Ten March 2010 Albums Worth Checking Out

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Ten March 2010 Albums Worth Checking Out

March is a mysterious month with plenty of secrets. There are probably lots of things you don’t know about March. For instance, according to Wikipedia, “in Finnish, the month is called maaliskuu, which originates from maallinen kuu, meaning earthy month, because during maaliskuu, earth finally became visible under the snow.” The more you know, right? Right. So here are 10 albums coming out in March that you should know about:

These New Puritans – Hidden [Domino – March 2]
Review (8.9/10) excerpt from Paste’s March issue: “Seldom have classical delicacy, rock attitude and pop vitality coexisted with such improbable ease. You’ve heard music like this before, just not all in the same place.” Brian Howe

Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks [Fat Cat – March 9]
Review (7.0/10) excerpt from Paste’s March issue: “Frightened Rabbit is still good at juxtaposing minimal passages with rousing dynamic swoops. But more than ever before, their songs are sandbagged with sighing keyboards, screaming layers of melodious distortion, nested rhythms, choral harmonies—all the doodads that rock bands are liable to employ circa album number three.” Brian Howe

Josh Rouse – El Turista [Yep Roc – March 9]
Review (8.4/10) excerpt from Paste’s March issue: “On El Turista, Rouse takes things a step further, diving headfirst into jazzy, lushly orchestrated, early-’60s-indebted Spanish-language tunes that play like a cross between Astrud Gilberto’s bossa-nova classics and Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Steve LaBate

Broken Bells – Broken Bells [Columbia – March 9]
Review (7.0/10) excerpt from Paste’s March issue: ”...it turns out that Mercer and Burton are compatible in other ways, both fond of slowly unspooling melodies, mellow rhythms and sonic gewgaws that let you come to them.” Michaelangelo Matos

Titus Andronicus – The Monitor [XL – March 9]
Review (9.1/10) excerpt from Paste’s March issue: ”’The enemy is everywhere’ is The Monitor’s twice-invoked refrain, the central thesis of an album that’s both uncompromisingly bleak and impossible to ignore.” Michael Saba

Miles Kurosky – The Desert of Shallow Effects [Majordomo/Shout! Factory – March 9]
Review (7.0/10) excerpt from Paste’s February issue: ”...an album brimming with stories of slightly off-kilter characters—such as the n’er-do-well protagonist of “Dead Language Blues,” whose mother calls him “all the time” to see if he’s still “failing … tempted each day by European ways, speed freaks and strays”—and driven by a classicist’s nose for hooks.” Corey duBrowa

Liars – Sisterworld [Mute – March 9]
Review (7.9/10) excerpt from Paste’s February issue: “Featuring a mix of straight-ahead rockers, willfully abrasive headbangers and gorgeously ominous odes, Sisterworld is petulant, rewarding and ultimately lonely.” Austin L. Ray

Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do [ATO – March 16]
Review (7.8/10) excerpt from Paste’s April issue: “Once again, the Truckers conjure up satisfyingly cinematic songs with the greatest of ease, from a reservoir-town murder to thoughtful strippers and self-approved self-destruction.” Jeff Vrabel

Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Rush to Relax [Goner – March 16]
These Aussie punks first came to prominence on the strength of 2008’s catchy, rocking Primary Colours. According to the band’s bio, Eddy Current formed at an office Christmas party with the hope that they’d “play a few shows and perhaps record a 7-inch or two.” Thankfully, three albums in, they haven’t stopped yet. Austin L. Ray

The Whigs – In the Dark [ATO – March 16]
Review (7.7/10) excerpt from Paste’s March issue: “The band’s sound has become deeper, richer, more complex: suddenly they’re serving up a pint of porter after a few rounds of Pabst.” Jeff Leven

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