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Maxïmo Park: The National Health

The National Health is the sound of a band finding themselves again, finding themselves stronger and sweeter than ever, finding that, despite the dour hints around the edges, they’re still here for the pop songs -- and they are gorgeous.

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Joey Ramone: Ya Know

Is it up to Ramones-levels? No, not really, but then again, what is? It's a damn decent pop collection, and I'm sure that Joey would have taken that as high praise.

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Hunx: Hairdresser Blues

Discarding with the backing vocals of his previous release, Hairdresser Blues assumes that Bogart’s voice and lyrics can do the heavy lifting. And, frankly, they’re just not quite up to the task.

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You Won't: Skeptic Goodbye

You Won't's debut offers the vertigo of watching a band choose their next move. The band could fade away in a heartbeat, or they could take their raw potential and shape it into critical and commercial triumph.

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