This week, you might just break the bank on buying music — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There are several albums worth spending your money on this week, so let’s get right down to it.
Ciara — Fantasy Ride (Jive Records)
You’ve probably heard her single “Love, Sex, Magic,” which features Justin Timberlake, but the rest of the CD features other hit makers like Missy Elliott and The Dream. Consider Ciara’s newest your summer soundtrack.
St. Vincent — Actor (4AD)
Annie Clark’s follow-up to her debut Marry Me should prove to be just as dreamy. Her single “The Strangers” will be enough to keep you interested in what follows. If you’re just discovering St. Vincent, I highly recommend listening to “Now Now” from the last album as well.
Peaches — I Feel Cream (XL Records)
The ultimate electro-queer artist, Peaches sings a little lighter on this album, which is actually quite a pleasant change. Is she channeling the likes of Lady Gaga? Maybe, but she does it better on songs like the title track.
Tara Jane O’Neil — A Ways Away (K Records)
Out singer/songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil is not like most other musicians that could be prefaced the same way. A Ways Away is her K Records debut, and her prolific songwriting about relationships and real life situations are both poetically heartbreaking and pleasing. Also, Mirah guests on the album.
Katie Melua — Pictures (Universal Motown)
Having released this material in the UK in 2007, fans of Katie’s might already be familiar. However, getting your hands on a hard copy in America. A hit with gay women, her album cover features the pop-rock songstress in a leather jacket. This might be a need-to-own.