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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. South, Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars
(Brit-rock band with a blend of shoegazing and anthemic melodies delivers a fine record, the best since their debut offering.)

2. Nelly Furtado, Loose
(The Canadian pop chameleon teams with Timbaland for a summer party record that surveys the seas of hip-hop, dance-pop, reggaeton, and more. Steals from recent albums by Madonna and Gwen Stefani, but is actually a better record than both.)

3. The Submarines, Declare a New State
(Dynamic duo of Boston-bred pop/rock musicians: one is reportedly a great-great grandaughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the other is a proven indie balladeer who used to be known as “Jack Drag.” The product is a breezy pop record that is “great-great” and never a “Drag.” Expect to hear these songs all over Grey’s Anatomy and The O.C. next season.)

4. Be Your Own Pet, Be Your Own Pet
(This band of rowdy 17-year-olds slice up punk-rock chaos that is imperfect, noisy, and catchy. Discovered by Thurston Moore, they personify the pure purge of punk. Better than any My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy you could find.)

5. Thom Yorke, The Eraser
(A rarity: an album that totally meets your expectations. The Radiohead frontman’s solo excursion sounds like Radiohead, solo. Sparse instruments and Yorke’s quivering voice exchange sonic explosions and some really unforgettable moments.)

BONUS TRACKS:
– “Bossy” by Kelis and Too $hort
(The soul/rap vocalist now best known as Nas’ better half unveils a new single with Neptunes-heavy beats and a positive, resourceful lyrical message.)

– “The Wait” by Built To Spill
(A psychedelic and sincere summer song with the kinda Americana-indie twist this college-rock champion band is best known for.)

– “Deja-Vu” by Beyonce and Jay-Z
(Not quite “Crazy in Love” all over again, but the King and Queen of hip-hop royalty deliver the goods with the infectious new single from B’s upcoming sophomore solo record.)

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