Published Oct 25, 2011As always, it's new release Tuesday, so there are a lot of new records out there competing for your attention. So head over to our Recently Reviewed section to read full reviews of what's new this week, and check out the following highlights below.
First up is the adorable duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward with She & Him's latest offering A Very She & Him Christmas. It might not even be Halloween yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to enjoy the sweet sounds of She & Him covering the Christmas classics.
Picking up an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week is San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune for their new record 17th Street. Melding together elements of folk and metal, this album manages to deliver a truly unique sound in a way that works well. Also garnering a Mark of Excellence is Drunk Not Dead from the Brains. The psychobilly punks manage to write songs in three different languages, while pushing genre boundaries, resulting in an impressive effort.
Following Surfer Blood's debut album Astro Coast, the Tarot Classics EP shows off singer John Paul Pitt's increased vocal range, but retains the hooky pop songwriting that the Florida band are known for. Skinny Puppy are also back with hanDover, a record that delivers relevant themes and varied soundscapes from "ambient melodic gloom" to "dance-y techno beats" in what proves to be a triumphant return to the industrial music scene.
An for Spectrals, the project of Louis Jones, it's the songwriting that really stands out on the just-released Bad Penny.
For the full reviews of these albums, plus tons more, head on over to 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.
Also, check out tracks from some of these albums by visiting our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic