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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Film School, Film School
(This cult fave San Francisco band delivers with the promise of previous singles. A West Coast indie-rock wall-of-sound combined with Cure textures, and it’s gonna be a college-radio favorite in the New Year. The best first album of 2006.)

2. Imogen Heap, Speak For Yourself
(The vocalist from Frou Frou may be Top 40 as hell, but much of her sophomore effort is the sexiest electro-pop this side of Shirley Manson. She’s apparently an O.C. staple, and after a few listens of this disc, you might want to start watching Peter Gallagher more often.)

3. Sound Team, Work
(Capitol Records has just signed this Austin rock band, and here’s their EP preview for a full-length due in early 2006. Luckily, the hype meets the product: This is the sound of a band on the verge of being “it.” If you like The Secret Machines, but wish they’d chill the heck out, Sound Team is your band.)

4. Rhett Miller, The Believer
(The Old 97’s lead singer offers his second solo release, a more expansive yet subtle follow-up. Help from Jon Brion, Rachael Yamagata, and more give weight to otherwise effortless singer-songwriter pop. The title track alone, is a stunner.)

5. The Refugee All Stars, Living Like a Refugee
(This is, essentially, the soundtrack to the festival fave documentary, The Refugee All Stars. A double-disc blend of live and studio tracks offers a brilliant glimpse into the role of music in West African refugee camps. A terrific world music release. )

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