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New Albums from Bruce Springsteen, Franz Ferdinand, and 9 More


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

Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream
The Boss finally gets what he wants, but what about us?
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Franz Ferdinand, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Bumping and grinding with rock’s sauciest cads.
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Andrew Bird, Noble Beast
Chicago raconteur crafts natty songs.
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Gary Louris & Mark Olson, Ready for the Flood
Y’all-ternative twosome still know how to put tears in beers.
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The Bird and the Bee, Ray Guns Are Not the Future
Simpatico pair star in cuttingly clever postgrad musical.
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Dälek, Gutter Tactics
What Soulja Boy hears in the Guantánamo of his mind.
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Loney Dear, Dear John
Lovely mood music for that Anglepoise lamp sale at Ikea.
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Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Eye Legacy
TLC’s troubled MC betrayed by posthumous grab bag.
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Nickel Eye, The Time of the Assassins
Paging Dr. Casablancas, you’re needed in the ER — stat!
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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Old Money
Minus lyrical hoo-ha, Volta axman regains fiery focus.
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Zion-I, The TakeOver
Bay Area hip-hop humanists still speaking truth to nihilism.
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>> New albums available last week.

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