Premature Evaluation

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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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 Arab…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2013 - 1:07 pm
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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's…
Brad Shoup | September 13, 2012 - 1:15 pm
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