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Jukebox the Ghost: Safe Travels

The criminally underrated Philly-based piano-pop band returns for a third outing full of big-hearted anthems and a few sonic surprises.

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M. Ward: A Wasteland Companion

Three years since his last solo album, the prolific, melodic M. Ward goes out on his own again (with only some minor supporting appearances from Zooey Deschanel).

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Prinzhorn Dance School: Clay Class

Somber, minimalist punk rockers from Britain serve up a solid sophomore effort, full of ominous bass lines and oblique lyrics.

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Lana Del Rey: Born to Die

The Internet-famous chanteuse releases her highly-anticipated debut album. Does it live up to the hype?

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Billy Joel: Piano Man (The Legacy Edition)

Columbia reissues the album that launched Billy Joel's career into the stratosphere 38 years ago, along with an intimate live radio set that fills in some of the blanks.

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Cass McCombs: Humor Risk

On his second LP of 2011, McCombs adds to the year's growing list of great, unorthodox takes on the heartland rock formula.

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Yuck: Yuck (Deluxe Edition)

The shoegazing Brits re-release their excellent February debut album along with a bonus EP; a nice addition for fans, a must-have for the uninitiated.

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Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP

The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

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Catie Curtis: Stretch Limousine on Fire

Here's another genial, generic album of singer-songwriter stuff that wouldn't sound out of place on your local public radio station.

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Ben Lee: Deeper Into Dream

You could call the latest album from the former wunderkind a "concept album", but that's meeting it more than halfway.

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Apparat: The Devil's Walk

The German electronic musician and erstwhile member of Moderat returns with a warmer, softer edge than contemporaries like James Blake.

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Leon Russell: Live in Japan

In the wake of the biggest comeback of 2010, we get a previously-unreleased pair of concert recordings from Russell featuring rarities, covers, medleys, and lots of honking, howling energy.

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The Dirt Daubers: Wake Up, Sinners

The bluegrass outfit, led by Legendary Shack Shakers frontman (and Kentucky colonel) J.D. Wilkes, offers up an express train of an album.

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Edwin McCain: Mercy Bound

The journeyman rock balladeer, who scored big with "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask for More" in the late '90s, delivers his 10th album.

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Astrid Williamson: Pulse

The wispy-voiced Scottish singer-songwriter delivers her fifth solo album, an ambient slow burner with moments of brilliance.

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Beady Eye: iTunes Festival: London 2011 EP

An exhausted-sounding Liam Gallagher leads his bandmates through otherwise enjoyable live renditions of four songs from Different Gear, Still Speeding.

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Hercules and Love Affair: Blue Songs

What do you get when one of the most innovative dance producers working today tackles one of the most irritating music trends in the last 30 years?

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Tony Bennett: The Best of the Improv Recordings

On this collection of gems from his short-lived 1970s label, an aging Bennett sounds both reinvigorated and wistful.

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