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The Inbox: Deerhunter, Lady Antebellum and More

by Rob Harvilla

The Inbox: Deerhunter, Lady Antebellum and More


Welcome to The Inbox, a recurring feature in which we take a spin through the week's hottest new releases (along with a bit of Napster's own reviews) and pair each album with the weirdest, coolest, (sometimes unintentionally) funniest stuff we can find on the Internet. Enjoy.

Volatile, Weird, Exhilarating Indie Jams from the New Gold Standard in Terrifying Late-Night-Talk-Show Appearances:

Deerhunter, Monomania
The further this band goes down their own rabbit hole, the more people seem to like them, so let Bradford Cox indulge his every urge to breathe heavily through an overcooked microphone (or is it megaphone?) over grooving and grunging indie sleaze. This is easily Deerhunter's hardest-rocking and catchiest album. [Dan Weiss]

Austere, Vicious Catharsis for Those Who Prefer Their Sublime Post-Punk with Lots of Manifestos:

Savages, Silence Yourself
One of 2013's biggest stories is this all-female English four-piece, which combines the coveted austerity of The xx with a different tack entirely: copper-wire post-punk. Fans of Bloc Party's debut will love Gemma Thompson's chugging yet reverberating guitar textures. Meanwhile, Ayse Hassan might be the most memorable bassist in recent history. [D.W.]

Badass Nerd-Thrash Power-Trio Guitar-Hero Action for Anyone Who's Ever Caught Detention for Playing Air Guitar to "Cliffs of Dover" During Study Hall:

Joe Satriani, Unstoppable Momentum
Taking a break from kicking ass and chewing bubblegum in raucous supergroup Chickenfoot, the Satch unleashes his first solo album in three years, and it just might be his liveliest in nearly a decade. Deploying a power trio for the sessions, the guitarist leaves little room for error as he and his mates walk a tightrope between composition and groove research. [Justin Farrar]

Smoldering, Cosmopolitan Country Pop Jams for All You Nashville Fans Rooting for Gunnar and Scarlett's Love Affair:

Lady Antebellum, Golden
Integrating soul harmonies and pop hooks into their Tennessee sound, Lady A have always been as cosmopolitan as they are country, projecting old-fashioned grace while remaining thoroughly modern. Here on Golden, most songs occur in the past but few sound dated. [Linda Ryan]

Tough-Talking, Hard-Living Outlaw Country Jams for All You Nashville Fans Hoping Scarlett Beats Up Gunnar and Hops the First Convertible Out of Town:

Pistol Annies, Annie Up
The reigning queens of brash irreverence deliver cleverly written one-liners with the effortlessness of flicking a cigarette. If their debut was a whiskey-fueled night out, Annie Up is the next day's hangover. Tempering the sass with a bit of substance, the trio sets a high bar with lusty opener "I Feel a Sin Comin' On." [L.R.]

A Gala Boy-Band Reunion Targeting Both Current Teenagers and Moms Who Still Fondly Recall Their Teenage Years, aka the Presumed Target Audience for Sushi Cats:

98 Degrees, 2.0
Getting the band back together is always potentially brilliant and totally risky. And when you're a boy band whose members are now middle-aged dudes? Yikes. But you know what? 98 Degrees may have pulled it off. Check out disco jam "Can't Get Enough" and the Prince-ly "Take the Long Way Home." [Rachel Devitt]

Sophisticated Adult-Contemporary Jams from a Suave Legend Seeking to Make You Forget That He Once Looked (and Acted) Like a Roadie for Poison:

Rod Stewart, Time
Intended to be Stewart's return from the world of pop standards, Time contains plenty of mandolin and acoustic guitar, two trademarks of his classic work (e.g. Gasoline Alley and Every Picture Tells a Story). Though the album is still more adult contemporary than rock 'n' roll, the singer does sound peppy during the petite boogie of "Finest Woman." [Justin Farrar]