The Fall – Reformation Post TLC (Slogan) The Fall is making some of its most respectable records in the autumn of Mark E. Smith’s years. And it sounds like he’s having fun too.
William Elliott Whitmore – Song Of The Blackbird (Southern) The best thing to come out of Keokuk, Iowa since Mr. Mister.
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.