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Mogwai | A Wrenched Virile Lore

Sub Pop (2012)
All in all, Virile Lore feels more "deleted scene" than "director's cut."
By: RYAN REED  |  December 04, 2012


Nicki Minaj | Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up

Young Money (2012)
Well, now it's official: the title of every record Nicki Minaj ever makes will include the title of every other record she's ever made.
By: DAN WEISS  |  November 27, 2012


The Velvet Underground | The Verve/MGM Albums

Sundazed Music Inc (2012)
Sundazed scores with an LP-only box featuring rare original mono mixes of the Velvet's first three records; Nico's debut, Chelsea Girl ; and an unreleased album heretofore known to fans by legend only.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 27, 2012


Scott Walker | Bish Bosch

4AD (2012)
Scott Walker's late-period about-face is one of the strangest in the annals of pop music.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  November 27, 2012


Star Slinger | Ladies in the Back

Jet Jam (2012)
How high can a remix-heavy disc go when it's built on the dodgiest and lousiest of foundations?
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 16, 2012


The Evens | The Odds

Dischord (2012)
In 2006, Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Embrace, etc.) began focusing his energy on the Evens, a duo with former Warmers drummer Amy Farina.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  November 21, 2012


The Weeknd | Trilogy

Universal Republic (2012)
Modern R&B is, no doubt, in the midst of an experimental renaissance — artists like Frank Ocean, Drake, the-Dream, and even Usher are expanding the genre's sonic playbook by going darker and weirder, incorporating elements of dance-pop, trip-hop, and warped indie rock.
By: RYAN REED  |  November 16, 2012


Isis | Temporal

Ipecac (2012)
 Temporal is an assortment of rarities culled from Isis' entire career, and it's a suitably bulky set in both length (almost two hours) and aural weight.
By: REYAN ALI  |  November 12, 2012


The Babies | Our House on the Hill

Woodsist (2012)
This fall, Freaks and Geeks started streaming on Netflix, and, coincidentally, the Babies released their sophomore album.
By: NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 12, 2012


Deftones | Koi No Yokan

Reprise Records (2012)
Deftones' brand of metal is artful and spacey, patient and textured: Stephen Carpenter's de-tuned distortion washes over like menacing storm clouds; Abe Cunningham's dextrous drumming takes cues from both hip-hop and prog; and, at his most melodic, Chino Moreno is the greatest art-rock vocalist on the planet.
By: RYAN REED  |  November 12, 2012


Born Gold | Little Sleepwalker

Audraglint (2012)
Little Sleepwalker , written alone in the Arizona desert, is Born Gold's step back.
By: NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 07, 2012


Emeralds | Just To Feel Anything

Editions Mego (2012)
Compared to their predominantly improvisational past releases, everything here seems calculated.
By: MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  November 07, 2012


Soundgarden | King Animal

Seven Four Entertainment/Republic (2012)
Soundgarden have long been the most-likely grunge outfit to reunite; the only surprise here is that it took this long for them to get their shit together.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 07, 2012


Aerosmith | Music From Another Dimension

Columbia (2012)
Don't let Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension confuse you. It was produced inside the normal, predictable dimension where all Aerosmith songs since Armageddon sound pretty much alike.
By: SEAN CORBETT  |  October 31, 2012


Bill Withers | The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums

Columbia/Legacy (2012)
Bill Withers has always been the down-to-earth, odd-man-out of the '70s soul brothers: he's the one who came bearing a lunch box on the cover of his relaxed 1971 debut, Just as I Am .
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  October 31, 2012


Prince Rama | Top Ten Hits of the End of the World

Paw Tracks Records (2012)
We are used to this kind of thing with bigger stars — where the biography starts to take over and we talk more about how gaga-licious the artist is than about the music — but less so with the underground. Prince Rama don't make it easy, but their music demands that we dispense with their deep-fried, peyote-dipped creamsicle of a story as quickly as possible.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 31, 2012


Paul Banks | Banks

Matador Records (2012)
It has taken a decade, but Paul Banks has finally written his mission statement in song: "Death will come by ocean, I want that guarantee," he sings on "I Paid for That," a propulsive cut from his debut solo album.
By: RYAN REED  |  October 24, 2012


The Soft Moon | Zeros

Captured Tracks (2012)
Feeling disassociated, darkened, distressed, or just plain different this fall? Don't fret or suffer like the only hope out there for getting lost musically is by listening to early Depeche Mode or jumping on the Kraftwerk revival bandwagon.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 24, 2012


Why? | Mumps, etc.

Anticon Records (2012)
Why?'s fourth studio album has been marketed as a "return to form" after 2009's tepidly received Eskimo Snow , since frontman Yoni Wolf's trademark raps are once again prominent.
By: NICK JOHNSTON  |  October 24, 2012


Bat For Lashes | The Haunted Man

Capitol/Parlophone (2012)
It's no myth that artists tend to struggle with the dreaded second-album slump, but less clichéd and much more real is the third-album choke — especially when previous releases are so critically acclaimed.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 18, 2012


Diamond Rings | Free Dimensional

Astralwerks (2012)
"Love is a drug, and it's the only one I'm dealing," raps gender-bending synth-pop siren John O'Regan deep into his sophomore album.
By: RYAN REED  |  October 18, 2012

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