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múm: Early Birds

While we might never again hear múm create the music that they did on their debut, thankfully Early Birds has produced some more material from that time.

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Belle and Sebastian: Late Night Tales Volume 2

There are situations when this is the perfect album to play, but it is limited in its scope.

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Late Night Tales

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Black Dice: Mr. Impossible

Black Dice’s newest album sees them treading the line between noise and pop without conclusively choosing either.

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Disappears: Pre Language

Pre Language is frustrating not because it’s bad, but because it could be so much better.

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The Asteroids Galaxy Tour: Out of Frequency

The follow-up to their debut has the Asteroids Galaxy Tour creating one of the most stylistically impressive albums of the year; unfortunately, in terms of pure musical output, it falls short.

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BMG Rights

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Band of Skulls: Sweet Sour

There are audiences that will enjoy Sweet Sour as a simple hard rock album, but most will find it lacking in creativity and hooks.

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The Moth & the Mirror: Honestly, This World

The Moth & the Mirror have proven themselves with Honestly, This World, an ambitious album that manages to hit true many more times than it misses.

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Electric Blues

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Ani DiFranco: Which Side Are You On?

At this point in her career, audiences will know what they think of Ani DiFranco. Which Side Are You On? is unlikely to change this sentiment.

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The Dear Hunter: The Color Spectrum: The Complete Collection

The Color Spectrum runs the music spectrum gamut from hardcore rock to post-rock and everything in between. It’s a true tour de force -- and one of the best albums of 2011.

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Jónsi: We Bought a Zoo (Soundtrack)

Jónsi has lovingly crafted a fantastic soundtrack, but it is the lack of brilliant new compositions that prevents the We Bought a Zoo soundtrack from being a fantastic album.

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Olive Grove

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Tegan and Sara: Get Along

Get Along adequately fills the empty niche of a live acoustic in the twins’ growing discography, but it’s not special.

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The Rifles: Freedom Run

Despite a lack of variety, the Rifles’ third album offers enough sugary-sweet and catchy guitar-pop to satisfy any such craving.

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Disco Inferno: The Five EPs

The Five EPs should be a mandatory record for any collection as an example of experimentation done right.

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Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell: Ghosts Outside

Ghosts Outside is a worthwhile addition to Mason’s small discography. This is a record that, despite its flaws, occupies an interesting niche and a fascinating approach to a remix.

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Korallreven: A Dream Within a Dream

Part post-rock, part dance, and part everything in between, A Dream Within a Dream is a slice of music that’s appropriate for any occasion -- from a night at home to a night in the club. More importantly, it is a sublime amalgamation of modern pop music, its sounds and technologies.

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