Published Sep 29, 2009Everything is looking all minty and fresh here at Exclaim!, which can mean only one thing: it's New Release Tuesday again. Pop by our Recently Reviewed section to see what's in store this week.
First up, UK synth-popper La Roux has dropped her North American self-titled debut, and, well, we're impressed. We're also fond of Raekwon's long-awaited Only Built for Cuban Linx II, which includes production from respected producers like J Dilla, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre and others.
On the topic of anticipated albums, Toronto rapper Drake has released his mixtape So Far Gone to sate fans until his debut full-length hits stores in early 2010, while minimal techno savant Bruno Pronsato has released his impressive full-length The Make Up the Break Up, the first since starting his own record label. Canadian pseudo-legend Corb Lund is also back with his new album Losin' Lately Gambler.
San Francisco-based garage poppers the Fresh & Onlys have released their second album Grey-Eyed Girls, which matches their technical ability with their knack for writing a quality fuzzed-out melody. And out this week is the tribute album Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy, a collection of cover songs played by Thom Yorke, Michael Stipe, Frank Black and many others.
To wrap things up, we have Arch Enemy, who have released the excellent Root of All Evil, a re-recording of some of the band's best tracks from their past, as well as Doomriders, who have also returned after almost five years with their bold new album Darkness Come Alive.