Published Mar 02, 2010The tsunami warning may have been lifted but here comes a tidal wave of new albums. Check them out and more in Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed music section.
The ever twisting sound of Rogue Wave hits with some solid, catchy radio-ready tracks in their fourth release, Permalight, while Vancouver's Loscil serves up his classic style, packing Endless Fall full of slow-moving ambiance.
This week, the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence goes to masters of cross-genre fusion. Third time's the charm for New Zealanders Ruby Suns as Fight Softly meticulously transcends the struggle of melding synthed-up new age pop style with Caribbean rhythms, African beats and soulful crooning. For their sophomore effort, These New Puritans also surprisingly mash up styles with Hidden, combining bouncing dancehall beats with classical references, minimalist jazz and kids choir on backup.
As a debut, Visions of Death is guaranteed to throw Disfigured Dead onto the radar of any death metal aficionado with their raging guitars and use of slasher flicks for inspiration. On The Open Road, roots-rock legend John Hiatt delivers as expected: bluesy soulful ballads sung in his charmingly emotive voice. But for another travel-titled record, Josiah Wolf's Jet Lag raises standards. It may be a post-divorce production, but it's deserving of our Mark of Excellence.
Keep up with what's coming next with our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page, and click over to the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section to know which ones you've got to pick up, and which to avoid.