Four Tet – There Is Love In You (Domino)
Kieran Hebden lets go of his folk and jazz leanings for beat-laden hypnosis.
Rating: 8 out of 10 echoing angels.
Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks (FatCat)
A round of pints with Scotland’s most endearing indie pop outfit.
Rating: 8 out of 10 overturned shot glasses.
Goldfrapp – Head First (Mute)
Olivia Newton-John as S&M disco priestess.
Rating: 8 out of 10 bright pink jumpsuits.
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (Virgin)
A floating paradise where cartoon miscreants turn out jamz with Snoop and Bobby Womack.
Rating: 9 out of 10 superfast jellyfish.
Here We Go Magic – Pigeons (Secretly Canadian)
Lo-fi psychedelic experience that’s way more fun than “art” should be.
Rating: 9 out of 10 rabbits pulled from hats.
Hot Chip – One Life Stand (Astralwerks)
UK dance troupe sound their most sincere, while offering some of their best tunes.
Rating: 8 out of 10 effective uses of auto-tune.
Jónsi – Go (XL)
Sigur Rós main man steps into the spotlight and drops the linguistic fiction.
Rating: 8 out of 10 rainbow-splashed watercolor press images.
LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening (DFA-Virgin)
Bowie, Eno, Heads, and the greatest aspects of the last 35 years of pop music are happening.
Rating: 10 out of 10 king hats in king houses.
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks (Matador)
Indie rock veteran stays punk while delivering gorgeous pop tunes.
Rating: 8 out of 10 obscure architecture references.
Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring (Arts & Crafts)
This album is a lot of things, but boring isn’t one of them.
Rating: 8 out of 10 strangely comforting death fantasies.