Pitchfork Album Reviews

27 Jan. 2023
Sam Smith remains a bit of a pop paradox, a trailblazing figure who often settles into well-trodden songwriting.
27 Jan. 2023
The Louisville rock band refines its major-label sound on a brief but charming new album: It hits hardest when you don’t think too much about it.
27 Jan. 2023
Steeped in ’80s revivalism, the New York dance-rockers’ eighth album is a hazy tapestry of half-remembered sounds and shopworn tropes.
26 Jan. 2023
In spite of a few obligatory major label maneuvers, the Memphis rapper’s debut mixtape preserves her charisma with a rush of shit-talking and warning shots.
26 Jan. 2023
On his 10th solo studio album, the Brooklyn-based underground rap vet unpacks emotional baggage and asks what—if anything—he’s willing to compromise for the sake of success.
26 Jan. 2023
Turning his ear for imperfection toward dub techno, versatile producer Paul Dickow turns out six tracks that conceal worlds of activity under their grimy patina.
25 Jan. 2023
Presented as a sprawling three-hour epic, the composer’s drone piece for guitar, cello, and sine wave oscillators seeks new rhythms within the interminable sweep of pandemic time.
25 Jan. 2023
Featuring multiple songs that became staples of the Grateful Dead’s live set, the 1972 solo debut by the guitarist and singer gets a deluxe edition with a new mix and some recent live recordings.
25 Jan. 2023
The rising road-rap talent has built his name on a mixture of sinister detachment and bristling ambition. Yet despite his aloof, exacting style, he stretches himself thin on this 28-track mixtape.
24 Jan. 2023
On an often chilly album full of unexpected collaborations and smeared with apocalyptic terror, the 80-year-old art-rock legend grapples with the need for human connection.
24 Jan. 2023
Ty and Denée Segall, along with the Cairo Gang’s Emmett Kelly, refine their abrasive sound on a record that writhes, swells, and undulates like the belly of a serpent.
24 Jan. 2023
With pianist Johan Lindvall and cellist Judith Hamann, saxophonist and composer Mette Henriette presents hushed, repetitive meditations unbounded by the pressures of time.
23 Jan. 2023
The crown princess of Bronx drill arrives with a down-to-earth attitude and a diabolical knack for hooks. Assume her naïveté at your own peril.
23 Jan. 2023
On its seventh album, the Liverpool electro-pop band reaches for a lighter sound, capturing the passage of time in effervescent synths and impressionistic lyrics.
23 Jan. 2023
Propulsive and winding, this collaborative album is a hypnotic exercise in reimagining the past and future of a Ugandan tradition.
22 Jan. 2023
Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit the Australian superstar’s 1997 departure to clubland, a misunderstood journey of self-discovery that became the black sheep of her catalog.
20 Jan. 2023
A listless album about being listless, Mac DeMarco’s new collection of instrumentals summons the bleary, exhausted feeling of time spent on the road.
20 Jan. 2023
On the fourth tape in his Bin Reaper series, the Michigan breakout looks to level up with slicker beats and bigger cosigns. Fortunately, he’s still rapping about NBA stars and SpongeBob.
20 Jan. 2023
The Irish-Catalan singer-songwriter’s latest release is playful and elliptical, as reverent of folk-pop as it is invested in experimenting with it.
20 Jan. 2023
A set of previously unreleased demos for the influential Dayton band’s never-completed major label debut offers a fascinating glimpse into their strange, singular evolution.
19 Jan. 2023
Intimate yet cinematic, the Japanese musician’s new two-part album exchanges her colorful pop patchwork for soft, luminous ambient music of alien beauty and human warmth.
19 Jan. 2023
The composer and cellist’s score for Charlotte Wells’ film is full of suggestion and shadows, wringing emotion from the lightest touches.
19 Jan. 2023
On a set inspired by his father’s death, jazz drummer Sebastian Rochford enlists pianist Kit Downes, a longtime collaborator, to help him tell a story about company and grief.
18 Jan. 2023
On a new tape marking his release from prison, the Los Angeles rapper and folk hero sounds battered but resilient, mixing studio sessions with tracks recorded over the phone from inside.
18 Jan. 2023
Drawing from footwork, jungle, acid, and more, the UK producer lets his breakneck tempos lead him to some of his funkiest, most kinetic—and oddly beautiful—work to date.
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