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Music Review Archive

May 14, 2012
Part-Time Alchemist

In his new opera, Blur’s Damon Albarn channels Queen Elizabeth’s angel whisperer.

February 20, 2012
Ring the Alarm

Noisy Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells return with a dreamy, speaker-blowing second album.

November 28, 2011
Nonstop Pop Machines

Rihanna keeps making music so you’ll not stop thinking about her; Drake, because he can’t stop thinking about himself.

November 7, 2011
Take a Walk

Lou Reed and Metallica grunt, grind, and bellow out an album.

October 3, 2011
Sentimental Education

Blink-182 evoke nostalgic memories of late-nineties teen lifeóbut now that they’ve grown up, do we still want to friend them?

June 27, 2011
Beyoncé Settles Down

Her latest album, 4, is the aural equivalent of a charming white picket fence in the suburbs.

May 30, 2011
Where’s the Beef?

The flimsy fury of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

March 28, 2011
Easy Listening

The Strokes’ first album in five years says more about cooperation than creativity.

February 21, 2011
Lady England

PJ Harvey addresses her country’s history of war with mordant wit and a beat you can (almost) dance to.

February 14, 2011
Sonic Bloom

Britain’s James Blake made esoteric electronic music, when all he really wanted to do was sing.