New music: in store and online
The Decemberists drop the concept album shtick and get back to basics, with a little help from Gillian Welch and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, while James Blunt continues to corner the market on bland pop and Brit-rockers White Lies mope out on their sophomore effort. We've got reviews of the week's major releases, plus quick takes on new titles from Gregg Allman, Amanda Palmer, the Aquabats and more, inside the gallery.—Jessica Jardine and Andy Hermann, Metromix
The Decemberists, "The King Is Dead"
James Blunt, "Some Kind of Trouble"
White Lies, "Ritual"
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