Top Albums Of The Week - February 20-26
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:28:28
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Some of the most-anticipated albums of 2016 were released this week. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debuted their self-aware sophomore effort, This Unruly Mess I've Made (self-released). Anthrax got back to shredding with their 11th studio album and first in five years, For All Kings (Megaforce). Santigold returned to pop while remaining wise to its price on 99¢ (Atlantic).
But a variety of non-mainstream artists also had their albums hit the shelves and airwaves this week. Pinkshinyultrablast showered us with glittery shoegaze via Grandfeathered (Club AC30). Odd Nosdam got back to what he does best - dropping heavy and experimental beats - on Sisters (Leaving Records). Yuck revealed their third album Stranger Things (Mame Records). The final week of February saw the release of a whole slew of new music.
Here are our favorites:
Quilt - Plaza - Mexican Summer
Boston-based Quilt have been on our radar for quite some time. Their psych-pop stylings are the stuff of dreams; mesmerizing, haunting, and vivid as they are hazy. On their third LP, Plaza, the band is able to use those qualities along with a new more approachable feel that could have the foursome breaking into the spotlight.
Bonnie Raitt - Dig in Deep - Redwing Music
It's been over a decade since Bonnie Raitt released an album of new songs, but that doesn't mean she has rusted over. The bluesy songstress is back in full swing, delivering a smoky and emotional offering that should not be missed.
The 1975 - I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it - Interscope, Dirty Hit
The 1975 have a tendency to divide critics, but they certainly do get people talking. Their sophomore release, I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, has them drawing from 80s pop and exploring boundaryless soundscapes. It's bold and yet somehow sophisticated.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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