Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: The Strokes Comedown Machine

At SXSW, they give you all these bracelets everywhere you go -- indicating you've got clearance to enter different venues or VIP sections or whatever…
Michael Nelson | March 20, 2013 - 11:20 am

Premature Evaluation: David Bowie The Next Day

Four and a half years ago, I was working at a startup music website that never ended up launching; the parent company decided that it…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Premature Evaluation: Atoms For Peace AMOK

Lately, I've been thinking about Thom Yorke as a musical version of Steven Soderbergh: An insanely gifted popular entertainer who's come to think of himself…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Premature Evaluation: Local Natives Hummingbird

Perhaps the most ambitious amateur music-archiving project on the internet is Jeff Glenn's Lost Jukebox series. Glenn, a musician and collector who died in 2009,…
Brad Shoup | January 21, 2013 - 10:56 am

Premature Evaluation: Christopher Owens Lysandre

There's a moment on his song "Love Is In The Ear Of The Listener" where Christopher Owens, the former Girls frontman, expresses doubt in the…
Tom Breihan | January 8, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Premature Evaluation: Yo La Tengo Fade

Yo La Tengo have accomplished a whole lot in the past three decades or so, but their greatest achievement might be this: They've figured out…
Tom Breihan | January 7, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Premature Evaluation: A$AP Rocky Long.Live.A$AP

There's plenty to discuss on Long.Live.A$AP, A$AP Rocky's official label-sanctioned debut album, but the first thing that jumps out at me is this: The power…
Tom Breihan | December 20, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Premature Evaluation: Beck Song Reader

This is a first. I'm reviewing an album having only actually heard about a third of it. Of this third, the songs I've actually listened…
James Jackson Toth | December 7, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Premature Evaluation: Crystal Castles (III)

Crystal Castles' great historical distinction, as I see it, is this: They're the only group, as far as I can tell, that's ascended to dance-music…
Tom Breihan | November 8, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Premature Evaluation: Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man

Here's a weird and indefensible but completely genuine reaction that much-anticipated new albums sometimes provoke: I wish it was better. It's one thing if a…
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Premature Evaluation: Titus Andronicus Local Business

Titus Andronicus could really give a fuck about degree of difficulty. Here's how we know that Titus are one of our finest working bands: They…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Premature Evaluation: Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer

Much like last summer’s Watch The Throne, G.O.O.D. Music’s posse record Cruel Summer is a Kanye West record, at least musically speaking. Like Watch The
Corban Goble | September 14, 2012 - 2:28 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Killers Battle Born

So let's dispatch two facts real quick. First, contrary to earlier reports, there is no seven-and-a-half-minute rock epic titled "The Slot Tech." Second, yeah, it'…
Brad Shoup | September 13, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Premature Evaluation: Bob Dylan Tempest

"I'm searching for phrases / To sing your praises," sings Bob Dylan on "Soon After Midnight" the second track on his latest album, Tempest. I…
James Jackson Toth | September 10, 2012 - 11:24 am

Premature Evaluation: The xx Coexist

The music made by England trio the xx can be hard to contemplate at face value because, in a sense, there’s not much there. And,…
Corban Goble | August 28, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Premature Evaluation: Animal Collective – Centipede Hz

Following up a masterpiece like Merriweather Post Pavilion is a thankless task: There's almost no way you can create a better album, and even if…
Alex Tatusian | August 22, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Premature Evaluation: Cat Power Sun

If you're an indie rock fan of a certain vintage, then the phrase "Cat Power breakup record" might inspire a certain dread in your heart.
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Premature Evaluation: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes

Even though I've been aware of him since The Doldrums -- or at least since Paw Tracks reissued that release in 2004 -- I've never…
Corban Goble | July 31, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Premature Evaluation: Rick Ross God Forgives, I Don’t

When "Rich Forever," the title track from Rick Ross's great early-2012 mixtape, shows up as a bonus track on his new God Forgives, I Don't,…
Tom Breihan | July 27, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Premature Evaluation: Frank Ocean Channel Orange

Let's get this out of the way first: Last week, when Frank Ocean wrote plainly and beautifully about a past relationship, one with someone who…
Tom Breihan | July 10, 2012 - 12:35 pm
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