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New Albums from Adele, Bayside and 6 More


Here’s our take on the best and worst albums available online and in record stores today:

Adele, 21
Betrayed! Anglo soul shouter exacts her seething revenge.
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Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx, We’re New Here
Slick sonic upstart meets rawboned proto-rap sage.
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Chain & the Gang, Music’s Not for Everyone
Witty prisoner persona needs sassier soundtrack.
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Malachai, Return to the Ugly Side
U.K. duo’s sublime pastiche casts a subliminal spell.
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Joell Ortiz, Free Agent
No hits, but he probably deserves a ghetto Pulitzer.
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Loch Lomond, Little Me Will Start a Storm
Gently jittery ensemble gradually reveals charms.
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Danielson, Best of Gloucester County
God’s kooky indie son gets right with rock.
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Bayside, Killing Time
Peevish emo vets recast by iconic alt-rock producer.
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