Loudon Wainwright III, ‘Older Than My Old Man Now’ (Story Sound)

Darkly amusing multigenerational affair ponders sex, death, taxing relationships.
By: Richard Gehr / April 19, 2012

Jason Mraz, ‘Love is a Four Letter Word’ (ATG/Atlantic)

Contentment passed off as spiritual achievement — and when the hook's just right, kinda credibly.
By: Keith Harris / April 19, 2012

SWV, ‘I Missed Us’ (eOne)

Everything bright, tight and transcendent about this R&B trio's '90s hits are reprised here in high harmony style.
By: Barry Walters / April 18, 2012

Homeboy Sandman, ‘Chimera’ (Stones Throw)

Bubbling, birth-of-the-earth, primordial production paired with quasi-#Based calls for empathy and verity.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / April 18, 2012

Dragonforce, ‘The Power Within’ (RRR)

Even with a new singer, the power metallers' shredder miasma just lands between Maiden and Helloween.
By: Kory Grow / April 18, 2012

Scars on 45, ‘Scars on 45′ (Chop Shop/Atlantic)

Pretty much just those forgotten '90s Squeeze albums produced with Coldplay's sense of subtlety.
By: Christopher R. Weingarten / April 18, 2012

We Are Serenades, ‘Criminal Heaven’ (Cherrytree/Interscope)

Shout Out Louds leader and Swede pal unite for sweet twee-pop festooned with lush studio filigree.
By: Barry Walters / April 18, 2012

Willis Earl Beal, ‘Acousmatic Sorcery’ (XL Recordings)

The Willis Earl Beal myth — a former soldier, briefly homeless, who now lives on the South Side of Chicago with his grandmother and staple…
By: Amanda Petrusich / April 17, 2012

Allo Darlin’, ‘Europe’ (Slumberland)

Don’t call it "twee pop": Aussie Elizabeth Morris’ gorgeous, big-hearted songs will lift the weariest soul.
By: Jon Young / April 17, 2012

Mean Jeans, ‘On Mars’ (Dirtnap)

Portland pop-punk heroes rip, party, toob, hang tuff, spit out a wealth of unshakeable, Ramones-stamped gems.
By: David Bevan / April 17, 2012
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