"Many groups go away then return to us diminished—we have more or less reconciled ourselves to this phenomenon. But has any legendary band returned with new material this limp and attenuated before?"
— Jayson Greene reviews the second comeback EP from the once-mighty Pixies.
"Malkmus is 47 now, closer to getting his AARP card than to graduating college. Once the wistful 25 year old with a heart full of unspeakable sentiments, now he’s the handsome middle-aged guy next door borrowing a pinch of weed to get him through this cookie-baking session for his son’s end-of-the-season soccer party."
— Mike Powell reviews the new album from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags.
"For R. Kelly, comparing pussy to a cookie (on, well, ‘Cookie’) is not a one-bar metaphor. It is instead an entire song in which he sings about ‘lick[ing] the middle like an Oreo.’ This is the power of R. Kelly: It will be impossible to eat an Oreo for a while without thinking of cunnilingus. He has fundamentally altered your existence."
— Jordan Sargent reviews R. Kelly’s latest album, Black Panties.