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Hear and Now

We round up 15 albums hitting stores this week and next

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APRIL 11 RELEASES

The Beatles, The Capitol Albums Vol. 2 (Capitol/EMI)
Don't get too excited, Beatlemaniacs: This is just a repackaging of four 1965 releases — The Early Beatles, Beatles VI, the Help! soundtrack, and Rubber Soul — in a unwieldy longbox.

Daniel Powter, Daniel Powter (Warner Bros.)
Think of him as the next James Blunt, but Canadian.
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Built to Spill, You in Reverse (Warner Bros.)
Another album of long-winded but fierce jam-rock from Doug Martsch & Co.
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Saves the Day, Sound the Alarm (Vagrant)
After a flop on Dreamworks, the New Jersey emo fellas are back on pop-punk indie Vagrant for their fifth album.
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Toby Keith, White Trash With Money (Show Dog/Big Machine)
Nice title, Toby. We were thinking that, but we're too polite to say it.
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Brian Eno & David Bryne, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (Nonesuch)
A lush reissue — including seven bonus tracks — that brilliantly revisits Eno & Byrne's 1981 funk 'n' found-sound masterpiece.
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Eagles of Death Metal, Death by Sexy (Downtown)
Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and mustachioed wild man Jesse Hughes return with their second dose of scuzzed-up retro rock.
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LL Cool J, Todd Smith (Def Jam)
His career — and physique — continues to defy gravity's downward pull: The 38-year-old rap originator drops album No. 12.

Josh Ritter, The Animal Years (V2)
On his third LP, the singer-songwriter breaks out of "sensitive dude" mold with an expanded sound.
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Tom Ze, Estudando O Pagode (V2)
The 70-year-old tropicalia pioneer juxtaposes playful musical motifs (kazoos!) with serious subject matter on this concept CD.
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APRIL 18 RELEASES

SpankRock, Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo (Big Dada)
Baltimore club music filtered through a stylish hipster prism. Like 2 Live Crew with a hint of head-scratching irony.

Drive-By Truckers, A Blessing and a Curse (New West)
Alt-country stalwarts treat their small-town vignettes with a widescreen, Southern-rock scope.

Various Artists, Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads (BBE)
Though they're still a thriving band, Radiohead already have a bevy of diverse covers discs recorded in their honor. This one features reworkings from quirky jazz group the Bad Plus and sample guru RJD2.

The Fiery Furnaces, Bitter Tea (Fat Possum)
Impossibly quirky brother-sister indie-rockers confound with songs about Vietnamese telephone numbers and checkbook-balancing Mormons.

Rascal Flatts, Me and My Gang (Lyric Street)
Horribly named country balladeers round up more mom groupies.

Originally posted Apr 10, 2006
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