Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
June 7, 2011 2:36 AM
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1. Moby, Destroyed
(It's the DJ/musician/producer's best studio album in almost 10 years, a series of mood pieces inspired by long hours of travel. Moby balances the soulful melancholy with the raved-up rock in a way that he hasn't, in some time.)

2. Cults, Cults
(Shimmering garage pop from a couple of New York film students. Maybe one of the best summer rock albums you'll find this month.)

3. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, Rome
(A tribute to classic Italian composers, featuring guest vocals from Jack White and Norah Jones. For my money, the Jones tracks outshine the White songs, but the true stars of this album are the elderly Italian musicians called out of retirement.)

4. EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints
(An attitude like Lou Reed, married with a vocal snarl that sounds like PJ Harvey. Tough love ballads, and dirty anthems dedicated to the street.)

5. My Morning Jacket, Circuital
(This time, the boys from Kentucky regain focus and precision, but the album still sounds like it was recorded in a sweaty gymnasium. It was.)

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