April 08, 2013 12:00 PM

>The Strokes

Comedown Machine

These New York City boys seem to have hopped a time machine back to the ’80s on their fifth album, with synth-infused tracks (“One Way Trigger”) and blissful dance-rockers (“Welcome to Japan”) that’ll take you higher. []



As a writer and producer, Ryan Tedder has made magic with the likes of Adele, Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson. But aside from the rare moment (“Feel Again”) on their third album, he fails to really bring it leading his pop-rock band. []

Thompson Square

Just Feels Good

On their second album, this husband-wife duo—2012’s CMA Vocal Duo of the Year—bring real-life intimacy to relationship tales like the ballads “That’s So Me and You” and “If I Didn’t Have You.” At times, however, it just feels so-so. []

Jimi Hendrix

People, Hell and Angels

With all the Hendrix compilations and reissues there have been over the years, it’s easy to overlook one. But this collection of previously unreleased studio recordings such as the freaky-funky “Izabella” feels like unburied treasure. []

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