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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Elbow, Leaders of the Free World
(They owe Catherine Wheel a percentage of their royalties, but these U.K. psych-rockers still brandish sharp and original textures to their drug-lullabies.)

2. Danger Doom, The Mouse and the Mask
(Look what Gorillaz has started. This is another kind of cartoon/hip-hop project, featuring MF Doom and Danger Mouse on hypnotic beats and crazy rhymes. Plus, a thread of appearances by characters from Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.)

3. Broadcast, Tender Buttons
(This electro/trance outfit makes their most pop-ready and accessible disc, full of lush love songs and trippy atmosphere. Down to only two members, the sound is fuller than ever.)

4. The Lovemakers, Times of Romance
(Late-night Europop in the tradition of Pet Shop Boys and Human League gets a makeover, placing it very much in 2005. At once, it’s Scissor Sisters and then the next minute, it’s Republica.)

5. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Jacksonville City Nights
(It’s Ryan Adams’ most honky-tonk album, probably ever. But it’s rich with nicotine, gasoline, and whiskey. It’s peppered with the kind of songwriting that would make both Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash proud. His second of three albums for 2005, and so far he’s 2 for 2.)

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