Premature Evaluation

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

Arctic Monkeys Suck It And See Premature Evaluation

Arctic Monkeys' James Ford-produced fourth album is consistent. "Consistency" on the Josh Homme-helmed Humbug at times equaled same-same doldrums; on Suck It And See, the…
Stereogum | May 25, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Bon Iver Premature Evaluation

From those three months alone in a Wisconsin cabin to sharing a stage with collaborator Kanye West, Justin Vernon's traveled far on the back of…
stereogum | May 18, 2011 - 3:10 pm

My Morning Jacket Circuital Premature Evaluation

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…
stereogum | May 6, 2011 - 3:27 pm

Washed Out Within And Without Premature Evaluation

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'…
stereogum | May 4, 2011 - 2:27 pm

Okkervil River I Am Very Far Premature Evaluation

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…
stereogum | May 3, 2011 - 9:48 am

Liturgy Aesthethica Premature Evaluation

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
stereogum | April 29, 2011 - 1:20 pm

The Antlers Burst Apart Premature Evaluation

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…
stereogum | April 26, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 Premature Evaluation

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.
stereogum | April 25, 2011 - 5:34 pm

Krallice – Diotima Premature Evaluation

In four years Krallice have managed to release three complex, hypnotic, ambitious, whirlpooling albums — even with its four members performing in a dozen or…
stereogum | April 21, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Wild Beasts – Smother Premature Evaluation

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.
stereogum | April 20, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Jamie Woon – mirrorwriting Premature Evaluation

Someone might have introduced Jamie Woon to you as “the next James Blake.” They have different strengths — Woon the superior falsetto, Blake the better…
stereogum | April 19, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Battles – Gloss Drop Premature Evaluation

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
stereogum | April 18, 2011 - 2:24 pm

TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light Premature Evaluation

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…
Stereogum | April 4, 2011 - 11:25 am

Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Premature Evaluation

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…
Stereogum | March 31, 2011 - 4:41 pm

The Strokes Angles Premature Evaluation

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…
stereogum | March 16, 2011 - 12:00 pm

R.E.M. Collapse Into Now Premature Evaluation

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…
Stereogum | March 3, 2011 - 4:25 pm

Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean Premature Evaluation

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…
Stereogum | January 19, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Premature Evaluation

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…
stereogum | November 10, 2010 - 3:49 pm

Matt & Kim – Sidewalks Premature Evaluation BY YOU

A deviation from the standard premature evaluative procedure here, as Matt & Kim have gone ahead and put their entire album up for streaming today,…
Amrit Singh | November 1, 2010 - 5:41 pm
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