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New Albums from Janelle Monae, LCD & 5 more!

Check out our critics' take on the best and worst releases of the week.

SPIN iconBy: SPIN Staff // May 18, 2010

Here’s a rundown of the essential albums available online and in record stores today:

Janelle Monae, The ArchAndroid
She’s out there: From German expressionism to Afro-Futurism.
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LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
Hey, Ladies! Disco-punk raconteur James Murphy shows his soul.
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Band of Horses, Infinite Arms
Rootsy pros perfect their soaring, aching moan.
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Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Distant Relatives
Revelatory message blunted by digressions.
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Reflection Eternal, Revolutions Per Minute
Congenial beats balance intricately daring rhymes.
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Jamie Lidell, Compass
A soulful cyborg with a few too many parts.
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Danko Jones, Below the Belt
Cock rock that’d make even your mom snicker.
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