Published Apr 09, 2013Another week, another list of new releases. We know it's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of new albums coming out, so we've made it easy for you by picking the most notable releases of the week and collecting them for you in one place. Below, find reviews of a handful of new releases. When you're done looking at these, don't forget to head over to our Recently Reviewed section for a full list of all our reviews.
It's been seven long years since Swedish duo the Knife released Silent Shout, but the brother-sister act have finally released their follow-up, Shaking the Habitual. Far from your average pop album, this time around, the Knife shakes out lengthy tracks that blend aggressive, uneasy listening with the experimental electro we have seen from them in the past.
James Blake's latest release, Overgrown, find him shifting further towards traditional songwriting. Blake doesn't limit himself to one genre, though; the album features tracks ranging from "slow-burning hip-hop" to "house rhythms" and "sensuous R&B."
This week the Postal Service reissued their 2003 full-length debut Give Up. But while the tracks "still pack the same stereo-panning punch as in 2003," whether a re-release was necessary is still up for debate. Meanwhile, Philly rocker Kurt Vile laid down 11 lengthy "laid-back rock rhythms" on his latest album Wakin On A Pretty Daze, creating something that we called "blissfully druggy."
L.A. hardcore band Terror have put out a record that is somehow both a solid win and disappointment with their latest, Live By The Code. Sticking extremely close to their previous album Keepers of the Faith, the boys have delivered "a Terror album. Nothing more and nothing less."
Last in this week's roundup is Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk's Land and Sea. Unlike the common theme of lost love that pops up on so many songs these days, Mann and company have released a truly positive and honest album, "a lovely collage of catchy pop with folk sensibilities."
Keep checking our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on more new releases as they come out, and don't forget to check the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for new release updates.
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