Premature Evaluation

My Morning Jacket Circuital Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / May 6, 2011 - 3:27 pm

My Morning Jacket’s popularity has exploded over the last few years: See, for instance, their Madison Square Garden New Year’s appearance in 2009, guest spot on American Dad, and week-long residency at Terminal 5 in 2010. All of this even though, depending on who you ask, the band’s never matched It Still Moves or Z. More »

Washed Out Within And Without Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / May 4, 2011 - 2:27 pm

It’s hard to say if the term “chillwave” actually means anything. In the age of countless one-person bands with oceans on their MySpaces, the term’s been applied to just about anybody chipping away at a hazy, nostalgic bedroom style, a style that appeared easy enough to replicate, received a ton of attention fast, has helped… More »

Okkervil River I Am Very Far Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / May 3, 2011 - 9:48 am

The temptation to enter an Okkervil River album through its lyrics is just as strong with I Am Very Far as it is with their other albums. But the tone’s different this time around: Will Sheff always impresses us with his wordplay and namedropping, but the first thing that jumps out here is the violence… More »

Liturgy Aesthethica Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / April 29, 2011 - 1:20 pm

You probably noticed that we experimented with an Editor’s Score for the past few Premature Evaluations. The feedback we received suggested these Stereogum ratings weren’t necessary, or necessarily what people liked about PE, so we decided to chop them. We’ve kept the Stereogum Readers’ Rating, though, so you can offer your feedback both via commentsMore »

The Antlers Burst Apart Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / April 26, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Hospice, the Antlers’ breakthrough album, was a lot like the ghost that lived in its songs: beautiful, frightening, a little bit stifling. You can’t fault the band for abandoning that heaviness this time around — it must have been twice as devastating to record as it was to listen to. So, yes, Burst Apart lack… More »

Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / April 25, 2011 - 5:34 pm

Unlike the Beastie Boys’ instant vintage, nostalgia and cameo-heavy video for lead single “Make Some Noise,” Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 features just two guests. Both are significant, though: there’s Nas on “Too Many Rappers,” tying them to an old NYC colleague, and there’s “Don’t Play No Games That I Can’t Win” with its cameo… More »

Krallice – Diotima Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / April 21, 2011 - 3:21 pm

In four years Krallice have managed to release three complex, hypnotic, ambitious, whirlpooling albums — even with its four members performing in a dozen or so outside bands. The biggest structural shift since the early days is the increased role of bassist/vocalist Nick McMaster, who joined guitarist/vocalist Mick Barr, Warr guitarist Colin Marston, and drummer… More »

Wild Beasts – Smother Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / April 20, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Wild Beasts were winking at us when they gave us a song named “Albatross,” the slow-moving and slinky first single from the band’s third album. Hayden Thorpe’s impossibly pretty falsetto was there, as were the band’s hypnotic, looping drums, but something felt muted, missing. It made you worry for the rest of the record. Listening… More »

Jamie Woon – mirrorwriting Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / April 19, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Someone might have introduced Jamie Woon to you as “the next James Blake.” They have different strengths — Woon the superior falsetto, Blake the better songs. Early into mirrorwriting you’d think they also shared the same sense of restraint. “I’ve acquired a taste for silence” Woon sings on the Burial-co-produced opener “Night Air.” Like that… More »

Battles – Gloss Drop Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / April 18, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Beginning today we’ll be publishing Premature Evaluations more frequently, and in a briefer format. These posts will also feature point ratings via a 5 Star System, but we’ll consider a more flexible alternative down the road. You should submit your own album rating (and hopefully a comment explaining your rationale) after you read our reviewMore »

TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / April 4, 2011 - 11:25 am

You should be able to tell if you’ll enjoy TV On The Radio’s fourth album Nine Types Of Light based on your response to the romantic, slightly cheesy aesthetic of the band’s “Will Do” video. You know, a shirtless Tunde Adebimpe with his shirtless lady enacting rituals from an erotic massage DVD. This really i… More »

Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / March 31, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Helplessness Blues is a deeply uncool album. If you played it for your dad he’d either say, “Finally,” or he’d laugh and put on some Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, maybe even America if you stuck around. Robin Pecknold, Fleet Foxes’ singer and songwriter knows how unhip this music is. More »

The Strokes Angles Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / March 16, 2011 - 12:00 pm

A miserable experience recording an album doesn’t always equal a miserable album. So often the opposite happens: Big Star, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and Fleetwood Mac all made brilliant albums under internal or external stress. So the early clues into the Strokes’ fourth album, their first in five years, weren’t so bad. Sure, it had… More »

R.E.M. Collapse Into Now Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / March 3, 2011 - 4:25 pm

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 - 1:37 pm

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.” That,… More »

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / November 10, 2010 - 3:49 pm

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, as is,… More »

Matt & Kim – Sidewalks Premature Evaluation BY YOU

By Amrit Singh / November 1, 2010 - 5:41 pm

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 share about the album… More »

Avey Tare – Down There Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / October 12, 2010 - 4:10 pm

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 this is a… More »

Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / October 8, 2010 - 11:39 am

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 Followills and their… More »

Sufjan Stevens – The Age Of Adz Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / September 28, 2010 - 10:36 am

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 »

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