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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Sons and Daughters, Love The Cup (These Scots sound like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or even Yo La Tengo making songs at Sun Records. Brisk, moody, and sharp.)

2. Bjork, Medulla (The Icelandic pop queen’s new one is primarily nothing but vocals… might be tough for some, but there’s a strong and infectious line running throughout. And Rahzel’s beatbox “drum work” must be heard to be believed.)

3. Mark Lanegan, Bubblegum (This former Screaming Trees singer has the best voice to come out of the grunge era. On this impressive new solo work he gets a little help from PJ Harvey, Queens of the Stone Age, and tons more. If Nick Cave would just lighten up every once in a while, this is what you’d get.)

4. Rachael Yamagata, Happenstance (Miss Fiona Apple? Wish Norah Jones wasn’t so safe? This is the kind of music for you. An impressive debut from this young singer/songwriter works in a coffee shop or in a late-night bar.)

5. Kings of Convenience, Riot On An Empty Street (They may sound just like a European Simon & Garfunkel, but that doesn’t stop the chaotic melodies from boiling over on this solid album.)

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