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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1.The Like, Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?
(This trio of rock heiress apparents have a love for The Sundays, and even a little Cocteau Twins, that keeps their debut fresh. Guitar-pop like this may seem like the next Rilo Kiley or even Avril Lavigne, but The Like has better taste.)

2. Rob Dickinson, Fresh Wine For The Horses
(The Catherine Wheel frontman unleashes his long-delayed solo album of crunching vocals and pristine arrangements. Dickinson’s voice is immaculate enough to be its own instrument, so thankfully he’s a strong enough songwriter to make it work.)

3. Tony Yayo, Thoughts of a Predicate Felon
(The latest G-Unit member may be late to the stores, but it’s only because he’s been in jail. While the album runs a bit overlong at 17 tracks, Yayo gets his talented flow in the mix with good guest spots. Not quite 50 Cent caliber, but still better than most MCs in the Top 40 game.)

4. Super Furry Animals, Love Kraft
(These Brit-rockers deliver an expansive and explosive kaleidoscope of beauty on their seventh LP. There are so many bells and whistles, but it’s all done with “kraftsmanship.” Sturdy songs and a rare attention to detail make this a winner.)

5. Paul Wall, The People’s Champ
(Perhaps not surprisingly, this LP is the most textured and dynamic of the recent Houston hip-hop explosion. Coming from the man behind the sizzurp boards, Paul Wall does more and more to showcase his talents as a skilled rhymer. He even had the smarts to keep the guest appearances minor, and let his abilities with beats do all the talking.)

BONUS TRACK:

– “Swollen Summer” by The Bravery
(Otherwise, The Bravery’s debut album more or less sucks. But, thanks to this infectious anthem, there’s a sign of hope for these Cars posers. Truly, this is one of the best nu-wave/garage songs to come out of the last year. Too bad this band couldn’t cook up any more.)

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