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Albums: June 3, 2011

Latest releases from Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard, and more

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Arctic Monkeys, Suck It and See
The Brit quartet jettisoned their dance-friendly shake on 2009’s Humbug, and Suck is steeped in similarly heavy desert-rock drone. (Once again, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme guests — this time as a backup singer, not a producer.) It hits hard, but the boyish energy of their early work is still missed. B-Kyle Anderson

Ronnie Dunn, Ronnie Dunn
In solo mode following a two-decade stint with Brooks & Dunn, the country star sticks to what he knows: road songs, love songs, songs about how every once in a while you’ve gotta drink enough whiskey to kill a horse. B-Mikael Wood

Def Leppard, Mirrorball
”Undefeated” is one of three new tunes on this Walmart-exclusive live set, and if its quality doesn’t quite live up to the title, there’s no denying the hero’s welcome given hits like ”Photograph” and ”Pour Some Sugar on Me.” C+MW

Benny Benassi, Electroman
At a time when numerous hitmakers leech off the trendy Europop sound, electro-house producer and DJ Benassi’s latest effort — with its throbbing bass lines, joyous synth progressions, and smartly chosen vocalists such as Kelis, Gary Go, and Pitbull — sounds authentic. B+Brad Wete

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