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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Sons & Daughters, The Repulsion Box
(Great Scot rock from these Franz friends, intertwines Pixies bombast with U.K. swagger. It’s a punk, country, folk dance party. And it hits hard.)

2. Editors, The Back Room
(Who cares if they sound exactly like Interpol? These Euro-rockers have created an unexpectedly smart fuzz album, which is currently only available stateside as an import. Nevertheless, for fans of brood-wave, it’s worth every extra, imported penny.)

3. Amadou & Mariam, Diamanche A Bamako
(A blind, married couple singing Afro-beat with French/Spanish superstar Manu Chao at the boards… and it’s as good as it sounds. This stellar set of songs may be one of the best worldbeat albums of the year, a cocktail of international flavors and uninhibited spirit.)

4. Animal Collective, Feels
(For anyone who felt like The Beta Band simply wasn’t weird enough or Spiritualized isn’t spaced-out enough, the latest from this art-rock band is epic enough. Sounds fall in and out of place, dancing on a psychedelic dreamscape so weird that it’s hard to not love.)

5. Jamie Cullum, Catching Tales
(On his second major-label LP, this piano man has continued to perfect his Robbie Williams-meets-Harry Connick, Jr. stampede. He offers delightful originals and re-invents jazz/pop standards with his British twang, making a better album than Sting has managed in some time.)

BONUS TRACK:

“The Believer” by Rhett Miller
(The title track for Miller’s upcoming solo album is a smart and instantly catchy hit-in-the-making. I challenge you to only spin it once in one sitting.)

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