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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale
(Believe it or not, the Wu-Tang rapper has done it again. The strangest – living – member of the Wu clan, he’s bested his own Pretty Toney Album with a cunning collection of hip-hop anthems, engimatic rhymes, and a talented selection of guests.)

2. Deadboy & The Elephantmen, We Are Night Sky
(Wow. Two members: a man on guitar and a woman on drums. Before you say “White Stripes,” and you wouldn’t be terribly far off, wait till you get a load of the heavy David Bowie influence on this Louisiana duo’s indie stomp. This one’s a sleeper.)

3. KT Tunstall, Eye to the Telescope
(This Scottish-Asian songstress has a powerful breakthrough record that is way better than it has to be. If anyone thinks James Blunt could be more blunt or is slightly underwhelmed by the new Beth Orton album… KT is A-OK.)

4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones
(Karen O. and Co. add a few layers of fuzz to their NYC garage-punk. Melodic, anthemic, and impressively tight all around: no sophomore slump here.)

5. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, House Arrest
(A dirty, lo-fi masterpiece: sounds come up from underwater, voices so dissonant they may not even exist. Compiled with an old 8-track cassette recorder and a whole slew of inventive noise-pop sounds, there’s no doubt this was not only recorded under House Arrest, but probably in that house’s dank basement as well.)

BONUS TRACKS:

– “The Youngest Was the Most Loved,” by Morrissey
(One of the best tracks from Moz’s strong new LP is a classic Smiths-era anthem with equal parts adult regret and childhood skepticism. A kids’ choir refrain doesn’t hurt, either.)

– “Don’t Give Up” by The Noisettes
(These Brits have an unusual but never odd sound that recalls Morcheeba as if inspired by The Sex Pistols. Rough rock and soul vocals pop over and over with this stellar single.)

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