Published Aug 21, 2012This week saw plenty of music fans eagerly wringing their hands in anticipation as long-awaited releases hit the street (and the web) today. Whether you've been looking forward to a new album, or are just aiming to switch things up with a new record, you can head to our Recently Reviewed section to see which of the week's new releases are worth checking out. Some of the highlights are below.
To start off, Brooklyn-based indie eccentrics Yeasayer come back strong with Fragrant World, following the success of their 2010 sophomore album Odd Blood. It finds the band building upon the electronic framework they established two years ago, and clocking in at 15 tracks, the release features plenty of danceable moments and a broad range of stylistic influences.
Meanwhile, the Jeff Tweedy-endorsed Bill Fay returns with a collection of deeply philosophical folk tunes on his latest studio album -- and first in 41 years -- the Exclaim!-approved Life Is People, while English soul revivalists the Heavy craft a series of convincing throwbacks on their latest record, The Glorious Dead.
In hip-hop reviews, JJ DOOM, the new team-up of MC DOOM and Jneiro Jarel, deliver their anticipated Keys to the Kuffs collaboration, and Toddla T's Watch Me Dance gets an electronic makeover from British producer Ross Orton and DJ Pipes.
And lastly, over-the-top rock outfit the Darkness reunite after a five-year split with the new album Hot Cakes in tow, and Mature Themes, the follow-up to Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's much-loved Before Today, hit streets after gaining plenty of buzz while streaming online.
To read full reviews of these new releases and more, check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section, and take a look at 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