Published Dec 10, 2013We here at Exclaim! know the holiday season can be a drag, what with all the mall shopping, long lines at the post office and massive credit card debt. But instead of getting bogged down by the weight of this winter's consumerism, why not treat yourself by picking up a new record? To help you on your way, we've taken a look at a few of the albums hitting store shelves this week, but don't forget to visit our Recently Reviewed section to get the scoop on even more new releases.
First up on the chopping block is Wu-Tang name-generating rapper Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover), who recently put his Community days behind him (well, at least partially) in favour of his hip-hop career. His second studio album, Because the Internet, is an ambitious multimedia extravaganza, complete with a 72-page screenplay and accompanying visuals. But is this hybrid concept album too much for casual listeners? Read our review to find out.
Scandalous soul singer R. Kelly provides us with some "middle of the road 'urban' R&B" on his 12th studio album, the overtly raunchy Black Panties, while East Coast garage combo Dog Day deliver dystopic, guitar-driven rock on Fade Out.
Onetime heavy metal up-and-comers Evergreen Terrace's Dead Horses disappoints due to a lack of aggression and polish, and British psychedelic upstarts Toy display a surprising lack of ambition on their sophomore LP, Join the Dots.
Last but not least, minimalist R&B singer Jhené Aiko tides fans over until the release of her long-awaited full-length, Souled Out, with her major label debut EP, Sail Out. But is this micro offering more than just a bunch of hot air? Click through to see.
Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock