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Keren Ann - Keren Ann

Since settling in the Big Apple, the Parisian chanteuse seems to have traded her François Hardy mannerisms for Nico-like Velvet Underground influences. While her previous album, Nolita, featured whispery vocals and sensuous, late-night tones, Keren Ann’s latest boasts a generally tougher sound, from bluesy holler of “It Ain’t No Crime” to the drugged-out experiments of “Caspia.” The new album’s most appealing track is “Lay Your Head Down,” a dreamy rock number featuring cello, handclaps and harmonica. May 8
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Björk -Volta

Björk’s last album, Medulla, was a stunning soundscape of voices. Here, Iceland’s idiosyncratic pop queen delves deep into drumbeats, working with über-producer Timbaland, African collective Konono No. 1 and her own percussionist Chris Corsano on tracks like “Hope,” “Innocence” and the insanely catchy “Earth Intruders.” “Let’s stop all this religious bullshit,” explained Björk recently. “We’re all fucking animals, so let’s just make some universal tribal beat. We’re pagan. Let’s just march.” Who can argue?May 8
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Travis - The Boy with No Name

Huge in Britain, Travis seemed destined to break big in North America—until Coldplay arrived to steal its swoon-pop thunder. The Scottish quartet, led by singer Fran Healy, may do better with its fifth studio album. Produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead), with help from Brian Eno, Travis’ latest features such dreamy, melodic numbers as “Closer,” “Colder” and “My Eyes,” about Healy’s now-named son, that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Coldplay album. Even Chris Martin admits that Travis “invented” Coldplay. May 8
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