New Releases: April 25, 2006

Here’s our rundown of what’s new and noteworthy in record stores this week.

The Streets, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (Vice)
After streaming his entire third album on MySpace, The Streets (aka Mike Skinner) releases a tangible copy of The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living in stores. On his follow-up to 2004’s A Grand Don’t Come for Free, Skinner rhymes about the plight of celebrity, including his inability to do lines of blow since everyone has a camera phone.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Taking Back Sunday, Louder Now (Warner Bros.)
Taking Back Sunday revisit the emo sound that helped them break out in 2002 with Tell All Your Friends. Adam Lazzara and the Amityville boys get a little Louder Now on the follow-up to 2004’s Where You Want to Be.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Rihanna, A Girl Like Me (Def Jam)
Is Rihanna vying for the title of hardest working woman in Carribean dance-pop? Less than a year after releasing her debut, Music of the Sun, the new queen of the summer single is back with a new album and a sizzling new single, “SOS,” which samples Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.”
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Starlight Mints, Drowaton (Barsuk)
Oklahoma-bred sweet indie-pop quintet Starlight Mints release this follow-up to their 2003 debut, Built on Squares.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

The Secret Machines, Ten Silver Drops (Reprise)
The Secret Machines are back this week with their first album in two years, the follow-up to 2004’s Now Here is Nowhere.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

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