Reviews of Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian, Juicy J and More Lead This Week's New Release Roundup

Reviews of Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian, Juicy J and More Lead This Week's New Release Roundup
It's time for another edition of Exclaim!'s weekly New Release Roundup. We've taken a listen to some of this week's LP releases and suggested which albums deserve a spot in your musical household and which are better off left by the curb. When you're done with our picks below, don't forget to visit our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews on even more new releases.

First up, acclaimed Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand return with their fourth studio album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. But does their back-to-basics approach pay off for longtime fans of the group? You'll have to read on to find out.

Belle and Sebastian's second B-sides and rarities compilation, The Third Eye Centre, should have been "left on the cutting room floor," according to our reviewer, while Juicy J's Stay Trippy should cater to the tastes of high school students and strip club practitioners alike.

Vista Chino (formerly known as Kyuss Lives!) deliver sonic complexity in their mammoth stoner rock debut, Peace, and Austin, TX's Black Joe Lewis scores an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence for the punked-up R&B of his fourth LP, Electric Slave.

Finally, UK beatmaker Forest Swords (a.k.a. Matthew Barnes) channels the cloud rap of Clams Casino with the darkness of Kanye West protégé Evian Christ for his experimental and organic full-length debut, Engravings. But is the pastoral producer ready to step away from the English countryside and into IDM's big leagues? Click through to know.

Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:

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