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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Iron & Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog
(This is a fine, fine album. Sam Beam lets his sound grow bigger than ever before, and the result is one of the best indie-rock records of the year. Yes.)

2. Kanye West, Graduation
(Not as great as Late Registration, Kanye’s third LP is still a winning mix of innovative production and clever-as-ever rhymes. Anyone who can mix Daft Punk, Chris Martin, T-Pain, and Lil Wayne this well, is basically a genius.)

3. Editors, An End Has A Start
(Some pre-release backlash kept me away from this sophomore disc by these UK rockers, but now that I’ve heard it, I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s actually a rather strong performance, combinig moody guitar textures and Brit-pop shine.)

4. Animal Collective, Strawberry Jam
(Taking a cue from their side project, Panda Bear, this new Animal Collective release is broader and busier but altogether infectious and pleasing. A sonic assault on senses you didn’t know you had… but will be happy you did.)

5. Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight
(There’s definitely a Fleetwood Mac quality to the California indie-pop quartet’s latest album. And it’s not just because of the in-fighting. Polished and precise, but gorgeous, hopefully it’s not their last.)

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