Published Oct 18, 2011This week in our Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca, you can read about a slew of new albums. There's plenty of great new music from Canada and abroad, as well as some fascinating interviews with artists like Sandro Perri and Sunparlour Players.
First off, the much-anticipated Smashing Pumpkins-inspired double album from M83 has finally arrived -- and the wait was worth it. Hurry Up, We're Dreaming has been awarded an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week for stringing together 22 songs "with two distinct sides and zero filler."
Then there's Sandro Perri's new record, Impossible Spaces, which also picked up an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence. Blending electronica, jazz, folk and blues, Perri "finds a majestic meeting place for disparate sounds," on one of the Toronto artist's best releases yet. Meanwhile, New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate wrestle with the "jam band" label on their new release Days, but manage to (for the most part) stick to under-four-minute pop songs, resulting in an LP that "never fails to be sweet on the ear."
Having made a name for themselves with their Canadiana-heavy first two albums, Sunparlour Players return with a more eclectic offering in the form of Us Little Devils. Read an interview with the group and find out how their sound has evolved by checking out the full review.
Jane's Addiction also return with a new album this week, but fans, be warned: The Great Escape Artist probably won't live up to the expectations that have been building for some time now.
Finally, Rob Crow has released a staggering 21 albums in the last 18 years, both on his own and as part of numerous side-projects, but He Thinks He's People is his first solo offering since 2007. It marks a return to fine form, packed with upbeat, poppy material that stands as some of Crow's "best work." You can also check out an interview with Crow.
Check out reviews of these albums and many more, plus interviews, over in our Recently Reviewed section this week, and visit the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page to see what's coming up in the near future.
You can also listen to some choice tracks from these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic