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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. The Magic Numbers, The Magic Numbers
(Soulful pop/rock by two pairs of Brit-based siblings. Lovey dovey lyrics peppered by college-rock sensibility make an album that is both ’60s Cali cool and cloudy art/folk.)

2. Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary
(If Jack White was more concerned with sounding hip and synth, this is what he might sound like. Jagged melodies and broken vocals at play with simple but dark garage-pop textures.)

3. Abdel Wright, Abdel Wright
(This Jamaican sensation defies the conventions of reggae-pop and adds rootsy-folk to the mix. Accessible and brisk, but also surprisingly hefty.)

4. My Morning Jacket, Z
(The best Radiohead album that Wilco never made. These Kentucky-based rockers get all weird on us, with sprawling structures and an anchor in Euro-rock. And they made a fantastic space-rock album in the process. More than makes up for their lame cameo in Elizabethtown.)

5. Old 97s, Alive & Wired
(These Dallas honkytonk punks finally share a concert album with the world. Maybe a little too long – at 30 tracks – but definitely a vivid snapshot of what makes them such an engaging live act.)

BONUS TRACKS:

“Fade Together” by Franz Ferdinand
(The most surprising track on their new album is also possibly one of their best. A moody waltz that sounds nothing like “Take Me Out” but is every bit as infectious.)

“Blankest Year” by Nada Surf
(An otherwise disappointing LP gets a blissful pick-me-up midway with this two-minute indie-rock dance party.)

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