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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Brad, Brad vs. Satchel
(Two Seattle rock bands, both fronted by vocalist/pianist Shawn Smith, get the mash-up treatment on this Prince and Elton John-fueled collection of above-average rarities and outtakes. More than just Stone Gossard’s side project, Brad once again proves itself to be one of the most underrated acts to ever emerge from the Northwest. A great appetizer to what I hope is an impending new LP.)

2. Fruit Bats, Spelled in Bones
(Shins friends sure to break bigger with this softly smooth collection of chamber-pop/rock. The songs would be better if they didn’t constantly sound like Paul McCartney… but I guess that’s not such a bad thing.)

3. Amusement Parks on Fire, Amusement Parks on Fire
(Lame name, but they make up for it with merciless walls of chaotic fuzz and noise. Peppered throughout, these Brits take no prisoners but still unleash crisp melodies and spacey vocals.)

4. Roots Manuva, Awfully Deep
(This British-Jamaican rapper gets a little sexier for his new release. It’s not as electro-tinged as the previous release, but will no less be a great soundtrack for late, late night after the clubs let out.)

5. Maximo Park, A Certain Trigger
(Yes, yes, yes… this is the latest in the line of nu-wave rock acts to follow Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, and The Futureheads. But, it’s as good as those three if not at times, better. Notable: Vocals and melody that would make Bryan Ferry proud.)

“These Words” by Natasha Bedingfield
(If there’s anything wrong about Daniel’s sister’s single, it’s the time of year. This is a Springtime stunner and totally catchy.)

“Diamonds from Sierra Leone” by Kanye West
(Anticipation builds even bigger with this lead-off single from Kanye’s sophomore release. If the rest of it is half as provocative and textured as this, we’re good to go.)

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