Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

by mattdentler
December 21, 2009 8:57 AM
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1. Bear In Heaven, Beast Rest Forth Mouth
(An unexpected dark horse contender for "best album of the year." This sophomore LP from the Brooklyn band immediately places them alongside greats such as Animal Collective, The Dirty Projectors, and Grizzly Bear, when it comes to gorgeously-scuffed indie rock noise-jams.)

2. BlakRoc, BlakRoc
(Otherwise known as the side project where talented MCs rap with The Black Keys as the backing band, less clever concepts have yielded much worse results. This concept, though, is clever but also delivers. What's more, Mos Def continues to show that he could make a nice living as a rock vocalist.)

3. Ola Podrida, Belly of the Lion
(Film composer David Wingo is back with his next batch of somber folk songs, where his sterling voice gets to play in a field of acoustic guitars.)

4. The Clipse, Til The Casket Drops
(It's not 2006 anymore, but The Clipse is still one of hip-hop music's last great hopes. A throwback to when rap radio was better than it is today, it's hard not to be pleased by this Virginia duo.)

5. Fanfarlo, Reservoir
(This is one time where the Arcade Fire comparison isn't simple laziness. There are also similarities here with Talking Heads and Devotchka. These Brits layer enough quality chamber pop to keep your stomach full until the next album by the bands they evidently admire.)

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