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Albums: Sept. 9, 2011

Reviews of the latest offerings from George Strait, The Rapture, and more

George Strait, Here for a Good Time
There's plenty of party-startin' on the country king's latest, but Good Time contains some trademark Strait talk, too. ''You know that you're in trouble,'' he warns on ''Drinkin' Man,'' ''when you're 14 and drunk by 10 a.m.'' B+Mikael Wood

Grace Jones, Hurricane/Dub
How to make the Queen of Strangé sound even strangér? By reissuing 2008's goth-reggae opus Hurricane with eerie dub remixes like ''Hell Dub'' and ''Devil Dub.'' Get down, demon lady! BMelissa Maerz

Various Artists, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly
While not quite as good as Rave On (the other tribute feting Holly's 75th birthday), Listen has playful contributions from the likes of Lyle Lovett and Ringo Starr. As for the Fray's ''Take Your Time''? Send that Chevy to the levee. BKyle Anderson

The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love
The Rapture still do brainy, stuttering dance rock better than your average electro fetishists. Wailing album opener ''Sail Away'' sets the wrong tone, but the shaky swagger of ''Roller Coaster'' is a great soundtrack for practicing the robot. BKA

Tommy Stinson, One Man Mutiny
The former Replacements bassist wears his boozy, bluesy pedigree on his tattered Midwestern sleeve, invoking working-class heartbreak (''Don't Deserve You'') and punk-rock middle age (''All This Way for Nothing''). B+KA

Originally posted Sep 02, 2011 Published in issue #1171-1172 Sep 09, 2011 Order article reprints
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