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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Miho Hatori, Ecdysis
(The former Cibo Matto vocalist has finally unleashed her first official solo album. It’s a typically bizarre by golbally-conscious buffet of trip-hop, bossanova, jazz, and Afrobeat. A moody and chill collection that should satisfy all Bjork fans who wish she did more these days.)

2. The Game, Doctor’s Advocate
(No longer a G-Unit soldier, The Game’s latest album is still a passionate hip-hop follow-up full of exceptional rhymes, and assists from top talent.)

3. Damien Rice, 9
(The Irish songsmith’s much-anticipated return is not the classic we found in his debut disc. But all the same, his latest work is an ideal soundtrack for cold winter nights by the fireplace.)

4. Joanna Newsom, Ys
(She’s always been an acquired taste, and this new album from Newsom couldn’t be more challenging to pop audiences. Five songs, each about 12 minutes long and full of Renaissance Faire imagery, it’s a recipe for headaches. And it will induce some, but also reward dedicated listeners with tender and deep melodies. If you choose to follow her down this path – where she’s joined by Steve Albini, Van Dyke Parks, and Jim O’Rourke – you’ll uncover an indie-rock album unlike anything else this year.)

5. Sufjan Stevens, Songs for Christmas, Vol. I
(Indie-pop mainstay’s holiday boxed set is a tidal wave of old seasonal classics as well as fun new tunes. You can just put all five discs on “rotate,” and enjoy your punk-rock yuletide cheer.)

– “Come Out Come Down” by 120 Days
(Norwegian buzz band blips and beeps its way to your cold and sun-deprived heart.)

– “That’s That Shit” by Snoop Dogg and R. Kelly
(There’s something oh-so-wrong and yet oh-so-right about a collaboration between these two. And, luckily, one thing that’s oh-so-right is this fun new single.)

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