evaluation: Tyler, The Creator Wolf

Is Tyler, The Creator really all that famous? I'm not sure that he is. He's internet-famous, certainly, and underground-popular, but he's not Jennifer Aniston. To…
Tom Breihan | March 28, 2013 - 1:59 pm
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