Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
March 8, 2010 7:10 AM
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1. Broken Bells, Broken Bells
(James Mercer from The Shins, and prolific producer Danger Mouse unite for the side project you didn't know we so badly needed. Mercer's pretty melodies get prettier with the added boost, and this unlikely pairing ends up yielding great results.)

2. Four Tet, There Is Love In You
(The fifth LP from the British DJ otherwise known as Four Tet, is another scoop of minimalist beats and smart arrangements.)

3. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach
(The third album from Damon Albarn's cryptic side show is its most ambitious in terms of guests and styles. Dependable hip-hop brushes up against trance and rock. Meanwhile, Albarn pays tribute to Asian influences for the first time since mounting his infamous Chinese opera.)

4. A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Nitetime Rainbows
(Unfortunately, this is only an EP from this dream-pop/shoegaze band out of Philly. The title track, which also appears on their 2009 album, gets a few remixes along with some stunning new tunes.)

5. Rogue Wave, Permalight
(Are they still indie-rock when they made an album that sounds so... commercial? Zach Rogue and his band have gone far off the Top 40 cliff with their latest album, but it ultimately still manages to capture the sincere intensity that has made them such a reliable act on the scene.)

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