The new Eels album "Tomorrow Morning" is a sweet upward turn for Mr. E's trilogy that includes "Hombre Lobo" and "End Times." Where "Hombre Lobo" was loud and more than a little bit angry, and "End Times" intimate and almost uncomfortably sad, "Tomorrow Morning" is lovely and bright and oftentimes cheeky--and delicious new music to boot. Mr. E's unusual (for him, anyway) use of synthesizers is unexpected, but everything falls into place.
Ra Ra Riot's new album "The Orchard" isn't anything new, but I like it anyway. Think "The Rhumb Line" but a little bit peppier.
Magic Kids' debut album "Memphis" is sunshine and skipping--a perfect end-of-summer album.