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Albums: Oct. 28, 2011

Reviews of the latest from Vince Gill, Chris Isaak, and more

Vince Gill, Guitar Slinger
Gill follows 2006's four-disc These Days with a concise set of soul-kissed tunes on which low-key highlights abound, including ''Threaten Me With Heaven,'' possibly the prettiest song about death you'll hear this year. AMikael Wood

Patrick Stump, Soul Punk
The former Fall Out Boy frontman has dramatically altered both his look and his sonic approach since going solo, a shape-shift that serves him best on Michael Jacksonesque rock&B workouts like ''Run Dry.'' But he loses himself among all the references here, leaving an emptiness at Soul Punk's otherwise vibrant center. B-Kyle Anderson

Real Estate, Days
Drifting along on surf-garage guitars and lazy daydream harmonies, these Brooklyn indie-rockers would aspire to be the Beach Boys — if they didn't sound too blissfully stoned to make it to the beach. B+Melissa Maerz

Chris Isaak, Beyond the Sun
It's hard to bring new ideas to stone-cold classics like ''Can't Help Falling in Love'' and ''I Walk the Line,'' so Isaak spends his homage to pioneering label Sun Records lighting his firecracker of a backing band and getting out of the way. BKA

M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
On his shimmering sixth release, M83 mastermind and gauze-pop aficionado Anthony Gonzalez wraps both hooks (''Steve McQueen'') and hallucinations (''Year One, One UFO'') in bubbly melodies only occasionally bogged down by murky sprawl. B+KA

Michael Feinstein, The Sinatra Project Vol. II: The Good Life
The musical-theater maestro's 2008 ode to Sinatra's late-'50s phase was a ring-a-ding delight. Toasting Ol' Blue Eyes as a '60s-era hepcat, though, Feinstein offers swing with little swagger. C+MW

Originally posted Oct 21, 2011 Published in issue #1178 Oct 28, 2011 Order article reprints
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