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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. 120 Days, 120 Days
(Norwegian space-rock-electroclash. Kinda like Bloc Party with programmed beats and William Orbit-inspired harmonies. Drug music, in other words.)

2. Lucinda Williams, West
(Americana heartbreak and countrified growl from one of the genre’s leading female singer/songwriters. Cat Power did the indie-rock version of Lucinda Williams last year. Now, Williams takes back her crown as the leading queen of Southern ache.)

3. The Good, the Bad, and the Queen, The Good, the Bad, and the Queen
(New music featuring members of Blur, Gnarls Barkley, The Clash, Verve, and Fela Kuti’s band, this could never meet the hype. Instead, it’s a somber and moody chill-out folk album that will accentuate any early-morning blues.)

4. The Shins, Wincing the Night Away
(Mega-anticipated new effort from the indie-pop wonderband delivers on the promise of smart rock and delicately textured arrangements.)

5. Mew, Frengers
(Newly reissued debut album from 2006’s buzzworthy shoegazing emo band. Epic, soaring, and powerful rock ‘n’ roll. In any language.)

– “Southside Super Bowl” by Kanye West and Common
(I wouldn’t necessarily call this “good,” but it’s certainly worth a listen. Kanye and Common deliver their Chi-town Super Bowl anthem for 2007. Too bad it didn’t work for their Bears. Maybe the “Super Bowl Shuffle” isn’t so bad in the end?)

– “Girls” by Eleni Mandell
(With a sort of Liz Phair sensibility, Mandell waltzes onto the scene with velvet vocals and easygoing melody.)

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