Premature Evaluation

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Premature Evaluation: Atlas Sound Parallax

The latest solo record from one-man four-track recorder Bradford Cox is probably his most accessible release under the moniker, striking a pretty even balance between…
Corban Goble | October 28, 2011 - 11:16 am
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Premature Evaluation: Florence + The Machine Ceremonials

Lungs, Florence & The Machine's debut album, was a bit of a slow-burner; I don't think I quite realized how much I liked it until…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2011 - 12:22 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Justice Audio, Video, Disco

First things first: There's no "D.A.N.C.E." on Justice's sophomore album. There's not really any "DVNO" either. Much of Justice's original popular appeal lay in their…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2011 - 4:46 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher was the man who wrote virtually all the songs for Oasis, and sang a lot of the best ones. And even though the…
Tom Breihan | October 12, 2011 - 12:58 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Björk Biophilia

Every Björk album has some sort of overarching concept that also serves as an attention-grabbing hook -- the Feminist World Warrior album, the A Capella…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2011 - 11:02 am
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Premature Evaluation: Feist Metals

The Reminder, Feist's last album, blew the fuck up because it had a few good singles with great videos, because it showed up prominently in…
Tom Breihan | September 27, 2011 - 11:38 am
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Premature Evaluation: Das Racist Relax

To anyone on the Internet with even the slightest music nerd inclination, abstract Brooklyn rap group Das Racist has long been a giant, glowing orb…
Corban Goble | September 9, 2011 - 3:13 pm
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Premature Evaluation: St. Vincent Strange Mercy

Apparently, the appeal of a girl that looks an American Doll who also happens to create manic, spastic riffs is not lost on the people.
Corban Goble | September 2, 2011 - 12:10 pm
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Premature Evaluation: M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Anthony Gonzalez has spent the better part of three years working on the grand, expansive double LP Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, and it shows. The…
Tom Breihan | August 31, 2011 - 2:19 pm
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Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV Premature Evaluation

For my money, Lil Wayne hit a crazy sustained peak in late 2005, when he released the great Tha Carter II, and he kept it…
Tom Breihan | August 25, 2011 - 12:26 pm
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The Rapture In The Grace Of Your Love Premature Evaluation

Five years is a long time. The Rapture’s last album, Pieces Of The People We Love, came out almost exactly five years ago, on the…
Tom Breihan | August 23, 2011 - 2:55 pm
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Beirut The Rip Tide Premature Evaluation

On first listen, Beirut's third full-length, the first since 2007's The Flying Club Cup, glides by almost too easily. The more time you spend with…
Stereogum | July 5, 2011 - 1:23 pm
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