Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and White Lung Lead Our New Release Roundup

Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and White Lung Lead Our New Release Roundup
Are you looking for some new listening material? Of course you are. Not sure where to start? We can help — every week, we offer up a handful of new album reviews for your reading pleasure in our New Release Roundup. So read on, and let us help you decide what albums will be scoring a spot in your music library.

Start off with our review of Ultraviolence, the highly anticipated sophomore release from controversial pop star and queen of sad girls everywhere, Lana Del Rey. Whether you find her retro aesthetic to be absolutely dreamy, or you think she's shallow as a puddle, Lana del Rey is impossible to ignore. Read our review to find out if fans will be singing her praises or shaking their heads.

Next, see what our reviewer had to say about the soulfully sweet vocals of Sam Smith on his new album, In the Lonely Hour. If Smith's crooning has you all heartbroken, you can get a boost of energy from White Lung's Deep Fantasy. Our reviewer labelled it White Lung's "boldest and most accessible album to date" — follow the link to see even more high praise for Deep Fantasy.

Electronic fans can get their fix with Martyn's The Air Between Words, or venture into uncharted territory with Why Do the Heathen Rage? by punk-techno-metal genre-jumper the Soft Pink Truth. Mixing shades of black metal and dance, with a dash of 8-bit here and a pinch of politically charged lyrics there, this record is a melting pot. Read our review to see if it cooks.

Wrapping things up is Austra's Habitat. See what our reviewer had to say about the creative immediacy of Austra's new EP, born from the titular B-side.

Find some tracks of the albums reviewed above and lots more on our Rdio Genre Playlists:

Pop & Rock
Soul, Funk & World
Dance & Electronic