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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Embrace, Out of Nothing
(Great, big arrangements and deep hooks from this U.K. band. A combination of late-Verve and early-Spiritualized that floats like great Britpop should.)

2. The Ponys, Celebration Castle
(With some help from college radio legend Steve Albini, this Chicago band takes the subtle melody of garage rock and makes it pop. The textures are tough, but it’s catchy as hell.)

3. Foo Fighters, In Your Honor
(Dave Grohl and company deliver this double-album, their best release since 1997’s The Colour and the Shape. One disc is roof-rattling heavy rock and the other is positively pretty walls of acoustic songwriting. The influence of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Nick Drake, and Neil Young co-exist on 20 songs.)

4. The White Stripes, Get Behind Me Satan
(Their highly anticipated new disc is every bit as good as their breakthrough, Elephant. The blues get bluer and the country/western-tinge bleeds deeper. In short, Jack White is a genius.)

5. Gang of Four, Entertainment!
(The 1979 post-punk classic is remastered and reissued with live tracks and alternate versions. This is arguably the album that launched a thousand pop bands today, from Interpol to Bloc Party to The Killers and beyond. If you like any of those acts and you’ve still never heard this album, pick it up now. After all these years, this new reissue proves it still sounds ahead of its time and rivals the new generation.)

– “Grind With Me” by Pretty Ricky
(An intoxicating and lush hip-hop jam that will probably be one of the things you spin most in your car this summer.)

– “Switch” by Will Smith
(Who would have thought The Fresh Prince could dive into the summer of 2005 with a dance song perfect for the clubs? He did, and this impressive track is worth checking out if you ever lost the Philly faith.)

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