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Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Perfume Genius, Learning
(Take note of this debut album. Perfume Genius is the stage name of Seattle singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas, and the recordings are simple compositions delivered with confident piano and Sufjan Stevens-like vocal wails. A sparse sound, which marries lo-fi and atmosphere, but also plenty of memorable moments.)

2. Foals, Total Life Forever
(These Oxford rockers go expansive on their second LP, taking their dance-punk sound into soaring territory. At times, they sound like Coldplay and at other times, they sound like Kaiser Chiefs.)

3. School of Seven Bells, Disconnect From Desire
(Twin sisters and a former member of Secret Machines return with their second album of shoe-gazey pop. Softer than their rollicking debut, they bring a terrific sound for fans of Cocteau Twins and Lush.)

4. Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son Of Chico Dusty
(One of the most-delayed hip-hop albums ever, Outkast’s Big Boi doesn’t deliver the massive disappointment we all feared. He also doesn’t deliver a masterpiece, but instead gives us a respectable follow-up to The Love Below. Smooth and psychedelic in equal measures, a good summer rap album.)

5. Admiral Radley, I Heart California
(Members of Grandaddy and Earlimart unite for this side project, which ends up sounding precisely as it should: sun-kissed rock, lightly brushed with a electronic flourishes.)

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