Published Jul 24, 2012Another week has passed, which means that once again, our Recently Reviewed section is full of new album reviews for you to read up on. If you're curious about your favourite artist's newest release, or looking for some more tunes to fuel your summer, there's plenty to choose from.
To start, rising Canadian indie stars Purity Ring unveil their debut full-length, Shrines, delivering on the promise of a handful of singles that surfaced over the past year. Their 11-track collection of electro-pop is sure to provide plenty of fodder for the arguments of fans and critics alike.
Next, the Gaslight Anthem's latest LP, Handwritten, follows up the catchy rock tunes of the band's previous releases, this time with the backing of a major label. And Talent, the first album from Beach Fossils bassist John Pena's Heavenly Beat project, also dropped today, offering a host of dreamy pop numbers, which earned the Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.
Former Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier builds on her 2010 solo debut with Silencio, a series of tracks featuring her ever-ethereal voice and politically charged lyrics, while Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff release the instrumental album Occupied With the Unspoken, their sophomore record as Golden Retriever.
And lastly, Shawn Lee's Synthesizers in Space offers up a mix of sounds, genres and concepts that lives up to the album's name.
To read full reviews of these new releases and more, check out Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section, and take a look at the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page for updates.
You can also listen to some of our favourite tracks from these albums in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Pop & Rock
Jazz, Improv & Avant-Garde
Soul, Funk & World