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Low, Double Negative (Sub Pop) – Low’s Alan Sparhawk often experiments with noise, though usually in the hard-rock sense of 2007’s Drums and Guns. This time around, producer B.J. Burton has given the Duluth trio a throbbing drone that may initially unnerve some listeners, but ultimately demands attention for its harsh beauty, resulting in one of Low’s finest efforts.
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Interpol, Marauder (Matador) – Paul Banks has led Interpol in a more strident direction over the past decade, and the new brooding work feels nothing like the band’s 2002 debut. Sullen observations may be lyrically predictable in the indie world, but tracks like “Stay in Touch” remain fresh and a bit scary.
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DeVotchKa, This Night Falls Forever (Concord) – Frontman Nick Urata always provides Denver’s DeVotchKa with a strong dose of melodrama, and the opening track “Straight Shot” would suggest an expansion to new beats. Ultimately, though, the foursome falls back on the familiar gypsy-rock they’re known for, which is sure to please the base but offers few unexpected leaps.

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