June 7, 2006

Rack And Opinion: Release Date 6.6.06

Depeche Mode -- Music For The MassesWe've made clear elsewhere that this week's releases are pretty much all secondary to the big one, Psapp's The Only Thing I Ever Wanted. If you hit the AOL Music stream we posted Monday then you may have reached the same conclusion we have, which is that the balance of the British electro-twee duo's album isn't nearly as addictive as "Tricycle" and opener "Hi," the two tunes that received most of the pre-release promotion. That said, the set seems a positive step toward a more sophisticated rhythmic and acoustic sound. So that's our big pick for the week. We have to admit enjoying even more than we anticipated we would listening to the reissue of Depeche Mode's Music For The Masses, so if you are one of our younger readers who doesn't already own the set in two formats, you should definitely toss that disc into your basket too. Those and the rest of our picks for best releases of the week are listed below, with links going to relevant commercial opportunities hosted by our favorite shoeshine guys over at Insound.

Be Your Own PET -- Be Your Own PET -- Ecstatic Peace
Camera Obscura -- Let's Get Out of This Country -- Merge
Depeche Mode -- Music For The Masses -- Sire
Nitzer Ebb -- Body of Work 1984-1997 -- Mute
Portastatic -- Who Loves The Sun -- Merge
Psapp -- The Only Thing I Ever Wanted -- Domino

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