EW recommends tracks by Al Green, Razorlight, The Most Serene Republic, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

By Ryan Dombal
July 08, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

?AL GREEN (Rev. Al, if you’re nasty) woos listeners with a shimmering online-only EP that includes the unerring ballad ”Perfect to Me” and a new take on the eternally classic ”Let’s Stay Together.” ITUNES.COM

?The funky, mild-mannered verses of RAZORLIGHT’s superhero-referencing ”Hang By, Hang By” are groovy — but the song’s hulking character is truly revealed in its distorted avalanche of a chorus. MUSIC.YAHOO.COM

?Singer Adrian Jewett (left) oozes an appealing, youthful exuberance on ”Content Was Always My Favourite Colour,” a skewed guitar-pop gem from Canadian sextet THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC. ARTS-CRAFTS.CA

?Borrowing a dash of the Smiths’ jangle and a pinch of Thom Yorke’s spastic wail, NYC upstarts CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH simmer up an indie-rock delight with ”In This Home on Ice.” CLAPYOURHANDSSAYYEAH.COM

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