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In the spirit of the NFL draft, we’ve asked Boomer to help us out with the news this week.

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 27th, 2018.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.  As our staff post reviews of these albums, links will appear below the art work so that you can read about the release, see how we scored it, and more.


Featured Release

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Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Genre: Art Pop / Contemporary R&B
Label: Bad Boy

Almost five years after the genre-bending The Electric Lady, Ms. Monae continues her marvelous run. In a BBC Radio 1 interview with Annie Mac, Monae disclosed about Prince: “It’s hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me.” Prince’s presence can be heard throughout the record, and sure enough, that delectable synth line in single “Make Me Feel” was allegedly penned by The Purple One, per his DJ, Lenka Paris. Other highlights on the record include “Americans” – arguably the best politically-tinged song since the last American presidential election – along with “I Got the Juice” (featuring Pharrell Williams) and “PYNK” (in collaboration with Grimes).


 

– Sample List of Releases: April 27th, 2018 –

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The Armed – Only Love
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Throat Ruiner

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The Beat Escape – Life is Short The Answer’s Long
Genre: Electropop
Label: Bella Union

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Blitzkrieg – Judge Not
Genre: Heavy Metal / NWOBHM
Label: Mighty Music

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Blossoms – Cool Like You
Genre: Indie Pop
Label: Virgin EMI

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Dr. Dog – Critical Equation
Genre: Indie Folk / Psychedelic Pop
Label: We Buy Gold

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Dylan Carlson – Conquistador
Genre: Drone / Psychedelic
Label: Sargent House

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Eomac – Reconnect
Genre: Industrial Techno
Label: Eotrax

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Forth Wanderers – Forth Wanderers
Genre: Indie Rock / Midwest Emo
Label: Sub Pop

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Giraffes? Giraffes! – Memory Lane
Genre: Math Rock
Label: Topshelf

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God is an Astronaut – Epitaph
Genre: Post-Rock
Label: Napalm

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Godsmack – When Legends Rise
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Spinefarm

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Grouper – Grid of Points
Genre: Ambient
Label: Kranky

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Half Waif – Lavender
Genre: Synthpop / Art Pop
Label: Cascine

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Ingested – The Level Above Human
Genre: Brutal Death Metal / Deathcore
Label: Unique Leader

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Midas Fall – Evaporate
Genre: Post-Rock / Ambient
Label: Monotreme
[Review]

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Okkervil River – In the Rainbow Rain
Genre: Indie Pop / Indie Rock
Label: ATO

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Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys
Genre: Hip-Hop / Cloud Rap / Trap
Label: Republic

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Royal Coda – Royal Coda
Genre: Post-Hardcore / Progressive
Label: Blue Swan
[Review]

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Stimulator Jones – Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures
Genre: Contemporary R&B / Neo-Soul
Label: Stones Throw

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VARSITY – Parallel Person
Genre: Jangle Pop / Indie
Label: Babe City

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We Are Scientists – Megaplex
Genre: Indie
Label: 100%

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Willie Nelson – Last Man Standing
Genre: Country
Label: Legacy





Divaman
04.27.18
Not a good week for me.

Papa Universe
04.27.18
not a good week for anyone

DoofusWainwright
04.27.18
There've been worse weeks recently tbh

The Grouper and Okkervil River are decent albums, perhaps not as strong as their last releases though. Will also check Forth Wanderers, Willie Nelson (maybe) and Monae as I guess it's a 'statement album' and 'important album' :/

Will also check the Half Waif that's released this week (I think?)

I'll dip a toe in the giraffe! giraffes! album despite the fact it's math rock and has an awful title and album cover. At worst it refreshes my objectivity with yet another 1-2 rating

SandorClegane
04.27.18
God is an Astronaut and We are Scientists and I Don't Care

Jom
04.27.18
>> Will also check the Half Waif that's released this week

Thanks for the heads-up. I added it into the post.

If I missed any other significant releases (or ones that should be highlighted), please feel free to let me know.

Dewinged
04.27.18
Grouper and Half Waif niiice.

bgillesp
04.27.18
Dr. Dog out too

Dewinged
04.27.18
Jom, I was gonna add it to my weekly list but I guess it fits better in this one. Dylan Carlson (Earth) also releases a solo album today. It's called "Conquistador".

Prancer
04.28.18
how tf is everyone just gonna disregard this week when we got new GODSMACK.

Aiwaz
04.28.18
lol

SandwichBubble
04.28.18
All 4 of you that came out in support of Dr. Dog's last album (one of their best this decade) better be hittin the pavement

Sniff
04.28.18
This has gotta be the most busy release day of all time.

Elysia Crampton - S/T
Toundra - Vortex

Probably also deserves a spot on this list

Voivod
04.28.18
Gotta check the Blitzkrieg album.

Also, there’s a new Aura Noir album.

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