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Premature Evaluation: Blood Orange Negro Swan

"People try to put us down by saying 'she's doing the most' or 'he's way too much,' but why would we want to do the…
Briana Younger | August 22, 2018 - 11:06 am

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Premature Evaluation: Ariana Grande Sweetener

Ariana Grande is upside down on her new album cover for good reason.
Chris DeVille | August 20, 2018 - 4:08 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Travis Scott Astroworld

There's a moment on Travis Scott's new album Astroworld that's among the prettiest things I've heard in recent memory, and Travis Scott doesn't have anything…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2018 - 3:21 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Drake Scorpion

In November of 2002, Jay-Z was battered and bruised. He'd just been through a real knock-down drag-out feud against Nas. I'd argue that Jay won…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2018 - 12:20 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Kamasi Washington Heaven And Earth

For decades, a small subset of jazz musicians has mistakenly believed that chasing R&B and pop trends represents a path to commercial success. In reality,…
Phil Freeman | June 19, 2018 - 1:31 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Beyoncé & JAY-Z Everything Is Love

The best part of the trilogy is never the ending. For the past few years, the most famous and beloved couple in the recent history…
Tom Breihan | June 18, 2018 - 1:42 pm

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Premature Evaluation: SOPHIE OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES

When SOPHIE put out PRODUCT in 2015, it was meant as more of a singles collection than an album. Most of the tracks were released…
James Rettig | June 14, 2018 - 7:08 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Kanye West & Kid Cudi Kids See Ghosts

There is nothing surgical about this summer. We're only a week and a half out from Memorial Day, but the news, from every corner of…
Tom Breihan | June 11, 2018 - 12:04 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Kanye West Ye

There are moments of true, transporting beauty on Ye, the new Kanye West album. There's the humid bloom of the bass on "Yikes," the way…
Tom Breihan | June 1, 2018 - 1:19 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Pusha-T Daytona

Thirty-six seconds into Daytona, Pusha-T's new seven-song album, something becomes abundantly clear: Kanye West still knows how to produce rap music. That wasn't a given.
Tom Breihan | May 25, 2018 - 1:17 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Father John Misty God’s Favorite Customer

How does he do it? How the hell does he keep pulling this off? Every time you think Josh Tillman is about to drop the…
Ryan Leas | May 24, 2018 - 11:00 am

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Premature Evaluation: Chvrches Love Is Dead

Sometimes a band emerges just in time to encapsulate a moment in music. Consider this incomplete history of post-Y2K indie rock trends: You want to…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2018 - 2:24 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the sixth Arctic Monkeys album, opens with tinkly pianos, brushed drums, murmuring vintage synths, and this line: "I just wanted…
Tom Breihan | May 10, 2018 - 11:29 am

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Premature Evaluation: Beach House 7

Songs for sleep are among the most difficult to make. Ambient is the easiest to doze off to, but some dreams are best cushioned by…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | May 7, 2018 - 9:30 am

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Premature Evaluation: Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer

Brevity and directness are not Janelle Monáe's things. Her albums, when they arrive, are vast and sprawling and messily ambitious. In the past, she's collided…
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2018 - 11:06 am
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