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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 are "I’ve been wrong for so long/ Risking my life for the sake of the song." It's strikingly out of character -- no matter the sadness that could run across … More »
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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 of becoming a mother, but stylistically lost to sounds that didn't feel like her own. But beginning with “Adore You” way back in February of 2019 and continuing with a … More »
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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. More »
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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 then-new album Downward Is Heavenward, vocalist/guitarist Matt Talbott and guitarist Tim Lash wore, respectively, a full-body chicken suit and a gray rabbit costume. Host Matt Pinfield very pointedly didn't reference … More »
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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 I want to do it," she sings, her voice dripping metallic. "Nonbinary" is steely and cool; the beat bends and then ricochets into sharp and decisive shots. "Who do you … More »
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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 who fomented the musical and social revolutions of the 1960s. It made perfect sense when Todd Haynes cast six different actors to play him because he has seemed to live … More »
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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 different. Punisher is a term musicians sometimes dickishly use to describe the people who come up to them at shows and talk way too long, trying to soak up whatever … More »
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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 which he wrote himself), numerous concert films, and documentaries, Young has also launched a reissues campaign nearly as aggressive as Bob Dylan’s, with at least one archival release each year. More »
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Premature Evaluation: Lady Gaga Chromatica

She made it through the wilderness. More »
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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 climate activist Greta Thunberg spends five minutes calmly and methodically explaining how fucked our species will be if we do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As the band eases into … More »
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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 deluge of quarantine albums from musicians that are trying to express what it feels like to be isolated at the end of the world. Charli XCX is, of course, the … More »
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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 built up Perfume Genius to be over the last decade. But when he delivers the line halfway through his fifth album, it doesn't sound so exultant. It sounds beaten down, … More »
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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 going to be driving their cars, or washing dishes, or reading books in their living room in the hour before the kids go to bed. They're going to do everything … More »
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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 song on her new album Fetch The Bolt Cutters. It is not idle rhetoric. Apple delivers those lines in a dizzy spiral of syllables, pushing against the stormy hammering of … More »
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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 life in general, or perhaps the détente this famously contentious band has to reach every time they record anymore. Surely they did not anticipate releasing their first album in seven … More »
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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 keyboards behind violinist Jean-Luc Ponty in 1969. This brought him into Frank Zappa’s orbit, at the same time that he joined saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's band. Duke bounced between Zappa's … More »
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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, as the Chilean producer most recently demonstrated via two compilations of sample-heavy floor-fillers under his Against All Logic moniker in the span of about 13 months. But when Jaar puts … More »
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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, she fits them into places they cannot go. On Saint Cloud, her fifth album as Waxahatchee, Crutchfield's voice is more versatile than ever. Every enunciation feels purposeful, whether she's gasping … More »
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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: Can you believe it? Can you believe how great this is? Craig is blissfully unaware that No Time To Die, the James Bond movie he's here to promote, will not … More »
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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 pondered over a weekend’s worth of listens right alongside the general public, hopefully while in self-imposed isolation meant to curb calamitous viral outbreak. This is partially because Kieran Hebden doesn’t … More »
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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 concept anyway," he told Billboard in 2017. "An album is something that was created by corporations as a product to make money." Anytime anyone asked Jay Electronica when … More »
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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 of the defining artists of the '90s with Ten, Vs., and Vitalogy. No Code kicked off the searching middle years, during which … More »
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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 new will grow," he sings on "Sister," the opening track from his new album Suddenly. For the first half of his career, that's exactly how he continually reinvented himself. After … More »
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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 see blue light, she's said that she didn't Google pregnancy before deciding "sure y not," and she's gotten into a heated debate about retiring … More »
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Premature Evaluation: Tame Impala The Slow Rush

I was worried about this one. First came the waiting: Kevin Parker took half a decade to follow up Currents, the album that cemented Tame Impala as the biggest rock act on the modern festival scene. Then came the wincing: The first few songs Parker released from his new The Slow Rush did … More »
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Premature Evaluation: Destroyer Have We Met

Over the years, the malleability of Destroyer has become one of the project's most consistent and rewarding qualities. There are throughlines, of course, most importantly Dan Bejar's sardonic yet oddly poignant presence. He is always there, laconic as ever, scattering half-broken melodies at will over music that, from album to album, offers slight modulations and … More »
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Premature Evaluation: Coldplay Everyday Life

When was the last time Coldplay released a truly great album? … More »
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Premature Evaluation: Kanye West Jesus Is King

Fifteen years ago, nobody could've possibly predicted it: Kenny G not only appearing on a Kanye West album but having the single best moment on that album. That's what happens on Jesus Is King, the exhaustedly awaited gospel-rap album that West finally released on Friday afternoon. Kenny G -- former Barry White sideman, current best-selling … More »
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Premature Evaluation: Big Thief Two Hands

For a band whose most affecting moments are often gentle meditations or rock songs on the more elusive end of the spectrum, Big Thief sure know how to take a year by storm. Back in May, they released their third album U.F.O.F.. It was met with immediate acclaim from fans and critics alike; … More »
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Premature Evaluation: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Ghosteen

On July 14, 2015, Nick Cave's teenage son Arthur died in a tragic accident, falling from a cliff in Brighton. The event, of course, irrevocably altered the path of Cave and his family's lives. It also, inevitably, will loom over whatever music he releases from now on. The story surrounded Skeleton Tree, his … More »
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