Published Sep 27, 2011This week in our Recently Reviewed section, we have plenty of new albums for you to read about. From highly anticipated debuts to new efforts from seasoned pros, Exclaim.ca has got you covered for the first round of fall releases.
First up is lovable, bearded, acoustic-pop troubadour Dan Mangan, who has delivered his third LP, Oh Fortune. Ditching sing-alongs like 2009's "Robots" in favour of full-sounding orchestral arrangements, this album is definitely worth a listen, even if only to hear how his sound has changed.
Known for their progressive metal tendencies, Mastodon's new album The Hunter also marks a departure from their usual sound, which transforms in to "the guys letting their hair down and rocking hard." The change seems to have worked, as The Hunter has been awarded an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week. Another metal album picking up a Mark of Excellence is Brutal Truth's new one, End Time, for its "chaotic, unorthodox approach."
Twin Sister's "memorable" debut In Heaven has been released this week, making a favourable impression as the followup to acclaimed EPs Vampires With Dreaming Kids and Color Your Life. Then there's the new LP from Toronto indie popsters Ohbijou. Metal Meets wowed our reviewer with its "lush landscapes, layers of aural mystique and crushingly beautiful melodies," garnering an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.
Also picking up an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence are indie rock veterans Wilco for their new album The Whole Love, which has been described as a collection of "enigmatic songs." Check out the full review for an interview with frontman Jeff Tweedy.
As for electronic music, Exclaim! has rreviewed Plaid's Scintilli, dubbed their "most confident-sounding album to date." There's also Walls' new record Coracle, which despite lacking some of the emotion of their debut, manages to satisfy listeners from beginning to end.
For reviews of these new releases, plus tons more, head over to our Recently Reviewed section and visit the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page to see what's coming up in the near future.
Also, listen to our favourite tracks from some of these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Folk & Country