New Releases - 5.22.07

What is there to say about Voxtrot that has not been said already? It seems everyone loves Voxtrot, with good reason. They have taken everything good about Belle & Sebastian and made them into a more marketable, accessible band. Where B&S are simply too twee at times, Voxtrot is not afraid to rock out a bit. A favorite for me.

Voxtrot - Every Day

The Maccabees don't do much to stand out from other British rock bands at the moment, but they are still quite enjoyable and have been praised by NME & others. This song in particular struck me as super cute and sweet and not at all like The Arctic Monkeys or The Klaxons or whoever.

The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses

Featuring this album is cheating a little, since the album The Swell Season has been out for some time now and features several of the same songs. Together, Glen Hansard (of the Frames) and Markéta Irglová made an album that is so beautiful and full of emotion. The movie "Once" is now out in limited release and stars both Glen and Markéta. If you enjoy the duo of Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan, be prepared to fall in love with Glen and Markéta.

Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - Falling Slowly

Other honorable mentions for today:

Maroon 5 - It Won't Be Soon Before Long (80s flavored pop)
Erasure - Light At The End Of The World (still-doesn't-compare-to-The-Innocents dance pop)
The National - Boxer (too-dreary-for-me rock)
The Bravery - The Sun And The Moon (no-longer-synth-band upbeat rock)
Meg Baird - Dear Companion (traditional-sounding folk)