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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Frightened Rabbit, The Winter of Mixed Drinks
(These Scottish folk-rockers know how to process a sing-along, and offer up a rousing array of pub anthems set to dark tones.)

2. The Bird and the Bee, Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates
(It’s an unexpected delight, when this cocktail pop duo adds electric beats and female vocals to some great Hall & Oates songs. Hopefully, this will be the first of many volumes.)

3. The Whigs, In The Dark
(Just when you start to worry that hipster bands with catchy names, can only make orchestral or raggedy rock, an act like The Whigs deliver a memorable album without alienating the critics. They appreciate thick slabs of guitar rock, while obeying to the rules of lean production.)

4. Goldfrapp, Head First
(One of your favorite disco-and-commercial performers impresses with a mix of experimental hues and very infectious hooks. This may become a party album for the Spring, and expect to hear more of this in your next round of TV ads.)

5. The Morning Benders, Big Echo
(They sound like they’re from Brooklyn, but instead, we’ll call them the Grizzly Bear of Berkley, California. Bright harmonies rest atop lop-sided arrangements and make for some beach-appropriate pop. Maybe it’s Coney Island, but it’s beach pop all the same.)

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