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Alvvays Land on Their Feet

Molly Rankin shares how the Canadian dream-pop group avoided the tortured follow-up trappings Blue Rev’s lengthy gestation might have suggested.

October 06, 2022
Interpol on Avoiding the Traps of Pessimism on “The Other Side of Make-Believe”

Paul Banks discusses maintaining an uplifting tone and keeping things fresh on the band’s seventh studio album.

July 14, 2022
Sharon Van Etten on Setting Things Right with “We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong”

Van Etten shares how visions of a fiery apocalypse—and The Sandlot—inspired her dark(ish) sixth album.

May 16, 2022
Let’s Eat Grandma, “Two Ribbons”

The duo’s third album carries a palpable maturity and heft, a natural progression from their last two releases.

May 03, 2022
Charli XCX, “Crash”

Her fifth studio album finds Charli cherry-picking her favorite pop tropes and refracting them through her own singular lens, exercising restraint while doing so.

March 23, 2022
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Spoon’s New Frequency

In our latest digital cover story, Britt Daniel shares how growing up hearing classic rock on the radio informed the band’s tenth album, Lucifer on the Sofa.

February 03, 2022
Courtney Barnett, “Things Take Time, Take Time”

Barnett’s third solo record intermittently taps into her strengths, but it scans like a transitional record.

November 18, 2021
Lorde, “Solar Power”

Too much of Lorde’s third album is carefree in attitude but too musically nondescript to leave an impression.

August 25, 2021
Billie Eilish, “Happier Than Ever”

Eilish’s sophomore album looks inward to reckon with the aftershocks of her breakneck ascent.

August 11, 2021
Darkside, “Spiral”

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington crystallize what made their debut so impactful while offering enough new detours to avoid retread status.

July 29, 2021
Japanese Breakfast, “Jubilee”

Michelle Zauner’s third album scans as a breakthrough, even though this is a band well past the breakthrough stage.

June 14, 2021
Justin Bieber, “Justice”

Bieber’s latest is a confident and disarmingly likable pop album.

March 26, 2021
Perfume Genius, “IMMEDIATELY Remixes”

The material on Mike Hadreas’ most recent LP doesn’t always call for the fidgety approach applied to it here.

March 16, 2021
Angel Olsen, “Whole New Mess”

“Whole New Mess” rips the sheen and pageantry away from the “All Mirrors” tracklist.

September 02, 2020
Run the Jewels, “RTJ4”

Killer Mike and El-P’s alchemy somehow sounds both pointedly different and substantially unchanged.

June 09, 2020
The 1975, “Notes on a Conditional Form”

The fourth album from The 1975 is deeply troubled, bloated, and frequently brilliant.

May 21, 2020


The Strokes, “The New Abnormal”

The Strokes’ sixth album doesn’t disrupt their complicated pattern of interesting failures and boring successes.

April 15, 2020
Destroyer, “Have We Met”

In many ways, a classic Destroyer record: cavernous and twisty and rich with atmosphere.

February 05, 2020

A deeply wounded album that strengthens the steely fusion of trip-hop and R&B she mastered on her debut.

November 12, 2019
Wilco, “Ode to Joy”

Jeff Tweedy’s relative calm in the face of turmoil is the defining force underlying the record.

October 07, 2019
Bon Iver, “i,i”

Central to it all is a Justin Vernon with an altered disposition, more confident and looser—at times, he even sounds content.

August 13, 2019
Thom Yorke, “Anima”

“Anima” goes to great lengths to differentiate itself from Radiohead’s oeuvre.

July 01, 2019
Anderson .Paak, “Ventura”

Paak isn’t making bad songs, but his adherence to formula is beginning to define him.

April 16, 2019
Iron & Wine, “Our Endless Numbered Days (Deluxe Edition)”

“Our Endless Numbered Days” houses many of the most elegant, striking songs of Sam Beam’s career.

March 21, 2019
Girlpool, “What Chaos Is Imaginary”

While Girlpool’s last album was sugary indie pop-punk, their new one paints in broader strokes.

February 08, 2019
Sharon Van Etten, “Remind Me Tomorrow”

It’s a fascinating bridge from the moody indie pop of Van Etten’s previous efforts to something a bit thornier, denser, more rewarding.

January 16, 2019
Mumford & Sons, “Delta”

There isn’t a song here that couldn’t soundtrack the movie trailer for some teen tearjerker.

November 20, 2018
Kurt Vile, “Bottle It In”

“Bottle It In”‘s pace is unhurried, strutting to a destination without much concern for how long it takes to get there.

October 24, 2018
Noname, “Room 25”

The organic production has a real pulse to it, which gives the songs a spirited, fluid underpinning that feels uniquely suited to Noname’s reserved but dexterous delivery.

September 21, 2018
Animal Collective, “Tangerine Reef”

The intentions here are environmentally noble, but the songs collectively feel like a minor mood piece rather than the cohesive statement the band aspires to.

August 23, 2018
Nicki Minaj, “Queen”

In a summer where scores of hip-hop heavyweights failed to whittle their work into a concise artistic statement, the sins of “Queen” are hardly glaring or unforgivable.

August 17, 2018
Christina Aguilera, “Liberation”

“Liberation” resurrects Xtina’s considerable presence as a vocalist, though her attempts at navigating the modern pop landscape still verge on aimless.

June 21, 2018
Kids See Ghosts, “Kids See Ghosts”

While Kanye’s lyrical performances are a marked improvement over his slapdash “ye” verses, “Kids See Ghosts” works best when he allows room for Cudi to shine.

June 13, 2018
Chvrches, “Love Is Dead”

“Love Is Dead” is saddled with a familiarity that’s as limiting as it is endearing.

May 30, 2018
Beach House, “7”

“7” may be the most definitive—and enjoyable—break yet from the preconceptions of what a Beach House record should sound like.

May 16, 2018
Bonny Doon Are Who They’re Supposed to Be

For their second full-length (and debut on Woodsist), the Detroit folk-rock quartet stopped thinking too much and just went to the beach instead.

May 14, 2018
Who Says There’s No Leaving New York? A Report From The National’s Homecoming Festival

More a family reunion for the Cincinnati-bred band than an actual festival, Homecoming was a wild party with occasionally tender moments. 

May 02, 2018
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Sex & Food”

“Sex & Food” is at turns both understated and colorful, confident in what it wants to be but not afraid to wander into uncharted territory.

April 17, 2018
Car Seat Headrest, “Twin Fantasy”

“Twin Fantasy” showcases Will Toledo sharpening his vision and instincts, marrying the raw passion of his early work with the increasingly impressive sheen of his newest material.

March 06, 2018