Published Apr 23, 2013There are a ton of new releases hitting shelves this week — some good and some not so good. To help you sift through the winners and losers, we created a short list of albums that have probably been on your mind. As always, after you're done here, head over to our Recently Reviewed section for a full listing of new release reviews.
First off, French pop-rockers Phoenix return today with their fifth and much-anticipated album, Bankrupt! Structurally the record is reminiscent of 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, but sonically it goes in another direction with a number of cultural sound palettes, including some Asian inspiration. The album starts at a dizzying pace, but is it one the boys can keep up with?
Young Galaxy also released their latest effort, Ultramarine, today. Following 2011's Shapeshifting, the trio chose to stick with Swedish producer Dan Lissvik and have turned out another icy, electric disc. While there may not be a whole lot in terms of catchy choruses on this album, the production makes up for it providing dark and cinematic tracks.
You've probably been feeling a little skeptical about Snoop Dogg's rebirth as Snoop Lion with his debut Reincarnated, and now that the album has been released, you may not be feeling any better about it. The album offers a "mishmash of reggae cuts," according to our reviewer, and though Snoop called on Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus and Drake for album guest spots, "Snoop does best when he steers far clear of his weak attempts at Jamaican patois."
After scrapping the first attempt at a sophomore album, Montreal natives No Joy have finally returned with Wait to Pleasure. Earning themselves Exclaim!'s Mark of Excellence, No Joy rely less on rock structures this time around and opt for creative leaps that make Wait to Pleasure a definite improvement.
Throughout the past year, DjRum has let loose a number of consistently successful releases, and his latest project Seven Lies is no different, with the artist creating "electronic music, but not as we know it."
To read more on these and other new releases, head over to our Recently Reviewed section, and don't forget to check out our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for new release updates.
You can listen to tracks from these albums on our Rdioplaylists:
Pop & Rock
Soul, Funk & World
Dance & Electronic