Get Reviews of Deerhunter, Savages, Jim Guthrie and More in This Week's New Release Roundup
Published May 07, 2013Tuesday is that special day each week when a pile of new LPs flood the shelves of your favourite local record stores. Below, check out our reviewers' recommendations for which new albums you should pick up on your way home from work, and which would simply get in the way of your daily commute. Then, head on over to our Recently Reviewed section for recommendations on all of this week's new albums.
First up is Monomania, the new studio album by avant-garde indie rockers Deerhunter, who received an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence for creating their rawest and most coherent album to date with '50s rock'n'roll harmonies, trashy glam rock, and "scrappy lo-fi" sounds.
UK post-punk outfit Savages have finally released their long-awaited debut, but how does Silence Yourself stack up against their punishing and infamous live shows? Click to find out.
Michael Feuerstack sheds his Snailhouse moniker to deliver his first solo album under his given name. The minimal and direct folk sounds of Tambourine Death Bed manage to hit listeners "square between the eyes without any overcomplicated arrangements clouding the powerful significance of his lyrics."
Next up is Canadian multi-instrumentalist Jim Guthrie, who returns this week with Takes Time, his first proper full-length in nearly ten years. But what's it like compared to 2003's Juno-nominated Now, More Than Ever? You'll have to click to read.
Full-time actress, part-time musician Zooey Deschanel joins forces with folk rocker M. Ward yet again to reunite She & Him for another set of mid-tempo pop songs. And while the album is candy-coated in "sunshine pop melodies and saccharine harmonies," Volume 3's sickly sweet production and formulaic approach is a little hard to digest.
Just over a year since the release of his debut mixtape, Chicago's Chance the Rapper returns to the spotlight with Acid Rap, a mind-bending concept mixtape that details a coming-of-age story set against a psychedelic drug odyssey. But with a plethora of guest spots beefing up the rap duties and production front, what's it like compared to his debut? Read on to find out.
Read full reviews of these new releases and others by checking out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section, and don't forget to stop by our New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates on more upcoming albums.
Hear some of our favourite tracks from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock