Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury – (Star Track) Gangsta rap as it should be: uncompromising, uncommercial, and legitimately frightening.
Chin Up Chin Up – This Harness Can’t Ride Anything (Suicide Squeeze) Chin Up Chin Up plays it safe on their sophomore album.
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – Olé Tarantula (Yep Roc) Another awesomely un-groundbreaking jangle-pop effort from the man in the cynthia mask.
The Clash – The Singles (Legacy) A completist’s dream and priced accordingly.
Mastodon – Blood Mountain (Reprise) The best metal album you’ve heard in the past decade.
Pernice Brothers – Live A Little (Ashmont) Joe Pernice’s talents are obvious and consistent, but the new album doesn’t live up to the expectations he’s created.
Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death (Sanctuary)
Maiden forges ahead while keeping their enormous influence and bravado completely in tact.
Mew – And the Glass Handed Kites (Sony)
A forgettable throwback to those halcyon days when the term “shoegazer” was somewhat novel.