“Coexist” – The xx
After 2009’s “xx”, a brilliantly minimalistic debut that excited most of the indie-rock universe, many wondered where the British band would take their sound. The answer is somewhat complicated. Although the band’s most distinctive elements are still in place, they branch out in subtle ways. “Coexist” shows a band that is willing to flesh out and expand it’s sound without completely breaking free of their musical boundaries; in this way the album is more “Room on Fire” than it is “Kid A“.
“Tempest” – Bob Dylan
Initial response to the legendary singer-songwriters 35th studio album has been overwhelmingly positive. Such notable publications as Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Newsday have all given the album a perfect score and described it as one of Dylan’s darkest records. This album looks like one I’ll have to spend some serious time digging into to see if the music justifies the early hype.
“Love This Giant” – David Byrne & St. Vincent
Two years in the making, this collaborative effort features two distinct and diverse voices meshing their styles together and showing the willingness to experiment. Artsy but still accessible, the album is undeniably funky and sure to please fans of both artists music.
Other notable releases:
- “Algiers” – Calexico: the Arizona band’s followup to 2008’s well-recieved “Carried to Dust”, “Algiers” is reportedly dedicated to New Orleans and exhibits many of the signature sounds and styles that define that city.
- “The Carpenter” – The Avett Brothers: Following up 2009’s “I and Love and You”, the brothers again recruit legendary producer Rick Rubin behind the boards to engineer the bands folky sound.
- “Observator” – The Raveonettes: Inspired by the people lead singer Sune Rose Wagner met during a three day drug and alcohol bender due to depression, the Raveonettes latest album contains some of the bands most focused songwriting in years.