Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

By mattdentler | Matt Dentler's Blog April 2, 2009 at 5:31AM

Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz!
(As these Brooklyn noise-rockers mature, their sound becomes rather clean and tempered. But, it's still loud and still subverts all the great hooks. Not so much a sell-out, as it is a grown-up.)

2. The Love Language, The Love Language
(The next great North Carolina indie-rock ensemble sounds like fellow Southeasterners, the Annuals. Rough around the edges, these newcomers are like an ulta lo-fi version of the Arcade Fire mixed with Richard Swift's retro soul.)

3. The-Dream, Love Vs Money
(He wrote "Umbrella" and "Single Ladies," and now this R&B/pop mastermind furthers his career behind the mic. The results here are dynamic and imaginative. He could be the next R. Kelly, musically speaking.)

4. Fever Ray, Fever Ray
(Knife vocalist Karin Dreijer Andersson creates a solo project that's as strong as her day job. Spooky and serene, it's like Bjork scoring a David Lynch film.)

5. Royksopp, Junior
(Euro-dance producers return to form with their third LP, a cohesive blend of melody and thump.)