Published Nov 05, 2013There are differing theories regarding why albums come out on Tuesdays; some say it's simply tradition, others say it's for maximum profitability. But regardless of the custom's origin, every Tuesday does indeed brings a new batch of releases, and we're there to sort the great from the so-so. Read our reviews of this week's albums in our New Release Roundup below, then head over to our Recently Reviewed section for more of the week's new album reviews.
Having celebrated his 41st birthday last month, iconic Detroit rapper Eminem drops the highly anticipated Marshall Mathers LP 2 this week. The original Marshall Mathers LP is a tough act to follow, so read on to see if an older, more mature Em is up to the task.
Australian dance-poppers Cut Copy have earned an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence for their acid-house-leaning fourth LP, Free Your Mind, while Toronto musician Kashka (a.k.a. Kat Burns) has dropped her solid, self-described "folkpoptronica" debut.
Prolific songwriter Howe Gelb's excellent new album, The Coincidentalist, features appearances from the likes of Bonnie "Prince" Billy, M. Ward and former Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. Meanwhile, Welsh indie-rockers Los Campesinos! return sounding smarter and stronger on fifth LP No Blues.
Finally, M.I.A. has released her long-awaited fourth studio album, Matangi, this week. M.I.A. brings together an eclectic mix of sound and lyrical content on the album, as she somehow seamlessly brings her politics to the dancefloor.
Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country
Dance & Electronic