Here’s our take on the best and worst albums available online and in record stores today:
R.E.M., Collapse Into Now
Finding Their Religion: Refreshed and refueled for a new alt-rock reckoning.
Lupe Fiasco, Lasers
B.o.B’s Your Uncle: MC tries to maintain dignity in crossover scramble.
Elbow, Build a Rocket Boys!
Sumptuously crafted and literately emoted for you!
Zen and the art of getting indie-rock dudes to dance.
Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo
Like The Threepenny Opera in a Wawa parking lot.
Rival Schools, Pedals
Post-hardcore pro keeps gruffly hooky spirit alive.
Ellie Goulding, Lights
Shiny, wholesome dance-pop, with a dash of saucy.
Morning Teleportation, Expanding Anyway
Manic psych-folk crew giddily jerks genres.
Various Artists, Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978
Wye Oak, Civilian
Cryptic murmurs bloom into feverish indie hymns.
Avril Lavigne, Goodbye Lullaby
Come back, Sk8er Girl, we miss your complications.