In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Jody Rosen raves about Florence and the Machine's "dark, robust and romantic" second album, Ceremonials, which showcases Florence Welch's powerhouse voice as well as the chops of her band, who "channel garage-rock camaraderie into a huge, lashing sound more fit for an Olympian mountain peak than a garage." Also, Chuck Eddy says that Metallica turn Lou Reed's pretentions into something heavy and muscular on their collaborative album Lulu, and Simon Vozick-Levinson praises the Black Keys' badass new single "Lonely Boy."
Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials (stream one song)
Lou Reed and Metallica - Lulu (stream one song)
The Decemberists - Long Live the King (stream one song)
U2 - Achtung Baby (20th Anniversary Edition) (stream one song)
The Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions (Box Set) (stream one song)
The Black Keys "Lonely Boy" (stream)
The Rolling Stones "No Spare Parts" (stream)