By Chuck Arnold Eileen Finan
May 26, 2014 12:00 PM


Blondie 4(0) Ever

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Blondie looks back and forward on this double disc. On Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, old faves like “Heart of Glass” still sound fresh in rerecorded versions. On Ghosts of Download, new songs like the reggae-spiced “Sugar on the Side” and the synthy-sweet “A Rose by Any Name” prove that they are still capable of eliciting rapture. []


Hotel Cabana

There’s nothing else on the debut album by this British producer that can compete with the ridiculous catchiness of his Sam Smith-assisted hit “La La La,” one of the year’s best singles. Still, Hotel Cabana, featuring a slew of other guests like Ed Sheeran and Wiz Khalifa, is worth visiting. Emeli Sandé checks in for four tracks, best of which is the elevating “Lifted.” []


Season 2, Volume 2

It’s a testament to just how good the music continues to be on the ABC drama that some of the best tunes don’t even make this soundtrack’s standard version. You have to get the deluxe edition, available exclusively at Target, for standouts like “Wrong for the Right Reasons” and “A Life That’s Good,” both with star Connie Britton. []


The Knife Shift

When you get the endorsement of both Dave Grohl and Morrissey, you must be a fierce chick. Young—who gets Grohl to play drums throughout her latest and is currently opening for Moz on tour again—proves that female rockers are still alive and kicking. With her pounding piano and piercing vocals, she shreds into Knife Shift with a mean intensity. []