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Albums: July 26, 2013

Reviews of new records from Selena Gomez and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

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Selena Gomez, Stars Dance
Fans who already follow Gomez’s every move will find plenty to post giddy status updates about here, from the bouncy Bollywood-ish hit ”Come & Get It” to the snippet of a voicemail from a smitten suitor who sounds a whole lot like a certain Canadian pop dauphin on ”Love Will Remember.” For everyone else, though, Stars Dance just feels like a studiously anonymous bag of one-size-fits-all pop attitudes — dancey, sultry, flirty — that Gomez tosses off like so many Snapchat selfies. B-Adam Markovitz

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Three albums in, Alex Ebert’s hippie-dippy collective still sometimes sounds more like a send-up of the neo-folk revival than an earnest interpretation of it. This self-titled outing generates its best vibes when Ebert throws his arms around deep-seated psychedelia like the skronking ”Let’s Get High” and the chiming head trip ”If I Were Free.” There’s nothing as NFL-commercial-ready as ”Home,” but they’ve also never done anything as bracingly lovely as the sunrise-worthy single ”Better Days.” BKyle Anderson

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