Premature Evaluation

Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Celebration Rock

A couple of months ago, someone I follow on Twitter posted a video of some kids goofing around in their basement/rec room area to the…
Corban Goble | April 30, 2012 - 2:00 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Best Coast The Only Place

Bethany Cosentino isn't stupid. In picking a collaborator for her second album, the Best Coast leader has realized that the words "produced by Jon Brion"
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2012 - 2:56 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Santigold Master Of My Make-Believe

When you spend your first few listens to a new album trying to decide whether you're disappointed or not, that's not exactly a good sign.
Tom Breihan | April 23, 2012 - 2:59 pm
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Premature Evaluation: Sigur Rós Valtari

The first single for Sigur Rós' Valtari, "Ekki Múkk," arrived with the fanfare and warm reception expected of that dramatic moment -- after all, it…
Corban Goble | April 18, 2012 - 1:07 pm
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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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