With two fantastic albums ("Turn On the Bright Lights," "Antics") already under their well-tailored belts, Interpol returns to prove that they've got what it takes to deliver under pressure. Advanced information has been scarce; a live show in Canada was the source of early leaks of songs "Pioneer to the Falls" (a stoic, downtempo dirge that's more early Cure, less Bauhaus) and "Heinrich Maneuver," a powerful blast of harmonizing guitars. "Mammoth" is just that, a hard-charging post-punk anthem. Do we have another winner from Interpol? Signs point to yes.
St. Vincent, "Marry Me" Polyphonic Spree member and Sufjan Stevens tour buddy Annie Clark produces gorgeous and hypnotic dream-pop under this divine alter-ego.
Common, "Finding Forever" Chi-Town's rap iconturnedHollywood golden child goes soulful, with Kanye West and UK It-girl Lily Allen on board.
Smashing Pumpkins, "Zeitgeist" Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlain and two Pumpkins to be named later try to disarm long-suffering fans with the latest entry in the grunge-era comeback sweepstakes.
Mike Jones, "The American Dream" Apparently the "dream" here is making your cell phone number the hook on most of your Houston-bred hip-hop jams and blinding the world with that diamond grill.
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Kelly Clarkson, "My December"
Ryan Adams, "Easy Tiger"
Chris Cornell, "Carry On"
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