April 14, 2014 12:00 PM

>BOY GEORGE

This Is What I Do

“Have I lost my crown?/ Or will I be king again?” asks Boy George on “King of Everything,” the reflective highlight of his first studio album in 18(!) years. It’s great to have him back sounding smooth and soulful on these tunes, many of which, like “Feel the Vibration,” dip into reggae, while “Any Road” ventures into country. Now I want a Culture Club reunion! []

THE HOLD STEADY

Teeth Dreams

After leading man Craig Finn’s 2012 solo debut, this Brooklyn quintet returns with the latest in a string of strong releases that have made them indie darlings. They cut their choppers into Replacements-esque rockers, like first single “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,” and close with the epic nine-minute ballad “Oaks.” []

KARMIN

Pulses

It’s been two years since this duo hit with “Brokenhearted,” and now making their full-length debut, they’re all over the place. One constant is Amy Heidemann’s rapping—somewhere between Nicki Minaj and Kesha—which can get annoying. Still, it’s hard to resist the radio charms of the retro-disco “I Want It All” and the synth-poppy “Hate to Love You.” []

SAGE THE GEMINI

Remember Me

This hip-hopper produces some hypnotic beats on his debut album, which features the booty bouncers “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose.” Jams like those and “College Drop” are sure to keep that Spring Break feeling popping any time of the year, but the repetitiousness of Sage’s music makes his stuff work better in smaller doses on the dance floor. []

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