It's our favourite day of the week once again! New Release Tuesday is upon us, and here at Exclaim!, we have a crop of new reviews to help hook you up with the right albums. Keep tabs on our Recently Reviewed section for more new reviews every day, and read some of the highlights for this week below.
First, we've got Do Not Engage, the new album from the Pack A.D. This album marks the Vancouver garage-rock duo's first record on Nettwerk Records and finds the band tweaking their classic, fuzz-drenched sound for a slightly more distorted but overall, more accessible tone. To find out whether this change works out in the Pack A.D.'s favour, you'll have to check out the full review.
Next, Los Angeles girl group Dum Dum Girls get in touch with their dark side on Too True, the band's third studio album. This tone could have made for a downer of an album, but according to our reviewer, "these ten tracks aren't overly depressing, since the punchy drum machine rhythms are infectious and the dazzling pop melodies are the catchiest in Dum Dum Girls' repertoire."
Brooklyn indie rock trio Hospitality's album Trouble sees the group shying away from their upbeat roots and exploring a darker, more isolated sound. In contrast, Nashville singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell's new album No Way There From Here is a peppy affair, propelled by Cantrell's warm, bright voice.
Also, leftfield electronic producer Actress is back with his Ghettoville, a dark and tripped-out sequel to his 2008 effort Hazyville.
Finally, we have an album of odds 'n' sods from New Jersey rock outfit the Gaslight Anthem, simply titled The B-Sides. The collection of cuts spans their career thus far, and features acoustic tracks, some covers, and a live track, but is this a set fit only for die-hard Gaslight fans, or is it worth picking up for the casual listener? Click the link to see.
Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Folk & Country