Notable recordings from the world of pop music.
This Scottish electro-pop trio has charmed the American indie congnoscenti, but its icy-sleek debut album, “The Bones of What You Believe,” feels more like a shot across the bow of the Disney Entertainment Industrial Complex. That’s largely because 20-something lead singer Lauren Mayberry sings in the voice of a stung tweenager, but can still emote with a sophistication that should speak to bruised hearts of all ages.
When Alan Jackson releases something as humble and handsome as “The Bluegrass Album,” he’s doing more than shoring up his cred as country’s highest-grossing traditionalist. He’s also flaunting his ability to bend an entire genre to his will, slowing the breakneck tempos of bluegrass down to a leisurely stroll – and without breaking anything resembling a sweat.
“Total Entropy” – the debut album from the daughter of Italian slasher-flick auteur Dario Argento – is actually a 12-year-old, 17-track collage of discheveled torch songs, hallucinogenic Serge Gainsbourg tributes and itchy dance tracks about sex, mortality and breakfast foods. Sung mostly in Argento’s androgynous, cigarette-scorched rasp, it’s funny and frightening in a way that so many dreams are and so many albums are not.