Reviews

YOU GOTTA HEAR THIS: Omni’s ‘Networker’
A stripped-down vision of post-punk that’s no less thrilling.
ALBUM REVIEW: Green Day Keeps It Brief on ‘Father of All…’
While no one really needs a new Green Day album, the aging punks' latest effort doesn't overstay its welcome.
The Top 5 Alt Rock Albums of 2019
Emo, indie and post-punk all had a big year.
ALBUM REVEIW: ‘Prison on a Hill’ Is Somos at Their Most Anthemic
The Boston emo outfit dropped one of 2019's most underrated LP.
Quinn Brown’s Top 25 Albums of 2019
If you don't know many of these, you're probably over the age of 25.
The 10 Best Rock Albums of 2019
Australia killed it this year.
EP REVIEW: Bradford Cox and Cate le Bon Don’t Live up to the Myth
The indie alchemists fail to make magic on their collaborative EP.
ALBUMS OF THE DECADE: Real Estate’s ‘Atlas’
MMC Writers reflect on their favorite records of the 2010s.
ALBUM REVIEW: Robert Glasper Expresses Both Sides of Himself on ‘Fuck Yo Feelings’
No one marries jazz and hip-hop quite as masterfully as Robert Glasper.
ALBUM REVIEW: Post Malone Draws No Blood on ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’
The hitmaker may have gotten stuck inside his own formula.
ALBUM REVIEW: Sleater-Kinney Sounds like Someone New on ‘The Center Won’t Hold’
Depending on your perspective, the riot grrrl heroes' St. Vincent-produced ninth LP is either a triumph or a tragedy.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘We Love You Tecca’ is a Trap for Young Players
A little variety would have gone a long way.
ALBUM REVIEW: Lana Del Ray Finds the Silver Lining on ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’
We knew Lana can swear like a sailor, but the knowledge that she can feel things comes as more of a shock.
ALBUM REVIEW: Jidenna Paves the Way for Retro-Afro-Futurism on ‘85 to Africa’
The Nigerian-American hip-hop crooner continues his trendsetting path.
ALBUM REVIEW: Drew Holcomb’s ‘Dragons’ Takes the Long Way Home
The Tennessee trio adds a dash of pop to their trusted Americana formula.
ALBUM REVIEW: Tycho Finds a New Forecast on ‘Weather’
The new LP marks a collaborative turning point for the ambient outfit.
ALBUM REVIEW: You Can’t Be Immune to Clairo
Forget the backstory and let this sunny pop album play the summer out.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Murder Capital Plays like There’s No Tomorrow on ‘When I Have Fears’
The brooding hostility on the Irish post-punks' debut suggests a band that are absolutely certain of their worth.
ALBUM REVIEW: Oh Sees Look Back for Once on ‘Face Stabber’
John Dwyer weaves together the many threads of his past.
ALBUM REVIEW: Black Dresses Come Out to Play on ‘Love And Affection for Stupid Little Bitches’
With their third release of 2019, the experimental duo has finally begun to garner some much deserved attention.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ Sets Slipknot Apart
The nu metal heroes produce a blistering return to form.
ALBUM REVIEW: Ty Segall Finds a New Flavor on ‘First Taste’
Ty’s latest drags you through a minefield of sounds—with surprisingly little guitar.
ALBUM REVIEW: Dude York Switches It Up on ‘Falling’
The nostalgic rock trio lets a new voice emerge on LP3.
ALBUM REVIEW: Black Milk Flexes on ‘DiVE’
The Detroit producer/MC shows off his multifaceted skills.
ALBUM REVIEW: Fontaines D.C. Make One Hell of an Impression on ‘Dogrel’
The Irish post-punk outfit's loaded debut is a love letter to Dublin.
ALBUM REVIEW: Peppa Pig’s First Album is One Wild Ride
A dark and harrowing listen from the beloved children's show character.
ALBUM REVIEW: Khruangbin Reaches for the Sky on ‘Hasta El Cielo’
The Texas trio gives their 2018 masterpiece a dub redux.
ALBUM REVIEW: Beyoncé’s Lion King Album Tries Too Hard
Quality performances and curation are marred by mixed execution.
ALBUM REVIEW: Hatchie’s ‘Keepsake’ Isn’t Worth Holding Onto
The Aussie dream-pop singer's '90s-soaked debut is too much pop and not enough dream.
ALBUM REVIEW: Titus Andronicus Keeps It Simple on ‘An Obelisk’
The New Jersey punks embrace a straightforward approach on their Bob Mould-produced sixth album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Mannequin Pussy Has No ‘Patience’
The Philly outfit is loud and noisy on brief third LP
ALBUM REVIEW: The Black Keys Get Back to Basics (Sort of) on “Let’s Rock”
The Akron duo's first self-produced record in 13 years is, if nothing else, catchy as hell.
My Top 20 Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC's Editor-in-Chief lists his favorite records of the past six months.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Raconteurs Offer More of the Same on ‘Help Me Stranger’
Their first record in 11 years is bogged down by the same old mistakes.
My Top 10 Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC writers look back at the last 6 months of music
ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi’s ‘Schlagenheim’ is a Promising Start
The exciting young experimentalists may have lost something when translating their frenetic live show to the studio.
The 5 Best Heavy Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music.
My 15 Favorite Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music.
The 15 Best Non-Album Tracks of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music.
Dev Del Molino’s Top 6 Hip-Hop Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
My Top 7 Albums Of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
EP REVIEW: Lil Nas X’s ‘7 EP’ is a Mixed Bag of Nothing
As it turns out, the viral wonder is a fairly versatile artist, but it doesn't do him any favors.
My 5 Favorite Indie Albums of 2019 (So Far)
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
My Top 5 Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
My Top 5 Albums of 2019 So Far (and a Few More)
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
My 6 Favorite Rock Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
My Top 15 Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
My Top 9 Albums of 2019 So Far
MMC Writers look back at the last six months in music
ALBUM REVIEW: *repeat repeat’s ‘Glazed’ Is Tooth-Achingly Sweet
With help from a Black Key, the Nashville unit gives their sound a shiny coat of paint.
EP REVIEW: Is Miley Cyrus Even Trying on ‘She Is Coming’?
Miley is flying on autopilot, armed with a fatal lack of self-awareness
ALBUM REVIEW: Steve Lacy Sputters to Moon and Back on ‘Apollo XXI’
When launching into space, small miscalculations can be fatal.
ALBUM REVIEW: Holly Herndon Pushes New Boundaries on ‘PROTO’
The Berlin-based experimental artist's latest work was recorded in collaboration with a unique vocalist: an AI computer named Spawn.
ALBUM REVIEW: Denzel Curry Forgot to Try on ‘ZUU’
The South Florida sensation attempts to freestyle another masterpiece, and fails.
EP REVIEW: Interpol’s ‘A Fine Mess’ Is Just Fine
An uneven EP of leftovers from an uneven album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Nots’ ‘3’ Is Paint-By-Numbers Post-Punk
The Memphis post-punk outfits' third LP is a generic example of today's legitimately interesting post-punk revival.
ALBUM REVIEW: Tank and The Bangas Miss their Mark on ‘Green Balloon’
Having won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, New Orleans R&B outfit Tank and the
L7’s First Album in 20 Years is Nothing New
The L.A. punk legends sound rusty.
ALBUM REVIEW: Sunn O))) Take Their Sound to Its Core Elements on ‘Life Metal’
Whether you like the Drone Metal pioneers' latest depends on whether you like Drone Metal.
ALBUM REVIEW: Nico Segal and Nate Fox Fail to Tie It All Together on ‘Intellexual’
The Donnie Trumpet members fall flat on new project. But it 'sounds' great!
ALBUM REVIEW: King Gizzard Gets Bluesy on ‘Fishing For Fishies’
The prolific rock chameleons go full Allman Brothers.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cage The Elephant Sound Confined on ‘Social Cues’
If Cage the Elephant was trying to do something new on LP5, they ended up with a forgettable repeat of their formula.
ALBUM REVIEW: Drugdealer Goes Full Yacht Rock
On his second album as Drugdealer, Michael Collins adds polish to his laidback AM pop.
ALBUM REVIEW: White Denim Sounds Stuck on ‘Side Effects’
Austin, Texas is well known for its flourishing psych and experimental music scene, and White
ALBUM REVIEW: Chemical Brothers Throw It Back on ‘No Geography’
The Chemical Brothers return to the beats and driving grooves of their early LPs.
ALBUM REVIEW: A Final Statement from the Last Delta Bluesman
'The Angels in Heaven Done Signed My Name' is a solid last statement by a man who lived the blues all of his life
ALBUM REVIEW: Logic’s Book Soundtrack Sucks
The next 'Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven'?
ALBUM REVIEW: Marvin Gaye’s ‘You’re the Man’ Reveals a Genius in the Middle of His Process
The soul icon's "lost album" is a revealing new look at a critical and uncertain point in his evolution.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Japanese House Emerges Fully Built on ‘Good At Falling’
Amber Bain enters the indie pop elite with long-awaited debut.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Claypool Lennon Delirium Trips Hard on ‘South of Reality’
Side effects may include lyrical analysis paralysis, a synesthesia smells, and a burning desire to get high
ALBUM REVIEW: Offset Shows Off His Worth on ‘FATHER OF 4’
The Migos member's solo debut is anything but whack!
ALBUM REVIEW: What Were You Really Expecting from Lil Pump’s ‘Harverd Dropout’
The young delinquent is may not be cut out for an album-length project.
ALBUM REVIEW: The Specials Confront Modern Times on ‘Encore’
A worthy addition to the band's vital catalog
ALBUM REVIEW: Steve Gunn Broadcasts Mixed Signals on ‘The Unseen In Between’
An album that warmly invites you in while holding you at arm's length.
ALBUM REVIEW: Toro Y Moi Keeps Shapeshifting on ‘Outer Peace’
Thirty minutes of cosmic disco, pop and futuristic R&B.
My Favorite Deep Cuts of 2018
MMC Writers look back at the year in music.
ALBUM REVIEW: Joij Completes His Transformation on ‘Ballads 1’
Ballads 1 is the heavily anticipated debut full-length from internet sensation turned serious musician Joji.
ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Village Green Preservation Society’ Is The Kinks’ Magnum Opus
The definitive edition of the Kinks definitive masterpiece.
ALBUM REVIEW: NAO Soars Through Space on ‘Saturn’
British R&B doubles down on her electric sound on sophomore effort.
ALBUM REVIEW: Khalid’s ‘Suncity’ EP is All Surface
The follow-up to 'American Teen' features syrupy, by-the-book R&B.
ALBUM REVIEW: At Long Last, ‘Tha Carter V’ is Here
Lil Wayne's long-delayed album doesn't disappoint.
ALBUM REVIEW: Guerilla Toss Soundtracks Modern Madness on ‘Twisted Crystal’
The Brooklyn art punks keep things crazy on their third album.
ALBUM REVIEW: Lyrics Born Keep The Party Alive with ‘Quite A Life’
Where my Quannum fans at? The dynamic and highly-skilled Bay Area legend Lyrics Born is
ALBUM REVIEW: Joey Purp Tries to Squeeze Everything into One on ‘QUARTERTHING’
"Started with a 28 / 28 turned to a 56 / 56 turned to a QUARTERTHING."
ALBUM REVIEW: Swamp Dogg Keeps It Weird on ‘Love, Loss and Auto-Tune’
The 76-year-old cult hero uses new technologies to do what he's been doing since the '70s.
ALBUM REVIEW: Paul McCartney Keeps It Fresh on ‘Egypt Station’
The 76-year-old Beatle isn't done until he says he is.
ALBUM REVIEW: Curren$y Keeps Spitting on ‘Fire in the Clouds’
It’s always good to check in with a Spitta Andretti project from time to time.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cory Wong Spreads Funky Positivity on ‘The Optimist’
Vulfpeck guitarist turns a near death experience into life-loving grooves.
ALBUM REVIEW: Papa M Meditates on ‘A Broke Moon Rises’
A contemplative listen from the busiest indie musician you haven't heard of.
ALBUM REVIEW: Cordovas Sound Like Pretenders on ‘That Santa Fe Channel’
A Hollywood take on a “really cool, authentic, bearded bro band that can be sold to banks for commercials.”
ALBUM REVIEW: Trippie Redd Shows His Versatility on ‘Life’s A Trip’
A concise and worthwhile journey through teenage emotions and an unconventional mind.
ALBUM REVIEW: Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ is One Hell of a Ride
Proof that Trap can lend itself to the album format.
ALBUM REVIEW: YG Plays It Close to Home on ‘Stay Dangerous’
It's still a sharp and vivid LP with some high-caliber features
ALBUM REVIEW: Israel Nash Goes Big on ‘Lifted’
An impressive album for fans of melancholic, melodic folk rock.
ALBUM REVIEW: Body/Head’s ‘The Switch’ Will Give You Goosebumps
Kim Gordon and Bill Nace build beckoning experimental soundscapes.
ALBUM REVIEW: Pram Do What Only They Can Do on ‘Across the Meridian’
A surrealistic trip through worldly exotica, lounge, jazz, B-movies and psych-pop.
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