Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
May 16, 2010 2:58 AM
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1. The National, High Violet
(These brooding Brooklyn rockers stick to their guns, but open up the sound to ideas of spirituality and cloudy choral leaps.)

2. Sleigh Bells, Treats
(An M.I.A.-endorsed garage dance/punk duo that may be the buzziest act of the summer. Luckily, this debut LP is good enough to keep you going till September.)

3. Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record
(After a hiatus, this Canadian power-pop group is back with a vengeance.)

4. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
(James Murphy's overzealous party band sheds some of the bombastic noise for a more subtle electro-enhanced new album.)

5. The Hold Steady, Heaven Is Whenever
(Also calming things down a little, after the departure of their keyboardist, these Brooklyn-based Midwesterners are as good as they ever have been. What they're missing in anthems on this new album, they make up for with nuanced melody.)

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