By Chuck Arnold Lesley Messer Jessica Herndon
November 16, 2009 12:00 PM

>THE SWELL SEASON

Strict Joy

While a couple no more, the Oscar-winning Once duo of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová still can make dreamy alt-folk. But you keep wishing they were Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan. [2½ stars]

WOLFMOTHER

Cosmic Egg

Singer Andrew Stockdale could have easily laid the wrong kind of egg breaking in all new band members. Instead, this Aussie rocker does Sabbath and Zeppelin proud. []

TEGAN AND SARA

Sainthood

With help from Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla and Jason McGerr, the Canadian identical twins pump up the rock thump in their pixie pop.

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HARPER SIMON

Harper Simon

You can hear echoes of father Paul Simon in this singer-songwriter’s airy alt-country debut, which features Dad himself lending a hand on four tunes. []

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