Premature Evaluation

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

Premature Evaluation: Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors' Swing Lo Magellan is officially released next week, though the band's streaming the record in its entirety, right now, over at NYTimes. This…
Amrit Singh | July 2, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Premature Evaluation: The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania

It's easy to rag on Billy Corgan for being a hypersensitive narcissist who says ridiculous things, but he's been doing that for two decades now.
Michael Nelson | June 13, 2012 - 2:50 pm

Premature Evaluation: Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel…

Fiona Apple is 34 years old now. For 17 of those years, almost exactly half of her time on this planet, she's been a public…
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2012 - 11:38 am

Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Celebration Rock

A couple of months ago, someone I follow on Twitter posted a video of some kids goofing around in their basement/rec room area to the…
Corban Goble | April 30, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Premature Evaluation: Best Coast The Only Place

Bethany Cosentino isn't stupid. In picking a collaborator for her second album, the Best Coast leader has realized that the words "produced by Jon Brion"…
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Premature Evaluation: Santigold Master Of My Make-Believe

When you spend your first few listens to a new album trying to decide whether you're disappointed or not, that's not exactly a good sign.
Tom Breihan | April 23, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Premature Evaluation: Sigur Rós Valtari

The first single for Sigur Rós' Valtari, "Ekki Múkk," arrived with the fanfare and warm reception expected of that dramatic moment -- after all, it…
Corban Goble | April 18, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Premature Evaluation: Jack White Blunderbuss

Jack White has always been an artist who thrived, in large part, because of all the constraints he imposed on his own work, like the…
Tom Breihan | April 17, 2012 - 11:50 am

Premature Evaluation: Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

In the 2000s, a trend arose where a few big-name rappers released double albums that flaunted different sides of the artist’s personality. This structure, which…
Corban Goble | March 29, 2012 - 3:19 pm

Premature Evaluation: Beach House Bloom

On 2010’s Chris Coady-produced Teen Dream, Baltimore’s favorite dream pop duo brought the reverb-laden sound they had favored on their debut Beach House and break-through…
Corban Goble | March 21, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Premature Evaluation: Odd Future The O.F. Tape Vol. 2

The original Odd Future Tape -- posted on the group's Tumblr back in April 2010, supposedly first posted online as early as 2008 -- is…
Tom Breihan | March 19, 2012 - 10:49 am

Premature Evaluation: The Shins Port Of Morrow

A Virginia airport at 5 in the morning on the day SXSW starts, listening to an iTunes stream on crappy airport wi-fi and letting that…
Tom Breihan | March 14, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Premature Evaluation: Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball

Being Bruce Springsteen can't be easy. As one of the last quasi-relevant survivors of a stadium-rock infrastructure that doesn't exist anymore, he's spent decades being…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Premature Evaluation: Sleigh Bells Reign Of Terror

There’s not a band in recent memory that nailed the landing quite like Sleigh Bells did in 2010 with Treats, its M.I.A.-cosigned debut. They were…
Corban Goble | February 14, 2012 - 2:20 pm

Premature Evaluation: Lana Del Rey Born To Die

To put all the waves upon waves of Lana Del Rey backlashes and frontlashes into proper perspective, let's all try a thought experiment: Imagine what…
Tom Breihan | January 25, 2012 - 9:58 am
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