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The Sea and Cake: Car Alarm

The Sea and Cake's eighth full-length is full of the group's characteristic juxtaposition of subtle, organic beauty against precise rhythmic and technical work.

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Apollo Sunshine: Shall Noise Upon

Shall Noise Upon is more of the same from Apollo Sunshine, which in their case means boundless innovation and unmatched creativity.

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Eric Hutchinson: Sounds Like This

Smart arrangements and Hutchinson's bold charm combine to make Sounds Like This the summer's most guilt-free guilty pleasure.

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Blind Melon: For My Friends

For those who had sadly but successfully resigned themselves to a future without Blind Melon, For My Friends is a godsend.

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The Apples in stereo: Electronic Projects for Musicians

It's clear the Elephant 6's founding ideals are as influential and enduring as ever.

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Golden Shoulders: Friendship Is Deep

The time spent listening for the fleeting moments of greatness on this disc might better be spent returning to Golden Shoulders' earlier Let My Burden Be.

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Tiny Vipers: Hands Across the Void

Jesy Fortino is a unique voice worth listening for, creating unique music worth struggling through in order to find its beauty.

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Pseudosix: Pseudosix

Any fan of folk, alt-country, jazz, or indie should be listening to the aching, delicate, and enchanting sounds of Pseudosix.

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Earlimart: Mentor Tormentor

This is a lovely and cohesive disc which, through carefully constructed phrases full of direction and intent, proves the duo of Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murphy to be one of indie's most underrated acts.

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Eisley: Combinations

On their second LP, Eisley bring us more songs touched by luminous, engrossing melodies coupled with rich lyrical images.

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The Section Quartet: Fuzzbox

The central problem with this album is that the group never fully masters the rock or classical sound, and instead remains stuck in the middle without the best of either world.

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Handsome Furs: Plague Park

Spin it on your stereo late one night in a dark, empty room, and you may find that its pervasive despondence will mingle with your disappointment, your exhaustion, your heartbreak, and somehow make you feel just a little bit better.

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Tegan and Sara: The Con

This album is very, very good. To be more precise, it is one of the best albums so far of 2007 and one of the best recent pop releases.

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Jean Luc Ponty: The Acatama Experience

It is uplifting to hear modern jazz that is at once both easily accessible and startling creative.

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Cary Brothers: Who You Are

It is not the best music I've ever heard in my life, nor is it life-changing. But it succeeds in that it serves as a perfect complement to everyday actions, to our words and emotions, and to our life.

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No More Kings: No More Kings

This is the sort of music that MTV thrives upon: music driven by pop culture, and full of style rather than substance.

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Blackfield: Blackfield II

Blackfield's melodies are gorgeous and enchanting as Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen collaborate once more to carefully manipulate time and space to their advantage.

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Kaiser Chiefs: Yours Truly, Angry Mob

Unfortunately, the Kaiser Chiefs' second LP is summed up most concisely by one of its own tracks: "Everything Is Average Nowadays". Indeed it is, including the world of mainstream British rock.

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Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death

It is pop, it is rock, it is modern, it is primitive, it is familiar, it is fresh, and all of these things at once!

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Norah Jones: Not Too Late

Not Too Late is a lovely set of songs, both bittersweet and powerful, that reassures us that pop music can be beautiful and genuine.

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The Whigs: Give Em All a Big Fat Lip

A rerelease on a major label will hopefully gain the The Whigs more exposure in an increasingly competitive world, exposure they rightfully deserve.

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The Paybacks: Love, Not Reason

It is somewhat refreshing to stumble across an album that is packed with straightforward, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll.

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Simon Dawes: Carnivore

Carnivore proves to be an album of true versatility and unforgettable depth -- one of the best so far this year.

Elizabeth Newton
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Math and Physics Club: Math and Physics Club

For those searching for an album of genuine notions and enchanting melodies, this one just might be the perfect fit.

Elizabeth Newton
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