Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
June 3, 2010 3:40 AM
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1. How To Destroy Angels, How To Destroy Angels EP
(You can get this EP for free, by clicking that link. A project from Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and his new wife, former West Indian Girl singer Mariqueen Maandig, this sounds better than some vanity project. It's more industrial and darker than West Indian Girl, but Maandig's tender vocals make it more akin to This Mortal Coil. In other words, goth music for those days you're wearing black in the sunshine.)

2. Court Yard Hounds, Court Yard Hounds
(Two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks embark on a side project that feels natural. With more attention paid to harmonies and production, this new album should please fans of their full-time band but also feels strong enough to win over people who like their country music to sound a little more earthy.)

3. Band of Horses, Infinite Arms
(With the band's third album, and first since leaving Sub Pop, Band of Horses isn't rocking as hard or heavy this time out. The tunes are more contemplative, but also feel more personal.)

4. Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid
(An epic concept album that features guest appearances from a list of eclectic musicians such as Big Boi, Of Montreal, Saul Williams, and more. Part sci-fi pop album and part R&B lovefest, this terrific new album is charging its way to be one of the most memorable in 2010.)

5. Karen Elson, The Ghost Who Walks
(I'll admit it, I was ready to dismiss Elson as the subject of nepotism: a former model who recently started a family with Jack White. But, the girl has some songs in her. Like a more blues-oriented Beth Orton, this fellow Brit captures a love for American folk, and walks down the runway with it.)

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