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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Band Of Horses, Cease To Begin
(This reshaped but not rewired band has managed to escape any hint of a “sophomore slump” on their big and bright second LP. My Morning Jacket influences abound, but that’s not usually a bad thing. And it most certainly is not a bad thing on this fine, epic, rocking record.)

2. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 100 Days, 100 Nights
(This is the kind of record I want to have at any party I attend. Jones and her trusty backing band slam R&B and soul on you like it’s rain. The record sounds like it was recorded decades ago, with a sincerity and fire that is just as long.)

3. Grand National, A Drink and A Question
(Sunshiney dance-pop with a kick, on this Brit duo’s latest endeavor. Some more of their same formula – vocals like Sting, beats like Joe Jackson – still works wonders.)

4. Rogue Wave, Asleep at Heaven’s Gate
(This Oakland, Cali outfit still sounds too much like The Shins to make a big commercial impact. Which is too bad, because their latest rock-burner is as great as the last Shins album. Maybe even better.)

5. Bruce Springsteen, Magic
(The Boss is back on top. This is no Rising, but still a terrific reunion with the E Street Band. Best these days at his most soft-spoken, his rebel yells still pack a punch worth taking.)

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