Published Nov 11, 2014Our weekly New Release Roundup features reviews of some of the top releases this week. Give it a read to catch up on what's new and notable, as well as a few things you might have missed as we separate the good from the bad, the on-repeat from the skippable. Then, be sure to check out our Recently Reviewed section for more reviews of the latest albums.
Modern rock icons Foo Fighters have returned with their most ambitious recording project to date. Sonic Highways features eight tracks recorded in eight different cities across the United States, each being described by frontman Dave Grohl as a locale that influenced them to "stretch out and explore new territory." The group worked with the likes of Bad Brains, Zac Brown and Gary Clark Jr., among others. Did the group's ambitious rock'n'roll vision push them to the peak of their powers? Read our review to find out.
On his sophomore major label effort, Mississippi spitter Big K.R.I.T. has delivered a "southern-style fairy-tale" to listeners on Cadillactica. Showcasing a noticeable artistic evolution and lyrical maturity, our reviewer notes that the colourful, creative new record "catapults K.R.I.T. into a new tier of artistic relevancy."
Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López have seemingly put aside their differences to form another new musical project in the wake of the Mars Volta and At The Drive-In. Teaming up with Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch, the trio's first self-titled record as Antemasque is "all frenetic energy and sinewy riffs." Read our review to find out how the fresh start went for the newly reunited bandmates.
Though it will be their final recording released in a traditional album format, Röyksopp are able to demonstrate the power of the full-length on their "undeniably new and fresh" The Inevitable End. Elsewhere, Jon Hopkins' Asleep Versions is much more than a re-release of existing tracks, with the man opting to rework and reimagine four tracks from 2013's acclaimed Immunity
Finally, post hardcore/art/prog-rockers ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead bring an "eclectic" and "distinguished" sound to their fourth studio release, IX.
Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:
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