Will Hermes

Will Hermes appears in the following:

Sam Smith Offers Brand New Tracks With Vintage Feel In 'The Thrill Of It All'

Monday, November 06, 2017

British soul singer Sam Smith's debut LP, In The Lonely Hour, showcased his remarkable voice. It was one of the best-selling records of 2014, won four Grammys, and drew comparisons to Adele. His second collection is titled The Thrill Of It All. Music critic Will Hermes says each track on the record is elevated by Smith's voice into something magnificent, that feels vintage, and at the same time, brand new.


LCD Soundsystem Lives Its Darkly Philosophical, Archly Self-Aware 'American Dream'

Friday, September 01, 2017

After a six-year hiatus, the New York dance-rock band has put out a "fiercely intergenerational" album, says pop critic Will Hermes.


Music Review: 'The Weight of These Wings,' Miranda Lambert

Friday, November 18, 2016

Music critic Will Hermes reviews a new album from one of country music's biggest stars, Miranda Lambert.


Bon Iver's Latest Is A Soulful Mix Of Wood And Microchips

Friday, September 30, 2016

22, A Million is a radical — but logical — departure from Justin Vernon's past work. Music critic Will Hermes thinks it's the most compelling record he's heard all year.


Book Review: 'Born To Run,' Bruce Springsteen

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Music critic Will Hermes reviews a new autobiography from Bruce Springsteen called Born To Run.


Music Review: 'Wildflower,' The Avalanches

Friday, July 15, 2016

Will Hermes reviews a second album by The Avalanches that was 16 years in the making called Wildflower.


Music Review: 'A Sailor's Guide To Earth,' Sturgill Simpson

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Will Hermes reviews the most heartening record he's heard this year. It's A Sailor's Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson.


Music Review: 'Blackstar,' David Bowie

Friday, January 08, 2016

Music critic Will Hermes reviews the new album from David Bowie which is being called Blackstar.


A Body, Transformed

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The musician and multimedia artist Laurie Anderson has long made America one of her great themes; her panoptic, early '80s magnum opus was titled United States, and her work has shown enduring fascination, and disquiet, with the way our national culture conducts itself. But Habeas Corpus, a multimedia ...


Music Review: 'Over And Even,' Joan Shelley

Monday, September 14, 2015

Music critic Will Hermes has been won over by the remarkably beautiful, pure voice of Joan Shelley. He reviews her new album, Over and Even.


Music Review: 'Poison Season,' Destroyer

Friday, September 04, 2015

With a name like Destroyer, you might expect a heavy metal band. Led by musician Dan Bejar, the band's latest album, Poison Season, has a lighter sound with interesting, uniquely delivered lyrics.


Grateful Dead Plays Final Shows With Record-Breaking Audiences

Monday, July 06, 2015

Music critic Will Hermes went to one of the Grateful Dead's last shows that broke all kinds of records.


Review: 'Platform,' Holly Herndon

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Music critic Will Hermes says the new album, Platform, from electronic musician Holly Herndon invites deep listening.


Review: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

NPR's music critic Will Hermes reviews the deeply personal new album by Sufjan Stevens titled Carrie & Lowell.


Review: Courtney Barnett, 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit'

Monday, March 30, 2015

NPR music critic Will Hermes reviews an album that contains the best storytelling he's heard in a long time. It's the debut album from Courtney Barnett.


Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Native North America, Vol. 1 sketches out an entire chapter of American music that, remarkably and shamefully, largely had been lost until now.


Charli XCX And The Year's Most Fabulous Pop Record

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pop music has been defined this year by young women who come across as self-assured and self-directed. And, while Taylor Swift sold more records and pulled more headlines, Charli XCX (née Charlotte Aitchison) has made the year's most fabulous pop record — in part by updating a ...


Perfume Genius' 'Too Bright': Noisy, Provocative And A Little Angry

Monday, September 22, 2014

Music critic Will Hermes reviews the latest album from Perfume Genius, Too Bright.


Karen O's Intimate, Unpolished Solo Debut

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman follows her Oscar-nominated contribution to the Her soundtrack with Crush Songs, a collection of stripped-down recordings that take their tone from the album's name.


First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'Madman'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sean Rowe has been playing a haunted cover of Bruce Springsteen's "The River" on tour this year, usually using only his battered Takamine acoustic guitar, a harmonica and his well-deep, Old Testament baritone voice. It might give an impression — abetted by his impressive beard — that ...