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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Apparat, Walls
(German producer/DJ Sascha Ring has given us a beautiful album of electronic blips and beats, stuttering itself along with melodies recalling the best of Notwist or early Zero 7. Not for everyone, but if it’s even slightly your cup of tea, you will LOVE this.)

2. Kelly Willis, Translated From Love
(Texas country siren returns after too many years away from the studio, with yet another passionate leap for Americana roots-rock. And, she’s got the voice of an angel.)

3. Bishop Allen, The Broken String
(Brooklyn indie-rock with a very deliberate and calculated sense of craft. Justin Rice and his merry band of rockers come off like Britt Daniel’s posse or even early Shins. In other words… they are a well-kept secret that should one day explode onto the mainstream. So, discover them now, why don’t ya?)

4. M.I.A., Kala
(The sophomore disc from this Sri Lankan rap sensation, is more dance-oriented and less hook-laden than her amazing debut. But, with some assistance from Timbaland, she still pummels us with exquisite rhymes and some unforgettable beats. “Paper Planes” could become a hip-hop classic for 2007.)

5. Interpol, Our Love to Admire
(I didn’t already blog about this? How could that be? It’s easily one of the best rock albums this summer… These New York Anglophiles step it up with the doom, gloom, and boom for their third LP and first major-label release. This is a sneaky lil rock record, one that will work its way under your skin, and stay there.)

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