Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
December 7, 2009 4:00 AM
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1. Kurt Vile, Childish Prodigy
(Rough and raggedy bar rock, like Tom Petty with a late-night Brooklyn pub addiction.)

2. The Temper Trap, Conditions
(The new Australian band best known for their contribution to (500) Days of Summer drops a debut album full of big sounds soaring melodies. Their hearts are on their sleeves, just like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the film, and it's equally addictive.)

3. Wale, Attention Deficit
(This may be the pop/club hop-hop album we've wanted for months. Featuring guest turns that add to Wale's already impressive flow, and song-after-song of radio-friendly rap. This is the day to Kid Cudi's night.)

4. Norah Jones, The Fall
(The piano/jazz/folk/pop siren returns from a hiatus with what might be remembered as the album in which she lets loose. A more organic and rock-driven sound comes with her this time out, and it's terrific.)

5. Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement
(Silky smooth vocals and lush R&B arrangements make this unlikely crooner an artist to watch.)

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