Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
August 31, 2010 3:11 AM
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1. Brad, Best Friends?
(Reportedly culled from outtakes of earlier albums, this fourth studio LP from these Seattle-based, '70s-inspired rockers is their best since 1997's Interiors. A great summertime album, featuring Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard on lead guitars, and Satchel's Shawn Smith on vocals.)

2. Eels, Tomorrow Morning
(After a few downbeat albums of noisy garage rock, the latest from this prolific songwriter is more optimisitic and also more melodic.)

3. Jenny And Johnny, I'm Having Fun Now
(Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice collaborate for what I hope becomes a regular stint, because this collection of California folk-pop is absolutely radiant.)

4. Sufjan Stevens, All Delighted People EP
(Out of the blue, Sufjan Stevens released this unexpected EP, and it's the typically epic and grandiose indie-pop experiment you've been waiting to hear.)

5. Film School, Fission
(These nu-gaze veterans have delivered LP #4, and managed to meet the heightened expectations warranted after 2007's Hideout. The sound is a bit fuller, dreamer, and owes more to New Wave.)

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