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Price: $15.99Rock & Pop
In a year fraught with emotional intensity and existential drama, the lighthearted Lotta Sea Lice, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Viles new collaboration, is a welcome change of pace. Rooted in the artists mutual admiration, the album finds Barnett and Vile celebrating one another in a way that highlights increasingly revealed common ground. What began as an idea for a split single evolved into a full length and that evolution is on full display on Lotta Sea Lice. The duos piecemeal approach to recording, eight days in the studio over almost 15 months, is heard in the uneven final product, but what the album lacks in structural consistency it repays in their undeniable chemistry. Lotta Sea Lice finds Barnett and Vile making it up as they go to vital results. The albums meandering low-stakes approach projects the artists comfort with and confidence in each other, illuminates their process and hints at greater possibilities.

BECKCOLORSReleased Friday, October 13, 2017
Price: $11.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Singer-songwriter Beck has never been very good at hiding how he's feeling. If you made it through the defeated melancholy of 'Sea Change' without wanting to hurl yourself off a cliff, congrats. But the thing is, Beck doesn't hide when he's happy either. The 10-track 'Colors' is Beck's most accessible, radio-friendly offering in years but, this being Beck, it's brilliantly layered, with plenty of interesting things happening under the hood. There's pan flute, handclaps and glockenspiel on it, for goodness' sake. Beck hasn't been this overtly poppy since 'Midnite Vultures' in 1999 but that was harsh-sounding and more than a little nutty in comparison. 'Colors' is smooth and warm and light. In fact, there are plenty of allusions to Beck emerging from darkness. 'Found our way through the lost years/ Now the day brings it all here,' he sings in the title song.

BRAND NEWSCIENCE FICTIONReleased Friday, October 20, 2017
Price: $9.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
As theyve done throughout their two decades, Brand New defy expectations to a degree that can make even their most beloved past work feel short-sighted. If the streamlined pop-punk throwback singles I Am a Nightmare and Mene were eventually bundled into Science Fiction, it mightve been the equivalent of that oft-fantasized Radiohead album where they returned to The Bends; a satisfying capitulation to fans who refused to evolve along with the band. Instead, from its opening invocation of burning witches, Science Fiction is most similar to A Moon Shaped Pool: Weve never heard this band be this quiet or this gracious about aging. And its unnerving because an infamously inscrutable frontman drops his defenses and finally becomes vulnerable, like he knows this might very well be the last time he gets the chance.

Price: $16.99Jazz
Though an instrumental medley heads down a nearly eight-minute detour, Echo in the Valley provides a grand and inviting vocal showcase for Washburn, who remains a warm, relatable, versatile singer. The album just keeps surprising, whether in the restraint of 'Let It Go,' the subtly warped solos of 'Don't Let It Bring You Down' or the alternately worn and soaring blues of 'My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains.'For all its sonic detours, Echo in the Valley comes from a consistent place thematically, with songs that sing the praises of hard-won perspective and hands outstretched to the vulnerable. As musicians and as songwriters, Fleck and Washburn are predisposed to embrace the entire world its sounds and its occupants alike. Echo in the Valley ties the many threads of their interests into a work that dazzles without sacrificing a shred of approachability.

GUCCI MANEMR.DAVISReleased Friday, October 13, 2017
Price: $14.99 (sale priced)Rap
At this point we know what to expect from a post-prison Gucci project, and this album delivers on that front. Q and Rocky are probably the only two surprising features, and both of course deliver- Rocky's flow especially steals the show on the otherwise unremarkable 'Jumped Out the Whip.' Lil Story's hook is one of Gucci's best on the album, however, with a charming Eazy E style delivery.

MARILYN MANSONHEAVEN UPSIDE DOWNReleased Friday, October 13, 2017
Price: $11.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
On Heaven Upside Down, his 10th album, Manson embraces the tropes that made him a menace and a rock star and a stalwart of goth. Songs called SAY10 and JE$U$ CRI$I$ sound like someone making fun of witch house band Salemits telling that, in 2017, Manson doesnt come off like a parody of himself but of his musical descendants. Unlike 2015s The Pale Emperor, which had buckets of bass-heavy glam rock decadence coursing through its veins, Heaven Upside Down adopts a serrated industrial tone more reminiscent of 1998s Mechanical Animals, with a smattering of juicy guitar licks that harken back to Mansons 1994 debut Portrait of an American Family. On his 10th album, Marilyn Manson embraces the tropes that made him a menace and a rock star and a stalwart of goth. This is his turf, and rather than expand it, he seeks to defend it.

NINE INCH NAILSADD VIOLENCE (EP) (DIG)Released Friday, October 13, 2017
Price: $5.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Nine Inch Nails second EP in a year is as perplexing and immediate as their first. Trent Reznor has lost none of his power to discomfit and intimidate. Its external circumstances rather than internal dynamics that account for NINs fear factor today. Their ferocious performance of 'Shes Gone Away' on episode eight of the Twin Peaks revivalrather uncontroversially viewed as the most artistically ambitious hour of television ever airedrevealed that Reznor has lost none of his power to discomfit and intimidate. Placed alongside David Lynch and Mark Frosts visions of atomic fire, indestructible doppelgangers, skull-crushing demons, and slithering insectoids, Nine Inch Nails fit right in.

PINKBEAUTIFUL TRAUMAReleased Friday, October 13, 2017
Price: $9.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
There is just no excuse to not love P!nk: the woman is exceptionally talented, gorgeous, and possesses a strong, independent spirit that has set her apart from her contemporaries for over seventeen years now. With graceful triumph, this firecracker returns on Friday, October 13th with Beautiful Trauma on RCA Records. Returning after a five-year sabbatical, P!nk offers up her seventh studio offering, the phenomenal Beautiful Trauma. With production credits split across Jack Antonoff (of the band fun.), Steve Mac (Demi Lovato, One Direction), Max Martin (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and Shellback (Adele, Taylor Swift), the thirteen-track album was destined to be an amalgamation of sounds, from Pop to R&B, sultry dance numbers to piano-accompanied ballads. You cannot possibly pin a good woman down, and P!nk makes damned sure of that on this go-round!

ROBERT PLANTCARRY FIREReleased Friday, October 13, 2017
Price: $13.99 (sale priced)Rock & Pop
Robert Plant, scraggly-hair icon and eardrum-busting Led Zeppelin frontman, is back with his latest solo effort Carry Fire. Earlier this fall, he debuted the singles The May Queen and Bones of Saints, as well as Bluebirds Over the Mountains, a duet with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. This is his 11th solo record and follows 2014s Lullaby And the Ceaseless River, recorded with his band The Sensational Shape Shifters.You wont hear Plants impossibly high-pitched wails of old on this recorddecades of challenging the limits of the human vocal register will tire even the most indefatigable rock iconbut his signature folk mysticism and global influences are easily found, particularly on the title track. Plant also explores Appalachian roots music and a more stripped-down take on rural blues.

ST VINCENTMASSEDUCTIONReleased Friday, October 13, 2017
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Full of glorious contradictions, Annie Clarks fifth St Vincent album, Masseduction, is leaded with pitch-dark content but sounds so wonderfully joyous at times that its hard to feel too oppressed. Touted as her 'pop' moment (the album is co-produced by Jack Antonoff, who has previously worked with pop luminaries Lorde and Taylor Swift), right from the off - with Hang On Mes pulsing bass and drowsy, sensual synth melody matched by the erotic intensity of Annies vocal it is clear that something special is in the offing. With a palpable honesty, she sings intense stories of lust (Savior, playing erotic stock-character dress-up as nurse, teacher, nun, with an outfit that rides and sticks to my thighs and hips; Young Lover bluntly admitting: I miss the taste of your tongue) and love, but always skewed to the fatalistic, dangerous or gone-wrong varieties. You and me, were not meant for this world, she intones in the dramatic, gripping opener almost revelling in the doomed nature of the affair. Key track Los Ageless repeats, like an incantation or a plea: How can anybody have you and lose you and not lose their mind too?

Price: $9.99 (sale priced)Soundtracks
The nostalgic 80s film and music tsunami is still crashing all over the contemporary pop culture landscape, with a new generation of creators apparently fascinated by the stuff that their dads (or, er young Uncles, um, older cousins, umdamn, Im old) grooved on without any affectation.The cynic can sneer at this quasi-hipster appreciation of the shallow me decade that chased the sex and danger-dripping 1970s. Its easy to laugh at the fetishized filter the next generation drapes over the previous, but truthfully, with the advent of the rock video, the progression of electronic music and the obsession with slick visuals and style over substance, the 80s really were an aesthetically pleasing period.

TRIVIUMSIN & THE SENTENCEReleased Friday, October 20, 2017
Price: $13.99Metal / Goth
Having the first track on the album as the title track is quite bold to be honest. Most bands tend to have it a few tracks in at least or have it as the last track. Trivium, however, felt no need to do that and I think their boldness has paid off. From the opening snare hits courtesy of new skinsmasher, Alex Bent, to the last bridge featuring a return of harsh vocals, this track has got near enough everything that Trivium has experimented with over the past few years. Beyond Oblivion follows suit and adopts a kind of In Waves style mixed with some of the more melodic parts of the past album. Whilst this might be all well and good, its just a tad too long for my liking. Whether thats because there is so much repetition in the track or simply because its just too long is not for me to say. Other Worlds however is a different kettle of fish. Having a much more modern metal sound than the previous track, the track showcases Heafys much improved clean vocals. Hes hitting much higher notes than he did before which raises the issues that if they perform this live, can he hit them? That remains to be seen