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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Phoenix, It’s Never Been Like That
(The hard-working French rock band tries to break big with their most straightforward garage-rawk album ever. Gone is the gleaming dance-pop, replaced with some impressive riffs and a lush summertime polish.)

2. Murs & 9th Wonder, Murray’s Revenge
(Backpack rap that still pops and sways like some of ringtone best. Smart samples and smarter rhymes give this Living Legends legend his most accomplished record ever. With Talib Kweli in a slump and Common gone too Kanye, Murs is the backpack hip-hop hope for the time being.)

3. The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
(Brendan Benson and Jack White form a band, and pay homage to 1970s power pop. As far as “albums that look good on paper” go, this punch-drunk explosion actually sounds good, too. It could be one of your favorite rock albums all summer.)

4. T-Bone Burnett, The True False Identity
(Taking a break from producing some of the best soundtracks of all time, this native Texan returns to his singer-songwriter origins with an intoxicating melting pot of accomplished Americana. This great new album puts the roots back in “roots rock.”)

5. The Essex Green, Cannibal Sea
(They were pyschedelic-pop sensations Ladybug Transistor. Now, they’re Essex Green, and rightfully live in the same sublime universe as acts like Olivia Tremor Control and Apples in Stereo. But, unlike those bands, this is a standout record as much for fans as The New Pornographers and The Delgados, as anyone else.)

– “Falling Out” by The Sammies
(Wow. One of those perfect indie-pop singles that will live longer than any MySpace profile. More on this band, for sure, very soon.)

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