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Albums: Sept. 23, 2011

Reviews of the latest releases from St. Vincent, Bush, and more

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St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
Annie Clark’s third album luxuriates in sound — blurps and gurgles and beats and textures that surround her floaty prog-pop songs. It’s cerebral and a little chilly, but also full of musical surprises. A-Rob Brunner

Bush, The Sea of Memories
On Bush’s (well, it’s Gavin Rossdale and the drummer) first release in a decade, their radio-friendly mojo appears stuck in the same sticky amber that preserves Rossdale’s matinee-idol face. Alas, The Sea adds exactly zero entries to the totally awesome Bush greatest-hits album that doesn’t exist yet. C-Kyle Anderson

Katy B, On a Mission
This buzzy British bird has roots in London’s cutting-edge dubstep scene. But Katy B knows a good beat deserves a good hook: Her sleek, sassy debut comes off like the Spice Girls for hipsters. B+Mikael Wood

Trombone Shorty, For True
The young New Orleans brass man and occasional actor on hometown-based HBO drama series Treme delivers more flavorful Creole soul and a host of guests, including Kid Rock, Jeff Beck, and Lenny Kravitz. BBrad Wete

Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The scruffy San Francisco duo return with 11 songs of low-key psychedelic pop. Nothing sticks like the Dark Side of the Moon-tinged first single ”Vomit,” but it’s a quietly compelling follow-up to their more adventurous (and much-acclaimed) 2009 debut. BRB

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