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Premature Evaluation: Sufjan Stevens The Ascension

"Is it all for nothing?" Sufjan Stevens cries out. "Is it all part of a plan?" This anguished outburst arrives about halfway through The Ascension,…
Chris DeVille | September 23, 2020 - 12:50 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Fleet Foxes Shore

Crack-Up could've been a conclusion. It certainly sounded like one, whether because the album played like a frayed breakdown at the end of Fleet Foxes'
Ryan Leas | September 22, 2020 - 10:29 am

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Premature Evaluation: Deftones Ohms

"I have no patience for expectation!" Chino Moreno screams on "This Link Is Dead." The song comes toward the second half of Ohms, Deftones' ninth…
Luke O'Neil | September 21, 2020 - 10:00 am

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Premature Evaluation: Bill Callahan Gold Record

The quick follow-up LP is always a sketchy proposition. It happens all the time: An artist puts a lot of effort into a statement album,…
Chris DeVille | September 2, 2020 - 3:21 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Bright Eyes Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was

When you never stop singing about the apocalypse, you're never wrong. We always feel like the world is about to blink out of existence. One…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2020 - 10:45 am

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Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift folklore

The first time Taylor Swift uses the word "fuck" on a record, she does it all wrong. This historic occasion arrives near the end of…
Tom Breihan | July 24, 2020 - 4:35 pm

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Premature Evaluation: My Morning Jacket The Waterfall II

The first new My Morning Jacket song you'll hear in almost half a decade is about paralysis. The first words you'll hear Jim James sing…
Ryan Leas | July 10, 2020 - 9:20 am

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Premature Evaluation: Jessie Ware What’s Your Pleasure?

Jessie Ware was in need of a rebirth. Her most recent album, 2017's Glasshouse, was a paradox -- her most personal songwriting in the wake…
Ryan Leas | June 29, 2020 - 12:55 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Haim Women In Music Pt. III

Here's a big surprise: Haim let themselves get messy this time. Here's an even bigger surprise: Messiness suits them.
Chris DeVille | June 25, 2020 - 9:30 am

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Premature Evaluation: Hum Inlet

The members of the beloved space-rock band Hum have always followed a unique orbit. While appearing on MTV's 120 Minutes in 1998 to promote the…
Annie Zaleski | June 24, 2020 - 2:00 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Arca KiCk i

Arca begins her new album like we've never heard her before: straightforward and confrontational, arrogant and assured. "I do what I want to do when…
James Rettig | June 22, 2020 - 12:20 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Bob Dylan Rough And Rowdy Ways

"I've already outlived my life by far." Coming from Bob Dylan, this is an understatement. At 79, Dylan has outlasted many of the other icons…
Chris DeVille | June 17, 2020 - 2:35 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Phoebe Bridgers Punisher

The Punisher is the hard-boiled Marvel Comics vigilante whose insignia has lately become an icon for gun-clutching, authority-crazed wraparound-sunglasses cop types. A punisher is something…
Tom Breihan | June 16, 2020 - 9:29 am

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Premature Evaluation: Neil Young Homegrown

There’s not a corner of Neil Young’s long career that hasn’t had a bright light shone on it. The subject of several books (two of…
Stephen Deusner | June 12, 2020 - 12:57 pm

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Premature Evaluation: Lady Gaga Chromatica

She made it through the wilderness.
Chris DeVille | May 29, 2020 - 1:00 pm
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