ALBUM REVIEWS

Catching up on September pop music releases

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

After a lean and languid summer, the world of pop music dumped its cornucopia on the September calendar with new albums from resurgent classic rockers (Robert Plant, Neil Young), marquee indie troupes (Interpol, Walkmen), Nashville headliners (Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington) and plenty of others.

Click Track, the Washington Post's pop music blog, decided to play catch-up on this profusion of pop. Here's a recap on some of last month's finest releases that we didn't get to the first time around.

i Azure Ray, "Drawing Down the Moon"

The ambient/folk/pop girl-girl duo is back on Nebraska indie label Saddle Creek after a seven-year break (and solo careers that never went as well as they might have). "Moon" picks up where they left off: It's a floaty and charming wisp of an album. -- Allison Stewart

Black Milk, "Album of the Year"

The enterprising Detroit MC uses horns, strings, guitars and jazz riffs to assemble a smart, sprawling disc with an old-school vibe. Sometimes too sprawling: The shambolic "Gospel Psychedelic Rock" is pretty much what it advertises. -- AS

Chuck Brown, "We Got This"

This new three-disc set -- a five-song EP of taut studio cuts along with an expansive live CD-DVD combo recorded at Washington's 9:30 Club -- offers indisputable proof that the "Godfather of Go-Go" is the funkiest 74-year-old walking the planet. -- Chris Richards

Cinema Red & Blue, "Cinema Red & Blue"

Use Creation Records seven-inchers, Godard DVDs and unfiltered cigarettes to lure a bunch of mopey mop tops to a focus group and they'd probably come up with this album. David Feck of the eternally melancholy Comet Gain leads his new band through an appropriately ramshackle collection. -- David Malitz

Andrew Cedermark, "Moon Deluxe"

You'd never guess Cedermark used to play guitar for supercharged punk steamrollers Titus Andronicus. His solo debut has its loud moments, but they bubble up and fade away. This is drifting psychedelic rock, as concerned with the journey as reaching the destination. -- DM


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