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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Sparklehorse, Dreamt For Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
(Indie-rock mainstay Mark Linkous ends a lengthy hiatus with an appropriately weird and inventive new collection of subdued psychedelia. Guests include Danger Mouse, Flaming Lips, Tom Waits, and more.)

2. Lupe Fiasco, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor
(This Chicago rapper explodes onto the scene with one of the best hip-hop releases in months. “Skateboard rap” is ushered in, with a slew of impressive guests, sing-along rhymes, and energetic beats.)

3. Beck, The Information
(Beck’s latest Nigel Godrich collaboration continues their penchant for atmospheric melody, but spices things up with some surprising uptempo moments. Much better than last year’s Guero, this is the sound of a mature and accomplished Beck Hansen.)

4. IV Thieves, If We Can’t Escape My Pretty
(Brit-rock with a slice of American blues in this sophomore release from the group formerly known as Nic Armstrong & the Thieves. A mammoth step up from their last batch of songs, the band is tighter and the tunes are unforgettable.)

5. The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
(On their major-label debut, this imaginative college-radio staple somehow made a delightfully unusual concept album under their corporate deal. Still smart and still epic, this is the daring step into the mainstream, most bands should learn from.)

– “Back Together” by Citizen Cope
(A soothing refrain kick-starts the new album by Clarence Greenwood, on this catchy and smart acoustic pop anthem.)

– “Born in the U.K.'” by Badly Drawn Boy
(The title track from English pop/folkie Damon Gough is a punch-drunk, piano-based stroll down memory lane.)

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