Published Mar 01, 2011Like the old saying goes, "make new friends but cherish old ones." This week's new music releases have introduced us to some new artists, as well as brought us back to some of our old favourites. To see what's in store, head over to the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section and peep some highlights below.
Much-loved Canuck folk rock outfit the Rural Alberta Advantage are back with their sophomore effort, Departing. Rising to the standard they set with their debut, Hometowns, the band's sophomore effort has made us ask, "In a year where the Arcade Fire Grammy win has created a whirlwind of confusion, why not start stumping for something rooted even deeper in our home ground?" Then there is Beady Eye, or Oasis sans Noel Gallagher, who have released their debut, Different Gear, Still Speeding. The record remains true to their Britpop ideals, while still paying homage to both the Stones and the Beatles.
Next, Swedish pop beauty Lykke Li talked to Exclaim! about her sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, and how L.A. revitalized her will to live and her ability to change. Check out the interview and review of the record. Speaking of the City of Angels, L.A. duo Rainbow Arabia make their debut with Boys and Diamonds.
Former Afghan Wigs frontman Greg Dulli has seen no rest since the band's breakup over a decade ago. He has collaborated with Mark Lanegan (as the Gutter Twins), put out a solo album, and now he's released his fifth LP as Twilight Singers. Dynamite Steps contains a combination of heartfelt melodies and theatrics, in true Dilli style.
Also we have reviews of the latest releases from Two Koreas, Krautrock pioneers Faust and NYHC originators, Agnostic Front, who have returned with a fresh approach to accompany their 10th studio effort, My Life, My Way.
Check out these reviews and more at the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section, and visit the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page to see what's on the horizon.