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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Spoon, Gimme Fiction (Critical darlings turn it up and let it out for their highly anticipated new disc. Shuttling between piano pop and Wilco-inspired architecture, it’s a dark and delicious rock stomp.)

2. Z-Ro, Let the Truth Be Told (Houston MC delivers a powerhouse release, featuring the usual suspects of Lil’ Flip, Devin The Dude, and – ? – Ashanti? Whatever, this is intoxicating stuff, and an undergound classic-in-the-making.)

3. Heartless Bastards, Stairs and Elevators (Rough, female-led garage rock from this Ohio trio competes with the best of them. PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, and Drive-By Truckers get the homage treatment from a tight band and gorgeous rock vocals.)

4. Husky Rescue, Country Falls (Sweet and smooth chill-out summer disc from this Finnish outfit. For fans of Zero 7, Ivy, and Air. They claim their place at the table, and not a season too soon.)

5. Weezer, Make Believe (California emo-inventers make sure that their first album in three years is also one of their best. Subtle experiments and fuzzy riffs wash up on sunny harmonies. And “Beverly Hills” will end up being one of the singles to own the summer of 2005.)

BONUS TRACKS

“Send A Message To Her” by Beck (This bonus song – only available on the limited edition expanded Guero set – is probably better than most of what’s on the actual album. Rollicking and rich, with a sultry New Wave breakdown in the middle.)

“Oh My God” by Kaiser Chiefs (If the NBA was smart, they’d license this U.K. hit to be one of their theme songs during the end of the season. It’s an insanely pleasant, driving, and infectious arena rock anthem. Queen would be proud.)

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