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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Annuals, Be He Me
(The new “it” band from North Carolina, with too-much or not-enough Arcade Fire leanings, depending on your taste. Regardless, a hearty and boisterous indie-rock orchestra of melody that will make it very hard to stop hitting “repeat.”)

2. The Rapture, Pieces of the People We Love
(The dance-rock outfit follows up a really poor major-label debut with a fierce new album of spacey jams and wailing choruses. A party album for a very cool party.)

3. The Roots, Game Theory
(The Roots get darker on this album dedicated to their fallen producer, J-Dilla. What they’ve created is their strongest record in years, a perfect tidal wave of ideas and sounds. It may not win them much on Top 40 radio, but it’s the kind of experimental rap album we’ve needed all year. Oh, and “Here I Come” is the best rap/dance mash-up since Outkast blasted “Bombs Over Baghdad.” No joke.)

4. Jeremy Enigk, World Waits
(Sunny Day Real Estate lead singer’s new solo album is a breezy and epic opus. Enigk’s unique voice carries the weight of his Eno-inspired folk/pop.)

5. Lady Sovereign, Public Warning
(The “tallest midget in the game” and London’s hottest new female MC, Sov unleashes the American version of her debut. It has the beats to keep fans of her cellphone-commercial single, but also has the brass to bring it harder on every other track.)

– “There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You” by Ben Folds
(From his new compilation of Internet-only albums, this is pure Ben Folds magic. Classic.)

– “Winter’s Love'” by Animal Collective
(From the Shortbus soundtrack, this psychedelic pop tune is one of Animal Collective’s best ever. Perfectly married to the montage in the film, it holds up on its own as well.)

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