New Music for April 2013

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As we feel the newness of Spring approaching on our skin when we step outside, there are many notable releases expected this month to propel us into warmer weather. Let’s start with OneRepublic’s Native, an album that continues pushing the band’s 2007 explosion onto the music scene in new and interesting directions. As seen in their previous two efforts, the album is excellently produced and is more hypnotic in tone, while keeping true to OneRepublic’s notoriously eclectic sound. The most accessible track by far is “Feel Again,” which carries an anthemic chorus and pulsing drums, but the most interesting track in my opinion is “Can’t Stop,” as I became enamored with singer Ryan Tedder’s falsetto.

Notable Tracks: “Feel Again,” “Can’t Stop,” “Counting Stars”

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Lil’ Wayne’s new drop, I Am Not a Human Being II, sounds more like an atom bomb. In classic Weezy style, lyrical content includes odes to drugs in “Trippy,” which features a spot from Juicy J, money in “Rich A F***” featuring 2 Chainz (who also seems to have his hands in everything these days and sexual wordplay in, well, just about every track on the album. Almost every track features another rapper of reputable quality including Dre, Big Sean, Drake and even Soulja Boy!

Notable Tracks: “Rich As F***” “No Worries,” “Love Me”

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Joining Weezy in new hip-hop albums is Tyler the Creator, member of hip-hop super group Odd Future, who released his third effort, Wolf, on April 1stWolf again pits Tyler battling his own psyche in manifestations called Sam and newly introduced character, Wolf. The difference here is, though, that Tyler seems to be struggling with new issues such as depression, loneliness and love. At 22, Tyler is showing flashes of new maturity and his lyrical content is vulnerable, showing us a new side of the young rapper bolstered by jazzy riffs and hard, straight beats.

Notable Tracks: “Slater” “Treehome95” “IFHY”

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Other new releases in April include The Band Perry, who seek to build upon the success of their self-titled debut album with PioneerHeza, the third release from indie-surfpoppers, Generationalists, and Dear Miss Lonelyhearts from the Cold War Kids.

Other Notable Expected April Releases:

Wheelhouse – Brad Paisley (Ap. 9)

Save Rock and Roll – Fall Out Boy (Ap. 12)

Bankrupt – Phoenix (Ap. 23)

To Be Loved – Michael Buble (Ap. 23)

Indicud – Kid Cudi (Ap. 23)

Reincarnated – Snoop Lion (Ap. 23)