Published Jan 22, 2013It is a big week for new releases! We picked some highlights for you below, but to be sure you find all our recommendations on the latest albums, check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section.
First off, we have FIDLAR's self-titled album. The California punk brats, who spend an inordinate amount of time smoking pot and getting "pissed at 5am," earned the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence this week for their energetic album that demonstrates there might be more to the band than just getting wasted with friends. Voivod's Target Earth also grabbed a Mark of Excellence this week. The Quebec metal troupe hearken back to their classics while continuing to move forward with a shuffled lineup that welcomes Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault back into the fold.
Experimentalists Mountains have a stunning new record in Centralia, which balances organic and synthetic instrumentation with captivating results. Toro y Moi's Anything in Return showcases the growing talent of Chaz Bundick as he moves ever closer to the dancefloor. Ra Ra Riot also aim for the dance-floor, but their new album, Beta Love, seriously misses the target.
Edmonton's Renny Wilson brings the disco flavour on his excellent new LP Sugarglider, and he deftly weaves a number of other genres throughout to earn a Mark of Excellence. Finally, punk veterans Bad Religion stayed true to form with the satisfying True North, on which guitarist Brett Gurewitz hands in his first lead vocal performance in "Dharma and the Bomb."
To read full reviews of these new releases and more, check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section and keep an eye on the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates.
You can also listen to some of our favourite tracks from these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Folk & Country