Premature Evaluation

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 »


Belle & Sebastian Write About Love Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / September 22, 2010 - 3:57 pm

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 anticipatio… More »


Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / September 17, 2010 - 9:56 am

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. As far… More »


Weezer – Hurley Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / September 7, 2010 - 3:48 pm

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 i… More »


Interpol – Interpol Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / August 20, 2010 - 5:14 pm

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 - 5:47 pm

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 of twist… More »


Robyn – Body Talk PT. 2 Premature Evaluation

By stereogum / August 12, 2010 - 9:43 am

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 hearing… More »


The Walkmen – Lisbon Premature Evaluation

By Stereogum / August 3, 2010 - 10:04 am

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 - 6:19 pm

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 make… More »


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