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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Young Galaxy, Young Galaxy
(The indie-pop scene of Montreal clearly hasn’t lost any new blood, with this promising new outfit. Chilly space-rock with hooks to keep it an infectious listen.)

2. Bebel Gilberto, Momento
(Brazilian siren’s third solo album meditates further on the worldbeat/downbeat textures of her earlier work. The cover of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” epitomizes how she masterfully blends classic vocal arrangements over dialed-in ambience.)

3. Mute Math, Mute Math
(This is derivative stuff, but surprisingly hard to turn off. Radio-friendly pop/rock with a U2 twist. But is pretty, anthemic rock ‘n’ roll such a bad thing?)

4. Peel, Peel
(First album. Baby band of kids that can’t be older than 25. Wildly impressive debut album. It’s like an episode of “Pavement: the College Years.”)

5. Nine Inch Nails, Year Zero
(It’s only been two years since the last NIN studio album, so it’s something of an oddity to get new music out of Trent Reznor so fast. Even better, this is his most assured and patient record in many years. The industrial-tinged noise rock bleeds as fine as ever into the decaying piano chords and heartfelt vocals. Oh yeah, it’s a prog concept album, that is actually good.)

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