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Vetiver: Complete Strangers

A lack of substance, coupled with an occasionally overwhelming “lite-ness” that veers dangerously close to easy-listening, makes Complete Strangers a less-than-solid effort.

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Benjamin Clementine: At Least for Now

Benjamin Clementine's emotional cup runneth over... again and again.

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Tom Brosseau: Perfect Abandon

Perfect Abandon seems to try and fit as many people into a tiny corner as possible. It's a straight-ahead folk record, but it walks that straight road with a crooked walk.

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Art Pepper: Neon Art Volume One

Art Pepper reignites his stake on the jazz industry in this modernized re-issuing of the first in his Neon Art series, originally pressed onto vinyl in 2012.

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Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

Nearly five years after his last studio effort, Sufjan Stevens brings us a quiet meditation on grief.

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The Sonics: This Is the Sonics

The first new studio album since 1967 from these garage rock legends has its faults, but it's an overall solid addition to their already classic discography.

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30 Mar 2015 // 1:04 AM

Eternal Death: Eternal Death

This is pop music that's also anti-pop music. It's consistently accessible and intentionally confusing.

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These Tall Trees: And All Things In-Between

These Tall Trees veers towards a psych-lite sound, mostly upbeat and effervescent.

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30 Mar 2015 // 1:02 AM

The Mavericks: Mono

Recording in mono might seem like a back-to-basics move but the Mavericks never forgot what they were about anyway.

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27 Mar 2015 // 1:06 AM

Liturgy: The Ark Work

Religious music, black metal, electronic, and 8-bit all come together in this bizarre yet ultimately captivating philosophical tome from Liturgy.

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27 Mar 2015 // 1:05 AM

Zu: Cortar Todo

It roars, dilutes, squeals, shrieks, pulsates and squawks. Welcome to the world of Zu.

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Chastity Belt: Time to Go Home

Chastity Belt brings the '90s nostalgia, but forgets to bring the variety along with it.

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27 Mar 2015 // 1:03 AM

Joe Pug: Windfall

Pug fought through some tough times to produce this optimistic, rewarding record.

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Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night

The candor of Bingham on Bingham reveals an intimate portrait of love and hope on Fear and Saturday Night.

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27 Mar 2015 // 1:01 AM

Theophilus London: Vibes

True to its name, Vibes comes chock-full of different vibes for different situations.

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26 Mar 2015 // 1:06 AM

Laura Marling: Short Movie

The eclectic guitar becomes a tool that complements Laura Marling's lyrics on this pivotal album, at times articulating visceral anger and, at others, obliterating psychic barriers and clearing space for something new.

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The Go! Team: The Scene Between

With heavier rock influence and toned-down electronic methodology, The Scene Between represents the Go! Team's greatest deviation from their original template yet.

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26 Mar 2015 // 1:04 AM

Tobias Jesso Jr: Goon

Goon isn’t great, but it is a fine example of what might evolve from pure pop purpose.

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Andrew Combs: All These Dreams

Andrew Combs is either ignorant of or recording in deference to the past by rekindling the gilded countrypolitan spirit on his sophomore release, All These Dreams.

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Tangerine Dream: Booster VII

The Booster series wraps up as the world bids farewell to Edgar Froese.

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