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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Various Artists, Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration
(The legendary R&B and soul record label celebrates its staggering history with this 50-track double-CD box set. You’ve heard “Green Onions” and “Soul Man” enough, this is for the collection, the remastering, and the woefully underrated Stax classics found here in all their glory.)

2. Loney, Dear, Loney, Noir
(Swedish indie-pop with a nod towards Sufjan Stevens, Nada Surf, Belle & Sebastian, and more. Delicate, lullaby melodies and distinctly textured arrangements make for a rainy-day soundtrack.)

3. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
(Retro soul so authentic, it hurts. This British diva has tons of hype, but enough talent to back it up. Her new record is one regretful sad ballad after another, but they pack in mountains of strength and surprises.)

4. Neil Young, Live From Massey Hall 1971
(The latest release from the newly discovered Neil Young concert bootlegs, is a soft-spoken and memorable solo event from the world’s greatest living songwriter. Sitting in front of an audience of fellow Canucks, Young offers up “new” tunes like “Old Man” and marries them with forever-classics like “Helpless” and “Ohio.” It’s an engulfing concert experience delightfully presented in a tender new package.)

5. The Young Knives, Voices of Animals and Men
(Brit pop/punk assault that comes in fits and starts, with clever lyrics and even smarter melodies. Two years ago, they would have been one of the biggest buzz bands in the world. Today, they manage a safe haven as one of the best-kept secrets from the still-vital U.K. garage rock scene.)

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