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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Well Deep: Ten Years of Big Dada Records
(This is one of the best hip-hop albums of the year, no doubt. A double-disc retrospective of indie rap label, Big Dada. From choice tracks by Busdriver and Diplo to some hypnotic moments by Roots Manuva and cLOUDDEAD, this is the real deal.)

2. Dust Galaxy, Dust Galaxy
(Rob Garza, one-half of D.C. dub/dance group Thievery Corporation, rages on with a side project that veers heavily on the psychedelic rock and trip-hopping explorations. Expansive, beat-heavy, and wholly infectious.)

3. Say Anything, In Defense of the Genre
(If you, like me, are disappointed by recent output from emo heroes like Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional, this new Say Anything double-disc may be the cure for what ails you. It’s a diverse, bombastic, and sonically appealing rock opus. With help from the acclaimed Brad Wood, Say Anything tries to make the emo White Album. And, they may have pulled it off.)

4. Wu-Tang Clan, 8 Diagrams
(This, the latest of many “comeback” albums from New York’s fiercest hip-hop supergroup, shouldn’t be as good as it is. Sure enough, it’s the Wu-Tang Clan’s best studio album in 10 years. While Ol’ Dirty Bastard has passed on, RZA expertly leads Method Man, Ghostface, Raekwon, and the rest on a sturdy journey of great songs.)

5. The Hives, The Black and White Album
(They fumbled like the Dallas Cowboys with their second LP, but this Swedish new-garage combo succeeds with the blissful rock/pop on their latest. Hummable, hardcore, and surprisingly good.)

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