Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Tha Carter IV
(Cash Money/Young Money)
Sounds Like: Dwayne Carter’s seen better days—no one’s bugging like they did for Tha Carter III, and guests are outshining him on these tracks after a weak-ass mixtape.
Free Association: Busta, Drake, Nas, Andre, all disproving Best Rapper Alive status here.
For Fans Of: Fabolous, T.I., Soulja Boy + Master P, leopard denim and gold fronts.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Sounds Like: Beck coaches the most listenable Malkmus solo effort to date; simple, austere production puts The Man’s voice up front and ripping guitars right behind.
Free Association: Clever lyrics, herky-jerky paces, rockin’ crescendoes—it’s all here x 10.
For Fans Of: Pavement x Pixies, careers, Koreas, I Love The ’90s.
Sounds Like: Kickass debut from the supergroup made of Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie and Janet, plus two Minders and Helium ladies; brilliant, snarling, sneering punky rock.
Free Association: Loads of chemistry here, this ain’t no stunt; they simply must thrash.
For Fans Of: Corin Tucker, the Gossip + the Donnas x Heavens to Betsy, riot grrrl.
PW's Music Issue 2014