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Madonna: Hard Candy
Madonna was never going to grow old gracefully, which is fine with us. She gets back into the groove with her club-friendly new album, backed by an arsenal of top-shelf R&B collaborators, including Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and Timbaland and Timberlake. Sticky and sweet, indeed!
Listen: Hard Candy

 

 

 

Portishead: Third
The haunting melodies and molasses beats have been replaced with menacing guitar solos and tribal drums. The Bristol trip-hop mavericks return a little brawnier on their first album in nearly a decade. It's no wonder everyone who went to Coachella won't stop blathering on about them.
Listen: "Machine Gun"

Estelle: Shine
With support from John Legend and Kanye West, this young British R&B star is primed to conquer America. The slick disco beats, cosmopolitan melodies and thrilling vocals spilling over on her new album should help.
Listen: "American Boy" (feat. Kanye West)

Also Out: Augustana, Can't Love, Can't Hurt; Constantines, Kensington Heights; Eric Matthews, The Imagination Stage; Hayden, In Field & Town; Jamie Lidell, Jim; Joy Division, Best of Joy Division; MC5, Anthology; Mudcrutch, S/T; New York Dolls, Live at the Fillmore East, Robyn, S/T; The Roots, Rising Down; Santogold, S/T; Sarah McLachlan, Rarities, B-Sides 2 and Other Stuff, Volume 2; Steve Winwood, Nine Lives; Your Vegas, A Town and Two Cities

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