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New Reviews: Feist's Best Album Yet

Also: Stream new music by Metallica and Lou Reed, Rihanna, Scotty McCreery, Staind and Blondie

October 4, 2011 9:15 AM ET
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Feist, 'Metals'

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Jody Rosen praises Feist's new album, Metals, which he says lacks anything as immediately appealing as her hit "1234" but is nevertheless her best record. Also, J. Edward Keyes gives high marks to the latest from Irish singer Imelda May, on which she "exudes the dangerous allure of a 1950s pulp pinup," and Caryn Ganz pans the ho-hum debut by American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.

 

ALBUMS

Feist - Metals (stream one song)

Merle Haggard - Working in Tennessee (stream one song)

Scotty McCreery - Clear As Day (stream one song)

Zola Jesus - Conatus (stream one song)

Blondie - Panic of Girls (stream one song)

Staind - Staind (stream one song)

Flowers and Sea Creatures - Flowers and Sea Creatures (stream one song)

Hank Williams III - Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town (stream one song)

Imelda May - Mayhem (stream one song)

Opeth - Heritage (stream one song)

SONGS

Lou Reed and Metallica "The View" (stream)

The Olivia Tremor Control "The Game You Play Is in Your Head, Parts 1, 2 & 3" (stream)

Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love" (stream)

Lana Del Rey "Video Games" (stream)

Daft Punk "Drive" (stream)

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