Reviews of U2, the Juan MacLean and Tweedy Lead Our New Release Roundup

Reviews of U2, the Juan MacLean and Tweedy Lead Our New Release Roundup
If your listening lineup is in need of a desperate refresh, take a look over today's New Release Roundup. The roundup is filled with reviews of the week's brand new records to help you stay on top of what's worth a round in your headphones this week. Give it a read, then check out our Recently Reviewed section for even more reviews if you don't find what you're looking for here.

Users of Apple's iTunes were caught by surprise last week when a new U2 album popped up in their music libraries without warning. Tied in with the company's new iPhone launch, Songs of Innocence was given to users entirely free of charge as a "gift." But is the latest effort from the Dublin rockers a gift that keeps on giving, or the aural equivalent of a stocking full of coal? Read our review to find out.

Returning with their first full-length album in five years, Nancy Whang and John MacLean have teamed up once again as the Juan MacLean for In a Dream. Combining MacLean's post-punk hardcore and disco roots with Whang's dance-punk, indie background, our reviewer says it has "the feel of a timeless dance record." Read our review for more.

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy initially conceived Sukierae as a project on which he would play every instrument. Then, he found he preferred the compositions when accompanied by his teenage son Spencer's work on drums, turning the recording process into the family affair Tweedy. Meanwhile, Spencer Burton's third solo album Don't Let the World See Your Love finds the former Attack in Black member pen a record full of what our reviewer calls "intimate songs of love and hurt."

Prolific Canadian songwriter Spencer Krug has returned under his Moonface moniker with the City Wrecker EP. A collection of minimalist piano compositions recorded while living in Finland, his voice and lyrics remain as "poetic and eccentric" as ever, according our review.

Finally, Toronto pop singer Lowell's full-length debut, We Loved Her Dearly, shows the artist refining her knack for songwriting with incredibly memorable melodies, preparing her for more greatness in the future.

Take a listen to some of the tracks from the albums reviewed above and many more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:

Pop & Rock
Dance & Electronic
Folk & Country