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Albums: July 6, 2012

Reviews of the latest releases from The Offspring, DIIV, and more

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Various Artists, American Idol Season 11 Top 10 Highlights

That Idol producers can record, mix, and release covers from every contestant each and every week — and have them sound this strong — is remarkable in itself. Due to the quick turnaround time, though, the instrumentation can feel lacking. Thankfully, the top 10’s voices are universally impressive, and tracks like Elise Testone’s “Whole Lotta Love” are actually a whole lotta fun. BGrady Smith

The Offspring, Days Go By

It’s the same old story on the veteran SoCal punk revivalists’ ninth album: pogo-and-whine thrash with a faux-funky detour — the embarrassing “Cruising California (Bumpin’ in My Trunk)” — and a title track that tries too hard to slow down and grow up. B-Kyle Anderson

DIIV, Oshin

One of the best things about the Cure in their ’80s prime was the way that Robert Smith would take his sweet time, letting those lovesick guitars live full lives before ever saying a word. Brooklyn Cure acolytes DIIV have obviously spent some time in Smith & Co.’s musical batcave; Oshin’s moody, reverb-soaked hooks and unrushed vocals induce a similar state of hazy-pop bliss. B+Ray Rahman