Reviews of Kanye West, Austra and J. Cole Lead This Week's New Release Roundup

Reviews of Kanye West, Austra and J. Cole Lead This Week's New Release Roundup
We here at Exclaim! know it can be hard to find the perfect album. So before your next visit to the local record store, separate the good from the bad by checking out our reviewers' recommendations on some of this week's new LPs. Then, head on over to our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews on all of this week's newest releases.

First up is Yeezus, the new studio album from egotistical hip-hop mastermind Kanye West. With the recent birth of his daughter and a future bride-to-be, Yeezy brings listeners along for the decadent bachelor party of his dreams, slinging rhymes over minimalist club crushers every step of the way. But how does the new LP stack up next to his previous masterpieces? You'll have to read on to find out.

Canadian synth-pop connoisseurs Austra received an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence for Olympia's haunting harmonies and house-influenced beats, as did J. Cole's sophomore LP Born Sinner, which scored a nine for its underdog imagery and classic hip-hop samples.

Next, social media provocateur Zomby justifies the hype on With Love, while avant-garde grindcore warriors Fuck the Facts explore the dark side of adoration on their new EP, Amer.

Finally, Icelandic post-rock ambassadors Sigur Rós get industrial on their new LP, Kveikur. But how will longtime fans of the group feel about the band's new direction? Click through to know.

Read full reviews of these new releases and many more by checking out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section. Then, don't forget to stop by our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates on even more upcoming albums.

Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many others in our Rdio Genre Playlists:

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