Album Reviews

Most anticipated rock, punk and metal albums of 2014: Tool, Foo Fighters and more

Foo Fighters @ Pepsi Center by John Leyba

Here are Reverb’s 10 most anticipated rock, punk and metal albums of 2014.

The 10 best under-the-radar albums of 2013: Lucius, Blood Orange and more

CMJ 2013

Reverb counts down the 10 best under-the-radar albums of 2013 that people might have missed, with Lucius, Blood Orange and more.

Album review: Beyoncé, self-titled


On Beyoncé’s surprise visual album,”Beyoncé,” the singer is a rare pop auteur, making the album she wants to make because she actually can.

Album review: R. Kelly, “Black Panties”

Album review: R. Kelly, "Black Panties."

“Black Panties” is another R. Kelly album to make moms blush and heads shake—sometime to the beat, but mostly in amused disbelief.

Album review: Childish Gambino, “Because The Internet”

Album review: Childish Gambino, "Because the Internet."

Donald Glover’s “Because The Internet” hones in on the rapper’s unique gameness for risk and establishes Childish Gambino as a project to watch.

Album review: Kevin Morby, “Harlem River”

Album review: Kevin Morby, "Harlem River"

It’s got less edge than a slice of bologna, but like spending time at your childhood home, there’s a familiarity in Kevin Morby’s debut, “Harlem River.”

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.