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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Dizzee Rascal, Maths & English
(This is the Brit grime MC’s best album, hands down. Catchy, cryptic and altogether impressive, with guest visits by folks as diverse as UGK and Lily Allen. Already a frontrunner for best rap album of the summer.)

2. Ryan Adams, Easy Tiger
(He’s just about the best new songwriter on the planet, seriously. His latest in a deluge of recent output is better than most, a somber and sweet collection of country-tinged ballads and barn-rocking stompers.)

3. Queens of the Stone Age, Era Vulgaris
(Highly adequate if not totally terrific, the rock solid Josh Homme project unleashes more barroom brawl anthems and a few really infectious tunes.)

4. Bright Eyes, Cassadaga
(Conor Oberst has materialized with his most consistent and complete album. It’s also his most accessible and roots-rocking. After an uneven double-album, he returns to fine, folky form. Plus, there are some really beautiful and lush interludes.)

5. The White Stripes, Icky Thump
(Yes, it’s great. Yes, Jack White is a mammoth talent at songwriting and performing. But, did you know it’s also rather mature and dark? Something the Stripes have been missing, but luckily have discovered. A bold and exciting new direction for the Detroit/Nashville duo.)

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