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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. M.I.A., Arular (Sometimes, the hype can be correct. Take this buzzed-about Sri Lankan rapper, for example. Her rhymes are tight and her backing beats are infectious to the core.)

2. Kaiser Chiefs, Employment (If you miss good ol’ Blur like I do, this new debut is a welcomed delivery. Clash-worthy vocals mixed with the kind of Brit-pop songs Supergrass never wrote.)

3. Unleashed Soundtrack, RZA and Massive Attack (Wu-Tang’s kingpin lends his vocal talents as well as his production skills. Trip-hop innovators Massive Attack provide an ethereal score for the bloody, Jet Li martial arts action film. The perfect chill-out disc after getting your ass kicked.)

4. Beck, Guero (The “loser” doesn’t quite fulfill the classic status of his Sea Change, but this rock-oriented reunion with producers The Dust Brothers is still smarter than your average pop album. And it’s easily one of the most unexpectedly perfect work-out discs you’ll find today.)

5. M83, Before the Dawn Heals Us (My Bloody Valentine. Lush. Catherine Wheel. And now, M83. Only one of these four is still together. And that same one just released a dreamy and noisy shoegazing classic.)

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