Here’s a rundown of what’s available online and in record stores this week. Click each album title to read Spin‘s review:
Beck, Modern Guilt: Pop’s two cleverest auteurs decide to carpool.
Albert Hammond Jr., ¿Cómo Te Llama?: The singer does shoe jingle, the guitarist does indie jangle.
Ratatat, LP3: Studio whizzes twist electronic pop into an intricate spectacle.
Patti Smith and Kevin Shields, The Coral Sea: Musical mavericks pay tribute to renegade photographer.
Melvins, Nude With Boots: Sludge-punk godfathers lumber on with caveman insouciance.
Son Ambulance, Someone Else’s Déjá Vu: Lavish, expensive ’70s rock reprised as artsy indie craftiness.
Mugison, Mugiboogie: One-man band deftly ditches Mellow Gold for Beatlemania.
The Black Ghosts, The Black Ghosts: Longtime Britpop fiends create a bleakly appealing song suite.
Jean Grae, Jeanius: Still spittin’ as wickedly as the first day she ripped a stage.
Killer Mike, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II: ATL rap commando sprays the room with seething rhymes.
Leila, Blood Looms and Blooms: Gifted electronic twiddler creates a playful, savvy fantasia.
Little Jackie, The Stoop: Still trying to be the next Neneh Cherry — ten years later.