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ROBYN Robyn (Cherrytree-Interscope) In the '90s, Robyn refused to open for the Backstreet Boys; now that defiant streaks been channeled into a disc full of gum-snapping urban pop. A more feral Gwen Stefani, Robyn makes the song Should Have Known an instant dedication to your schmuck of an ex: I shouldve seen it comin/ I shouldve fuckin known.
Download Now: Handle Me
JAMIE LIDELL Jim (Warp) For all the sins committed in the name of white-boy funk, Lidell offers blissful redemption. Jim is a sprightly take on pop and piano rock, wrapped up in Lidells raw-silk voice. With an infectious energy, even the relationship-repair song Another Day has you believing in a beautiful future together.
Download Now: A Little Bit of Feel Good
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (Anti-) The title song imagines the biblical figure as a junkie rock star; another waxes poetic about meat lockers. Sound fun yet? Nick Cave indulges in fever-dream narratives and freak-outs so you dont have to, while his crack band, The Bad Seeds, makes the rocking Lie Down Here an invitation worth considering.
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CASSANDRA WILSON Loverly (Blue Note) Forget mild-mannered jazz albums meant more for the conservatory than the saloon; slinky-voiced Wilsons finger-snapping grooves blow the dust off of blues classics and standards. Two songs in, youll want to buy the guy at the end of the bar a stiff one.
Download Now: The Very Thought of You