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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Dredg, Catch Without Arms
(This West Coast prog-rock group makes things catchier and less experimental for their third album. But it’s still tight and strong, if not as clever. Running between hearty drums and an expansive guitar sound, the band’s new album is like a sunshiney Tool. Imagine that.)

2. Keyshia Cole, The Way It Is
(With some assistance from Kanye West, Jadakiss, and more, this young new talent delivers a standout debut. With lyrics and performance this honest and heartfelt, it seems like the dawn of a new R&B pop star.)

3. June Carter Cash, Keep On The Sunny Side: Her Life In Music
(A sweet and powerful collection of country/western classics from the late Mrs. Johnny Cash. This double-disc features poignant solo turns as well as plenty of collaborations.)

4. Elkland, Golden
(Beats and synths straight out of the Erasure songbook get a feeling of urgency and a 21st Century vibe. Dance-pop gets an emotional facelift and an indie-rock sensibility.)

5. Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd, Music From the Motion Picture Mysterious Skin
(Cocteau Twins guitarist Guthrie and composer Budd come together for this score to Gregg Araki’s beautiful new arthouse release. The product is a haunting canvas of sound, floating ambient noise on top of jazz-inspired experiments in guitar.)


BONUS TRACKS:

– “Playas Only” by R. Kelly featuring The Game
(Ignore “Trapped in the Closet” and check out this other single from the man who puts the “R” in “R&B.” With some help from The Game, this is a poppin’ new summer jam.)

– “Soar” by Christina Aguilera
(From the documentary, Rize, Christina’s song provides a great soundtrack to one of the film’s best sequences. It’s patented Christina Aguilera crooning, the kind of stuff that makes her better than Britney any day of the week.)

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