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The Apples in Stereo, ‘Travellers in Space and Time’ (Simian)

Apples frontman Robert Schneider established his love for ELO on 2007's New Magnetic Wonder, and this follow-up reveals a further exploration of that sound. Vocodered…
Lindsey Thomas / April 12, 2010

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, ‘I Learned the Hard Way’ (Daptone)

The biggest development on this Brooklyn soul group's fourth album is the inclusion of backup singers on several tracks -- not that Jones needs an…
Lindsey Thomas / April 8, 2010

Goldfrapp, ‘Head First’ (Mute)

Naural showperson that she is, Alison Goldfrapp has changed personas compulsively since her U.K. duo's 2000 debut, moving from arty cabaret balladeer to electro glamazon…
Lindsey Thomas / March 20, 2010

Miles Kurosky, ‘The Desert of Shallow Effects’ (Majordomo)

The former Beulah frontman's solo debut is hardly a one-man show. More than two dozen musicians (including old bandmates) join in, creating an ever-changing backdrop…
Lindsey Thomas / March 8, 2010

Eels, ‘Hombre Lobo’ (Vagrant)

Mark Oliver Everett takes his latest album title quite literally, unleashing predatory howls over distortion-ridden stompers like "Fresh Blood," only to awake as an innocent…
Lindsey Thomas / May 11, 2009

Camera Obscura, ‘My Maudlin Career’ (4AD)

On their fourth album, this Scottish indie-pop band's fondness for woeful heartache and Phil Spector–esque production reaches a poignant peak. Even over the cheery layers…
Lindsey Thomas / April 5, 2009

Brakesbrakesbrakes, ‘Touchdown’ (Fatcat)

Since recording the seven-second "Cheney" (only lyric: "Stop being such a dick!") in 2005, these Englishmen have learned impulse control. Frontman Eamon Hamilton's playful yelp…
Lindsey Thomas / April 5, 2009

Metric, ‘Fantasies’ (Self-Released)

Having spent the last few years on acoustic solo work, Emily Haines sounds eager to get back to the club with these nightlife tales chronicling…
Lindsey Thomas / March 19, 2009

Ida Maria, ‘Fortress Round My Heart’ (Upper 11/Fontana)

Among this Norwegian pop rocker's many endearing attributes is her total lack of interest in consistently singing pretty. Her debut is full of rasps and…
Lindsey Thomas / March 19, 2009

1990s, ‘Kicks’ (Rough Trade)

Like most bands that shape songs around wisecracks, this trio used up their best gags on their debut (2007's charming Bernard Butler–produced Cookies). Here, high-spirited…
Lindsey Thomas / March 7, 2009

Amadou & Mariam, ‘Welcome to Mali’ (Nonesuch)

In 2005, Dimanche a Bamako served as this blind Malian couple's international breakout, but producer Manu Chao's contributions -- found-sound snippets, liberal use of his…
Lindsey Thomas / February 19, 2009

Mirah, ‘(a)spera’ (K)

It's easy to create intimacy with just voice and guitar, but how many artists can squeeze a drum line into that equation? On her fourth…
Lindsey Thomas / February 19, 2009

The BPA, ‘I Think We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat’ (Southern Fried)

The latest project from Norman Cook, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, comes with a cute backstory about a group of friends dropping by a Brighton, England studio…
Lindsey Thomas / December 21, 2008

Los Campesinos!, ‘We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed’ (Arts&Crafts)

Just eight months after releasing their first full-length, Hold on Now, Youngster..., these Welsh indie poppers come boundingback with another album that's as melodramatic as…
Lindsey Thomas / November 4, 2008

Sigur Rós, ‘Meo suo I eyrum vio spilum endalaust’ (XL)

In the spirit of music milestones such as Dylan going electric and Kiss removing their makeup, Sigur Rós have written their first song in English.
Lindsey Thomas / August 21, 2008

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