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Premature Evaluation: The 1975 Notes On A Conditional Form

The first voice on the 1975's new album Notes On A Conditional Form does not belong to Matty Healy. On opening track "The 1975," teenage…
Chris DeVille | May 19, 2020 - 3:37 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Charli XCX How I’m Feeling Now

Last year, the phrase "quarantine album" meant absolutely nothing. Now its meaning is obvious. In the next couple of years, we're going to get a…
James Rettig | May 15, 2020 - 10:11 am

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Premature Evaluation: Perfume Genius Set My Heart On Fire Immediately

Set My Heart On Fire Immediately. The album title is overly dramatic, a little funny, and also deeply serious. It's everything that Mike Hadreas has…
James Rettig | May 11, 2020 - 11:08 am

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Premature Evaluation: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Reunions

In the months ahead, a whole lot of men are going to hide their faces from their families when they hear "Letting You Go." They're…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2020 - 9:05 am

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Premature Evaluation: Fiona Apple Fetch The Bolt Cutters

"Blast the music! Bang it, bite it, bruise it!" This is Fiona Apple near the end of "I Want You To Love Me," the first…
Tom Breihan | April 17, 2020 - 8:29 am

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Premature Evaluation: The Strokes The New Abnormal

The New Abnormal. LOL. If they only knew. When the Strokes named their new album, they were maybe referring to the dystopian state of modern…
Chris DeVille | April 6, 2020 - 11:00 am

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Premature Evaluation: Thundercat It Is What It Is

People don’t talk about George Duke enough. The man was a goddamn genius. After leading his own group for a few years, he began playing…
Phil Freeman | March 30, 2020 - 12:20 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Nicolás Jaar Cenizas

Nicolás Jaar wants you to think about what sound is, and contemplate what it can do. Patterns of sounds can fit together to form songs,…
Lindsey Rhoades | March 24, 2020 - 5:11 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Waxahatchee Saint Cloud

Katie Crutchfield creates a new vocabulary when she sings. Her voice curls around words -- she adds extra syllables to them and smushes them together,…
James Rettig | March 23, 2020 - 12:40 pm

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Premature Evaluation: The Weeknd After Hours

"Once again," says Daniel Craig, "the Weeknd." Craig's chest muscles are ballooning out of his henley, and he's shaking his head, as if to say:…
Tom Breihan | March 20, 2020 - 4:16 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Four Tet Sixteen Oceans

There were no advance copies of Four Tet’s 10th studio album, Sixteen Oceans, sent to press. Any review you read of the album today was…
Lindsey Rhoades | March 16, 2020 - 4:16 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Jay Electronica A Written Testimony

Jay Electronica never wanted to make an album. This much is clear. He let us know over and over again. "An album is a false…
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2020 - 4:26 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Pearl Jam Gigaton

Pearl Jam's career neatly divides into three distinct eras. There are the early days, the grunge boom and their ascension and self-willed implosion as one…
Ryan Leas | March 9, 2020 - 11:42 am

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Premature Evaluation: Caribou Suddenly

Dan Snaith still hasn’t quite learned how to sit still. "If you want to change it, you must break it/ Rip it up and something…
Peter Helman | February 26, 2020 - 4:20 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Grimes Miss Anthropocene

It's hard to take anything Grimes says seriously. Over the last few months, she's joked (?) about getting experimental eye surgery so that she can't…
James Rettig | February 19, 2020 - 12:00 pm
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