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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Aluminum Group, More Happyness (Imagine Joe Jackson, Brian Wilson, and The Magnetic Fields getting drunk and mixing up their melodies. That’s what you get on this infectious and bittersweet opus.)

2. The Music, Welcome to the North (Listen to it like it’s dance music and not the Black Crowes-meets-Supergrass sound it seems to be on the surface. If anything, don’t miss the single “Breakin,'” one of the catchiest Brit-pop anthems of the year.)

3. Nas, Street’s Disciple (The great MC has delivered a hefty experience with this double album, but it’s still fine. Fiery rhymes and smart beats help keep your interest for over 30 tracks.)

4. U2, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Most of this new album from U2 works very well. It won’t be one of their all-time classics, but it’s a strong document of the best band working today.)

5. Various Artists, The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered (What could have been a silly gimmick actually comes off like some kind of genius. Here’s a double album. One half features some of the classics from Johnston, a cult indie folk hero. The second half features blissfully sweet covers by artists such as Beck and TV on the Radio. Terrific.)

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