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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Steve Earle, Townes
(One of the last remaining bad boys of country pays tribute to his idol, Townes Van Zandt, and rips open new life for these dusty but timeless Americana classics.)

2. Melody Gardot, My One and Only Thrill
(If you’re still looking for a Mother’s Day stocking stuffer, try this on for size. Gardot is a talented and charismatic performer with coffee shop jazz standards that manage an enjoyable bounce.)

3. Super Furry Animals, Dark Days/Light Years
(It’s the best album in years, for these Brit-rock mainstays. Catchy, infectious, and imaginative. One moment, it’s space rock and the next moment it’s club sounds. And, special points for any band that can craft a hook out of the words “The Very Best of Neil Diamond” as a refrain.)

4. St. Vincent, Actor
(Brooklyn-based Texas native impresses with her sophomore solo album. Big songs with lush production, all grounded by her unmistakable and unshakable voice.)

5. Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
(Just in time for Cannes: these French pop-rockers officially welcome summer with a sunny and piercing new set of songs. This is pop/rock at its finest: succinct and sophisticated, all at the same time.)

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