Prince, the Rural Alberta Advantage and Electric Youth Lead This Week's New Release Roundup

Prince, the Rural Alberta Advantage and Electric Youth Lead This Week's New Release Roundup
We're back this week with a boatload of new reviews in our New Release Roundup to give you some ideas to refresh your listening lineup. Give it a read below; if you can't find the album to satisfy your ears, be sure to check our Recently Reviewed section for even more.

Prince's new studio record Art Official Age is another feather in the man's cap since his "return to commercial relevancy" in 2004. But does this record provide clarity after some difficult, challenging releases this past decade? Take a look at our review to find out and listen to both Art Official Age and sister album Plectrumelectrum for yourself here.

Indie folk trio the Rural Alberta Advantage have two critically acclaimed records in their catalogue, leaving their devoted fan base wondering what else they could possibly bring to the table. Their latest, Mended With Gold, finds the band delivering a collection of tracks that our reviewer calls "satisfyingly anthemic...wrapped around a highly emotional core that is distinctively — and eternally — theirs."

The latest record from Lucinda Williams taps into the same kind of emotional realm. Over the course of 20 songs and clocking in at 102 minutes in length, Down Where Spirit Meets the Bone is described as a record that feels like "a long-haul truck drive of hurt" at points, filled with songs of suffering and injustice that Williams does best.

Once the frontman for the now defunct Girls, Christopher Owens' solo material has never quite seen the same success when compared to that of his former outfit. The man's A New Testament is a record full of "catchy little ditties," but did teaming up with his old Girls bandmates make a difference this time around? Read our review to find out.

Finally, Toronto duo Bronwyn Griffin and Austin Garrick create an "otherworldly and intuitive vibe of an actual dream" with their latest release as Electric Youth. Innerworld's fresh and urgent delivery serves as an exercise in "earnest, pure expression," and will have listeners feeling young.

Find some tracks from the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:

Pop & Rock
Folk & Country