Premature Evaluation

R.E.M. Collapse Into Now Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / March 3, 2011
Simply put, R.E.M.'s fifteenth studio album is basically as good as you can expect from the band at this point. It's not vintage R.E.M., but it is more inspired and natural feeling than the rest of their post Bill Berry material. On 2008's Accelerate, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe took an appropriate ste… More »


Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / January 19, 2011
In an interview about the fourth Iron & Wine studio album, Kiss Each Other Clean, Sam Beam told SPIN he'd planned to make his major label debut, "more of a focused pop record." To his ears Kiss "sounds like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that early-to-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music."… More »


Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / November 10, 2010
If you care about Kanye West, you’ve already heard almost every song from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, either through West’s G.O.O.D. Fridays series or as the soundtrack to his Runaway film. There are lots of tracks left over, which he’s saving for the deluxe album. So what does the completed, hour-plus album, a… More »


Matt & Kim – Sidewalks Premature Evaluation BY YOU

By Amrit Singh / November 1, 2010
A deviation from the standard premature evaluative procedure here, as Matt & Kim have gone ahead and put their entire album up for streaming today, and you've already heard at least three songs ("Wires" and "Block After Block" and "Cameras"), and it seems like you may have some strong words to shareMore »


Avey Tare – Down There Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / October 12, 2010
If you're interested in Animal Collective, you know Down There is the first solo album by David Portner, aka Avey Tare. You're also more used to Panda Bear's solo collections, but don't expect Person Pitch (or what you expect to get from Tom Boy). Portner adds a different element to AC and thi… More »


Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / October 8, 2010
What makes a good Kings Of Leon album? A bad one? When a band exists in certain circles as an opportunity for "Use Somebody" jokes and toilet humor, it's unclear what they'd need to do musically to shift the frequency. Much of the derision Kings Of Leon face is based on the Followill… More »


Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / September 28, 2010
Sufjan Stevens makes songs the length of EPs, and EPs the length of albums, so after a few listens you realize it’s hard to get in a few listens of the nearly hour and a half long Age Of Adz. But is it worth the extra time and the extra money? Yes. More »


Belle & Sebastian Write About Love Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / September 22, 2010
We first got word of a new Belle & Sebastian album via the live version of “I Didn’t See It Coming,” back in July. B&S hadn’t released their own studio album since 2006 — 2009’s God Help The Girl project used all of the band, but a bunch of different vocalists. But the real… More »


Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / September 17, 2010
We first started talking about Halcyon Digest in early July via Deerhunter's “interactive Xerox art project," the one where Bradford Cox made an old-fashioned paper 'n' glue flyer and then asked fans to print it, photocopy it, hang it up around their town, take a photo, and send the results to the band. A… More »


Weezer – Hurley Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / September 7, 2010
Some things never change: On Hurley -- streaming in full at MySpace, so play along -- Rivers Cuomo still inhabits the mind and awkward body of a 14-year-old boy, alternately frustrated by, and in awe of the opposite sex. But some things do change, and for the better. Hurley is the best Weezer album… More »


Interpol – Interpol Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / August 20, 2010
Considering the details surrounding Interpol's self-produced self-titled fourth album, their first since 2007's Our Love To Admire, it's safe to assume that in some way or another it was intended to be a return to their early form. They've went back to Matador. The artwork's basic. They have no need for a fancy/eye-catching title: These… More »


of Montreal – False Priest Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / August 17, 2010
If you followed of Montreal down their Hissing Fauna/Skeletal Lamping rabbit holes, you'll be prepared for their Jon Brion-produced soul-and-R&B-influenced (aka Parliament-nodding) 10th album False Priest. You get the ambitious post-'90s oM pastiche -- anyone remember the relatively calm waters of The Gay Parade? -- but in smoother form. Compositionally, there are plenty… More »


Robyn – Body Talk PT. 2 Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / August 12, 2010
We’re familiar with Robyn’s plan for 2010-11 now: Release three EPs, tour as many cities and festivals as you can for them, and come out of 2011 with a stack of amazing singles and more than enough material to make up for the last few album-less years. And there’s a pattern you notice after… More »


The Walkmen – Lisbon Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / August 3, 2010
When Hamilton Leithauser stopped through for a Progress Report he focused on Lisbon's rawness: We have all these rock songs and they’re really stripped down, they’re really like a guitar, a bass, and a drum a lot of them so far. And then we’re going to put a few other things on them, but… More »


Arcade Fire – The Suburbs Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / July 23, 2010
Funeral was about family, and Neon Bible was about institutions. The Suburbs on first listen, feels like adolescence, the time when you're trapped between leaving one and joining the other. Will and Win Butler told NPR that the record would be about their childhood in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. So that makes sense. More »


M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\ Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / June 30, 2010
It took the full album leak to hear where M.I.A. went with her third album, /\/\/\Y/\, because the first tracks we heard were so different: the aggressive, Suicide-sampling "Born Free," the luxe Europop of "XXXO," the industrial grind of "Steppin' Up"," the playful club track, "Teqkilla." It was true of her… More »


Wavves – King Of The Beach Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / June 28, 2010
In 2009 Wavves went from buzz band to burnout in an alarmingly short period of time: On-stage meltdown, tour cancellation, etc. Last summer we heard promising Zach Hill-assisted murmurs before a September bar fight in Brooklyn, and then lots of silence. Instead of turning into an Internet-era cautionary tale, Nathan William… More »


Wolf Parade – EXPO 86 Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / May 17, 2010
Members of Wolf Parade have done a bit of explaining about the band's third album EXPO 86. We were told the main criteria Spencer Krug had for the songs was "whether or not [he] would dance to them." He continued: "You know in Archie comics when there’s a school dance and you see little… More »


Robyn – Body Talk PT 1 Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / April 23, 2010
“I think being a woman, especially when you turn thirty, it puts perspective on a lot of things, you know. People expect things of you,” Robyn told us in her Progress Report interview. That was before any of Body Talk PT 1 was out in the open, except for “Dancehall Queen.” Now that… More »


The National – High Violet Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / April 20, 2010
We talk a lot about "anticipation" when it comes to new releases, but it feels like folks have been awaiting the National's High Violet with a special excitement, one that's picked up with each leaked (or officially released) track or live performance. The band's longer, slower climb from their 2001 self-titled debut to their… More »


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