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Cafe Tacuba, 'El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco' (Universal Music)

Why this Mexican band's fantastic eighth record hasn't been more lauded is a mystery; it's as exciting and adventurous a statement as was released this year. Over 10 songs, the four-piece art rock band merges guitar, bass, rhythms both acoustic and digital, synthesizers and a spirit of unlimited possibility. Translated, the title means "The Object Formerly Known as Record," suggesting, like the music, a past and a future. Muse fans who don't know this record are missing out on a better band. AP / Universal Music