On the Record

By Bill Chenovert
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Figurines

(Control Group)

Sounds Like: Danish quintet’s fourth is full of delicate, detailed harmonies backed by Christian Hjelm’s high-pitched, plaintive vocals plus much jangle and synths.

Free Association: Those Danes are weird, man, and so is this record—creepy goth folk.

For Fans Of: Echo & the Bunnymen, Built to Spill + Modest Mouse, darkness.

Kimberly Caldwell

Without Regret

(Vanguard/Capitol)

Sounds Like: An American Idol in 2002 and Star Search success, this is her “much”-anticipated collection of throaty, raspy power ballads and corny anthems.

Free Association: It’s like every song’s written by Randy Jackson and/or Kara DioGuardi.

For Fans Of: Kelly Clarkson + Melissa Etheridge, Ruben Studdard (he beat her).

TV on the Radio

Nine Types of Light

(Interscope)

Sounds Like: The Brooklyn boys’ fifth LP is softer, less erratic; recorded in L.A., this one’s sunny and easily digestible, but still emotive, artfully catchy and smart.

Free Association: If Dear Science was the party, this is the hungover morning after.

For Fans Of: Joy Division x Bowie/Eno, the Fall + Interpol.

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