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  • "Speak Now"

    "Speak Now" | SONG REVIEW

    Taylor repurposes the "she wears short skirts" melody from "You Belong With Me" in order to bust up a wedding, Graduate-style. But freeing the man of her dreams from bad-marriage hell is almost an afterthought on "Speak...

    October 27, 2010 5:07 PM ET
  • Olympia

    Olympia | ALBUM REVIEW

    At 65, former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry is still the smoothest art-rocker ever. Here he reconvenes the original Roxy (minus drummer Paul Thompson) for their first recording together since Brian Eno departed in 1973, along with...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • 4 Stars

    4 Stars | ALBUM REVIEW

    The optimistically titled fourth disc from these Midwestern garage revivalists is not unlike the racket bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler kick up alongside Jack White and Brendan Benson in the Raconteurs. But whereas White relives...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Cardiology

    Cardiology | ALBUM REVIEW

    Now entering their 30s, the members of the poppiest of pop-punk bands are trading black eyeliner and pointy bangs for stubble and shades. Their fifth disc is rife with signs of rock ambition — acoustic songcraft, sweeping...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • The Fool

    The Fool | ALBUM REVIEW

    These L.A. guitar hypnotists tap into a tradition of desert-rock mysticism as old as the Doors. But they're introspective, female art rockers, not peyote-pumped shaman dudes. Gingerly funked-up bass lines and treble-trance guitars recall the xx and...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Wasted in Jackson

    Wasted in Jackson | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the fiery title track to her debut, 22-year-old Lauren Pritchard forsakes a drab life in her Tennessee hometown. It's a perfect calling card for a restless striver who performed in Spring Awakening before landing in London...

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • I Am the West

    I Am the West | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ice Cube was once gangsta rap's great chronicler of everyday brutality. Twenty years and a hugely successful family-comedy movie career later, he's content to spend his self-released ninth disc brandishing his OG rep ("Google me, bitch!") and...

    October 18, 2010 5:15 PM ET
  • Belle and Sebastian Write About Love

    Belle and Sebastian Write About Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    Belle and Sebastian made their fragile bones whispering indie-pop songs about bicurious bookworms with huge cardigan collections. Lately, the Scottish septet have pursued more universal pleasures. "Make me dance," frontman Stuart Murdoch entreats over a soul groove...

    October 18, 2010 5:10 PM ET
  • "Only Girl (In the World)"

    "Only Girl (In the World)" | SONG REVIEW

    "Love me like I'm a hot guy," begins Rihanna. Sadly, the rest of the lyrics are less gender-bendingly strange, and the trance beat won't keep you in the club unless someone else is paying for the drinks.

    September 30, 2010 12:45 PM ET
  • The Place We Ran From

    The Place We Ran From | ALBUM REVIEW

    Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody calls this collaborative side project, which includes R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, a "twisted love letter to the States" — a very Bono-ish phrase, especially coming from an Irishman given to sweeping visions. But Lightbody...

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Marnie Stern

    Marnie Stern | ALBUM REVIEW

    With her bright watercolor cover art and song titles like "Female Guitar Players Are the New Black" and "Her Confidence," indie-rock guitar virtuoso Marnie Stern is pretty upfront about making her own rules. Rather than deploy her...

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Imperfect Harmonies

    Imperfect Harmonies | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Here's my song for the free/No, it's not about praise and publicity," Serj Tankian sings. He ain't kidding: Serj Tankian is beholden to no master beyond his own outsize ambitions. The System of a Down frontman's second...

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Lonely Avenue

    Lonely Avenue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bob Dylan wrote most of Desire with a playwright, but collaborations between musicians and literary figures are usually pretty painful. This one isn't without promise: Nick Hornby's novel High Fidelity is a music-geek classic, and Ben Folds...

    September 27, 2010 7:10 PM ET
  • Everything in Between

    Everything in Between | ALBUM REVIEW

    Imagine if Sonic Youth's noisy classic "Teen Age Riot" had been written by actual teenagers — high on hormones, petulant, giddy. That's what you get from this L.A. art-punk duo, whose 2008 breakthrough, Nouns, turned SY's oceanic...

    September 27, 2010 7:04 PM ET
  • Majesty Shredding

    Majesty Shredding | ALBUM REVIEW

    On their first disc in nine years, these indie-rock greats mix the anthemic tumult of their punky early Nineties with the realism and songcraft of their mature late Nineties to come up with a Blood on the...

    September 27, 2010 7:00 PM ET
  • Wilderness Heart

    Wilderness Heart | ALBUM REVIEW

    Black Mountain are a little bit Hobbit and a little bit Orc. The Vancouver quintet play flower-brained folk and Satan-friendly hard rock to evoke that moment when the hippie dream got creepy. Their third disc is their...

    September 27, 2010 6:57 PM ET
  • Sit Down, Man

    Sit Down, Man | ALBUM REVIEW

    If all you knew of Himanshu Suri and Victor Vazquez was their stoned spoof "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," you might dismiss the rap surrealists as an amusing waste of a liberal-arts degree. In fact, their...

    September 27, 2010 6:45 PM ET
  • False Priest

    False Priest | ALBUM REVIEW

    Over 10 records, Of Montreal have gone from twerpy indie pop to twee-R&B kink machine. This time, frontman Kevin Barnes is putting more flesh on his fantasies, camping up a Prince falsetto over psychedelic soul and New...

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Hurley

    Hurley | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rivers Cuomo has done battle with his fans, his record label, success itself. But the title of Weezer's eighth album is an olive branch to the ride-or-die nerd side of his audience: A Weezer record named after...

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM ET
  • Lisbon

    Lisbon | ALBUM REVIEW

    Despite their roots on the scrappy New York post-punk-revival scene of the early 2000s, the Walkmen's sweeping visions often imply wide-open spaces, or at least the skyscraper diaspora as the Grand Canyon. On Lisbon's opening track, "Juveniles,"...

    September 13, 2010 2:30 PM ET
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