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Otis Taylor: My World Is Gone

Talented Colorado bluesman once again overrates his voice and underrates his instrumental texturing. To say that the depth of lyrical commentary here centers on the treatment of Native Americans only extends to the cover photo would be wrong, but it's depressingly not far off.

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Raleigh Moncrief: Watered Lawn

Moncrief helped produce the Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca, but on his debut album he generally gives a less-melodic, more emotionally neutral take on Grizzly Bear. Cohesive it ain't, but some of the archness is transient enough to make for an engaging catch-yourself record. Good Halloween listen.

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Matthew Herbert: One Pig

The idiosyncratic Herbert completes his "One" trilogy with an album charting the life of a pig. Occasionally clinical but never gimmicky or exploitative, it's a thoughtful examination of our own consumption at a time when consumption has become something of a pivotal issue. Eccentrics rejoice!

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Neon Indian: Era Extraña

The Texan synth-popper follows his playful 2009 debut with an album that has little time for play...or for hooks, melody, or discernible emotion. Well-assembled, though. (Note: review does not contain the phrase 'chillwave.')

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