Reviews

Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau on John Kruth's Broad Compass

The Dean of American Rock Critics reviews Kruth and La Società del Musici's 'Forever Ago' and Clay Harper's 'Black Beauty.'
Robert Christgau
9.7.18
stream of the crop

Stream of the Crop: 11 New Albums for Heavy Rotation

New albums from Troye Sivan, Anna Calvi, and SahBabii top this week's list.
Colin Joyce
Alex Robert Ross
Kristin Corry
9.4.18
Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau on Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba's Beautiful Crossover

The Dean of American Rock Critics reviews Cissokho and Ba's 'Routes,' Imarhan's 'Temet,' Molly Tigre's 'Molly Tigre,' and Sidi Touré's 'Toubalero.'
Robert Christgau
7.3.18
Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau on Jon Hassell's "Anxiety-Easing, Life-Enhancing" New LP

The Dean of American Rock Critics reviews Hassell's 'Listening to Pictures,' Jon Hopkins's 'Immunity' and 'Singularity,' and Jlin's 'Black Origami.'
Robert Christgau
6.15.18
Essays

Arctic Monkeys Are Done Being Rock Music’s Saviours

The grimy Sheffield romantics are back with an album that’s insular, moody, and straight-up weird. There are no singles on ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, but that’s part of the appeal.
Shaad D’Souza
5.11.18
coachella 2018

We Are All Dead Inside, Just Like The Weeknd

His headlining Coachella set proved the darkness is certainly real, but the deeper meaning remains questionable.
Jeff Weiss
4.16.18
Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau on Tracey Thorn's "Feminist Bangers"

The Dean of American Rock Critics reviews Thorn's 'Record,' Irish singer-songwriter Jinx Lennon's 'Grow a Pair!!!,' plus recent records from Derek Senn and Brad San Martin.
Robert Christgau
4.13.18
Major Keys

Lil Yachty Still Can't Escape the Innocent, Innovative Sound of 'Lil Boat'

'Lil Boat 2' finds the young Atlanta rapper largely succeeding at making minor-key trap, but perhaps he was more refreshing rapping over happier video game samples.
Phil Witmer
3.13.18
Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau on the Most Affecting Political Album of Our Era

The Dean of American Rock Critics finds insight and urgency in Superchunk's 'What a Time to Be Alive.'
Robert Christgau
3.9.18
Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau on the Star-Studded, Kendrick-Helmed 'Black Panther' OST

The Dean of American Rock Critics reviews 'Black Panther: The Album,' three records from Rapsody, and one each from ​Rhiannon Giddens and Talib Kweli.
Robert Christgau
3.2.18
Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau on Fever Ray's 'Plunge' Into the Beyond

The Dean of American Rock Critics reviews Karin Dreijer's latest LP, plus new albums from Shopping, Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, and Kissey.
Robert Christgau
2.23.18
Expert Witness with Robert Christgau

Robert Christgau on Mount Eerie's 'A Crow Looked at Me,' a Brutal Listen

The Dean of American Rock Critics reviews Phil Elverum's unique album about loss and Mary Gauthier's 'Rifles and Rosary Beads.'
Robert Christgau
1.26.18