Album Reviews

Album review: Death Grips, “Government Plates”

Album review: Death Grips, "Government Plates."

Like Death Grips previous albums, “Government Plates” is a visceral experience brimming with piss, vinegar and—surprise—a hefty dose of electronica.



Album review: Lady Gaga, “ARTPOP”

Album review: Lady Gaga, "ARTPOP"

No one expected “Art Pop” to be anything more than another Lady Gaga album, did they?



Album review: M.I.A., “Matangi”

Album review: M.I.A., "Matangi"

Shot through with hip-hop braggadocio and indian rhythms, “Matangi” is a fun-first, issues-second album—but all M.I.A.



Album review: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”

Album review: Arcade Fire, "Reflektor."

A little bit dance, a little Greek mythology, Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” is an unforgettable and immersive album experience.



Album review: Katy Perry, “Prism”

Album review: Katy Perry, "Prism"

There’s no reason to seek out Katy Perry’s “Prism.” Even if you’re curious, it’s only a matter of time before these songs find you.



Album review: The Avett Brothers, “Magpie and the Dandelion”

Album review: The Avett Brothers, "Magpie and the Dandelion"

Culled from the same recording spell that spawned “The Carpenter,” the Avett Brothers’ “Magpie and the Dandelion” claims most of the session’s plaintive moments.



Album review: Pusha T, “My Name is My Name”

Album review: Pusha T, "My Name is My Name"

Pusha T’s “My Name is My Name” expands on the Clipse minimalism while showcasing the rapper’s masterful flow and nearly living up to “The Wire” references.



Album review: Four Tet, “Beautiful Rewind”

Album review: Four Tet, "Beautiful Rewind"

“Beautiful Rewind” has Four Tet crafting the intricate sound collages he cut his teeth on, this time hammered with steely anxiety.



Album review: Dr. Dog, “B-Room”

Album review: Dr. Dog, "B-Room"

“B-Room” gives fans 12 songs they’ll gladly belt out at the next Dr. Dog show—dependably not all that different from the last.



Album review: Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2″

Album review: Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2."

Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience — 2 of 2″ is much more than an afterthought or a collection of leftovers.