Premature Evaluation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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's…
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
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