RIFF’d: Freddie Gibbs’ ‘Shadow of a Doubt’

Only one year removed from one of the best rap albums of the decade and Freddie Gibbs casually walks up to the plate and belts one clear over the left-field bleachers; two back-to-back homeruns without breaking […]

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RIFF’d: Ellie Goulding’s ‘Delirium’

Ellie Goulding has had enough of being ‘that girl who sang (X super-famous EDM track)’ without anyone knowing her name. She’s done with her remixers getting more attention of her tracks than she has. Like […]

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RIFF’d: Josh Ritter’s ‘Sermon on the Rocks’

Josh Ritter delivers his Sermon on the Rocks like most preachers would — with as many references to commonly recognized Biblical images as possible, and some raunchy boasts for PG-13 appeal. NPR calls the album’s […]

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RIFF’d: Protomartyr’s ‘The Agent Intellect’

Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect is 2015’s ultimate hard-luck album. Not only did the making of the record see lyricist Joe Casey’s father shuffle off his mortal coil, and his mother begin a decline into Alzheimer’s, […]

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RIFF’D: Janet Jackson’s ‘Unbreakable’

It is en vogue now for aging divas to stage comebacks, an idea based purely on reputation versus actual relevancy. For Janet Jackson‘s latest album Unbreakable, her first in seven years, she falls victim to the same traps […]

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RIFF’d: Chvrches’ ‘Every Open Eye’

Chvrches. So hawt right now. Everyone’s favorite hipster boom-clap outfit has released their sophomore effort, Every Open Eye. The hype-singularity of a group delivers even more Top-40 EDM for Pitchforkers, with few forays outside that […]

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RIFF’d: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Honeymoon’

Lana Del Rey has been relying far less on her sultry, over-the-top vocal pout than she has in the past, and frankly, the more she reins that in, the better. What’s left is certainly a listenable bit of […]

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RIFF’d: Gary Clark Jr.’s ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’

Gary Clark Jr. is not going to let us just label him ‘that guy from Austin who’s really, really good at guitar’. Or, alternately ‘that black guy from Austin…’, since bluesy guitar work has become a […]

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RIFF’d: Miley Cyrus’ ‘Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz’

Miley Cyrus‘ fifth studio album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, is a musical abomination, a pop music bukkake with no identity. It’s a smattering of style, from hip-hop and folk to psych rock, pulled directly from […]

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RIFF’d: Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘E•MO•TION’

Carly Rae Jepsen’s career thus far has been a magnificent spectacle. From grating, infantile viral breakout to an even more brainless follow-up collab with Owl City, she’s managed to avoid getting knocked down thanks to Parkour-level […]

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