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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. I’m Not There Soundtrack
(Over 30 cover versions of classic Bob Dylan, in honor of Todd Haynes’ new warp-biopic. Most of it, though, is really terrific thanks to a guest list that includes Sonic Youth, Calexico, Jeff Tweedy, Cat Power, The Hold Steady, Yo La Tengo, Sufjan Stevens, and many more. You can’t help but feel the love all over these two discs.)

2. Beirut, The Flying Club Cup
(Broad, arty, and triumphant. Not to mention Balkan. Not to mention melodic. Zach Condon’s new LP is pretentious indie-rock, but when it sounds this sturdy, who cares?)

3. Seal, System
(Yes, Seal. I’m a fan, always have been. On his fifth album, he turns back to the dancefloor for an assembly of tuneful ballads with big beats. Before Timberlake and Timbaland, he was doing his thing. He continues here, to great effect.)

4. Celebration, The Modern Tribe
(It sounds like Karen O. fronting TV on the Radio. Not too coincidentally, this new album from the Baltimore natives was produced by TV’s Dave Sitek. It’s full, ragged, and joyful.)

5. Jay-Z, American Gangster
(Hova’s companion album to the Ridley Scott film, truly is the comeback last year’s Kingdom Come should have been. Streetwise hip-hop with rhymes that will marvel and production that impresses at every turn.)

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