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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Cold Roses (Brilliant. Beautiful. Ryan Adams kicks it into country-western gear for this heartbreaker of a double album, his first of three studio projects this year. This is why he’s one of the best working today.)

2. Out Hud, Let Us Never Speak of It Again (This long-awaited new disc from the Berkeley/NYC quintet fuses electroclash, trance, hip-hop, and enough blips ‘n’ bleeps for three raves combined.)

3. Feist, Let It Die (You know Canuck Leslie Feist as part of Broken Social Scene and one of the best parts of the last Kings of Convenience record. She strikes out on her own with a breathless and amazingly poppy solo record. It’s equal parts Rilo Kiley and Sade. Play this one after the sun goes down.)

4. The Caesars, Paper Tigers (The band we all know and love from their addictive iPod commercial song, “Jerk It Out,” break out with a strong new album. It doesn’t all sound much like the – years old – ubiquitous single, it actually sounds more substantive than that. If you were a little disappointed with the new Soundtrack of Our Lives record, this is the real – Swedish – deal.)

5. Kathleen Edwards, Back To Me (Any country singer who enlists guest spots from Benmont Tench and Jim James is bound to be a little braver than most. Edwards simplifies for the greater good and comes off sounding like a young Lucinda Williams.)


– “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” by the Black Eyed Peas (Could the upcoming BEP album actually be a compromise between the textured soul of their early work and the play-it-safeness of their last album? Maybe so, and this first single is easily the most infectious danceclub/workout song since Gwen Stefani taught us how to spell “bananas.”)

– “Don’t Get Lost in Heaven” and “Demon Days” by Gorillaz (These last two songs of the new Gorillaz are incredibly different yet bound by the same fearless experimentation. It also makes me newly excited for their sophomore album, out May 24.)

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