Published Sep 13, 2011As always, we have another slew of new album reviews for you to check out this week, so head over to our Recently Reviewed section, which has no shortage of newly published reading material. Here are just some of the highlights.
First up, Annie Clark's third album under the St. Vincent moniker Strange Mercy has wowed the Exclaim! staff, picking up a Mark of Excellence this week. Dubbed as a more mature-sounding record, Strange Mercy finds Clark's artistic growth being positively received, with our reviewer even going so far as to describe the record as bearing "the mark of musical genius."
The first, self-titled record by A Winged Victory for the Sullen also snagged an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week for their "sublime and astonishing" debut, as did Swedish electronic Roll the Dice for their latest In Dust.
Black metal veterans Wolves in the Throne Room have also returned with Celestial Lineage, an album that showcases the band's "collective desire to make pure art." For something on the softer side, Lou Canon shines on her debut self-titled LP, while Memoryhouse have released the re-recorded version of their debut EP The Years.
Next, we have reviews of Ladytron's new LP Gravity the Seducer, Mogwai's Earth Division, the Drums' Portamento, indie rock supergroup Wild Flag's self-titled debut and Gui Boratto's III.
Psych rockers Wooden Shjips put out a new record this week too, "breathing new life into a normally stale genre" with West. And finally, despite losing a bit of their debut charm, the latest album from Girls, Father, Son, holy Ghost, has been described as "an improvement in almost every way."
Read these reviews and more in our Recently Reviewed section this week at Exclaim.ca. And stay up to date on what's coming up with our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page.
Also, listen to our favourite tracks from some of these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic