A fresh round of new album releases this week shows us the consequences of some things not washing out (at least for You, Me, and Everyone We Know), even Trent Reznor can’t resist facebook (at first denying the offer, then accepting and scoring it “a shade darker”), and despite being arrested for drug possession and pining emotionally about the past, Kid Cudi’s musical odyssey continues as a bold step into a newer, deeper sound.

The Bad:

You, Me, and Everyone We Know, Some Things Don’t Wash Out

You, Me, and Everyone We Know are those guys that you’ve probably heard before, and not just because of their staunch similarities to Say Anything. The well-known Baltimore band shines through as the quintessential band of underdogs who sing explicitly about sex and troubles, a knack that seemed to work on their previous albums. But with the upcoming release of Some Thing’s Wont Wash Out on October 12, it’s clear that its time for the boys to step off the soapbox and realize that they got noticed; the point has been made.

  • AbsolutePunk: “While I was very much looking forward to this band’s “big” statement, I was weary of its chances for success. Luckily the fear and worry genes my parents instilled in me were for nothing. Some Things Don’t Wash Out? Thank God” — Blake Solomon
  • The Interlude: “Pop-punk will never be the same.  A bold statement, yes, but it’s imperative to understand the truth behind it when listening to Some Things Don’t Wash Out, the new album from DC rockers You, Me, And Everyone We Know.  Ben Liebsch (vocals) and company understand that pop punk has been over saturated with stupid jokes and uninspired hooks” — Ben

Some Things Don’t Wash Out is available on Amazon for $12.49

Warpaint, The Fool

Finished with the lineup shuffle for now, L.A. based experimental rock band Warpaint is ready to move into the big league with the release of their first full length album, The Fool, on October 25. The all girl quartet has spent most of their time as a band touring and playing festivals, and it has clearly been a long time waiting to hit the studio for the album release. White the initial grab is missing, the album promises true talent and direction, that might be found in a live performance and not fully accomplished on their album.

  • Frantik Mag: “No wonder Warpaint now sounds like a well-oiled war machine, as illustrated by how far their older tracks have come. Take the song they named after the band, for instance. According to Theresa, it started with a drum machine, then passed through five different drummers as guitar parts switched to synths (and vice versa) and vocals were dialed up and down” — Frantik News
  • The Skinny: “Picking up on the post-pub, post-club, post-smile vibe so recently nailed to the wall by Mercury champions The XX,The Fool is a slow grower, all atmospherics and barely-there ethereal female vocals, but with a grungy, dissatisfied angst at the bottom that encourages you to put in the listening time it demands” — PJ Meiklem

The Fool is available on Amazon for $13.99

The Good:

The Social Network Soundtrack

If you have a facebook account, then you’ve probably seen The Social Network already. While the film tells the tale of how facebook came to be and Zuckerberg’s rise into the popular crowd (if only in his friend box on his page…), there are definite dark moments in the story that cause you to think closely about your affiliation with the network. Enter Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and you got yourself a beautifully orchestrated and contemporary soundtrack to go along with that uneasy yet pleasing feeling you got from the film.

  • Primary Ignition: “As I pointed out before, your enjoyment of The Social Network soundtrack depends on how you feel about NIN and Atticus Ross’s work with Reznor.  If Ghosts were a video game, I suppose calling The Social Network soundtrack an expansion pack would be a good description.  I may have stepped into this soundtrack feeling surprised, but I walked out of it impressed” — Ben
  • The Music Cycle: “A soundtrack to a movie attempts to provide decent accompaniment to the film and sometimes to create an atmosphere. What The Social  Network OST does is much more than that, it is one of the main factors that makes the movie amazing” –  Ben

The Social Network Soundtrack is available on Amazon for $7.99

Kings Of Leon, Come Around Sundown

Come Around Sundown, the 5th studio album by Tennessee based Kings Of Leon, is highly anticipated across the board, and for good reason. Since it’s formation in 1999, the band has been grabbing the attention of Rolling Stone and international critics alike. “Sex on Fire”, the single from 2008′s Only By The Night, can make any girl weak at the knees as frontman Caleb Followill sings blatantly about sex in the car. It seems that the only direction for this band is up, and that is exactly where they’re headed with Come Around Sundown, to be released on October 15th in the U.S.

  • Music Radar: “A maiden spin of Kings Of Leon’s Come Around Sundown reveals a wealth of aural surprises, many of them confounding but all enthralling. Past producers Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King are credited as boardsmen here, but the fingerprints could have been David Lynch’s, because, much like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr, this is a difficult work to comprehend – and impossible to shake” — Joe Bosso
  • Culture Bully: “If you keep an open mind you’re likely to find a solid mainstream rock album that sounds much more like a product of band that enjoys “goofing off” more than it does “going to the office.” Time will tell which of the two directions the group takes—whether they chase success or continue the search for soul—but if Come Around Sundown is any indication, the future of Kings of Leon will be just as enjoyable as the band’s past has been” — Chris DeLine

Come Around Sundown is available on Amazon for $9.99

The Great

Kid Cudi, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

In 2009 we were invited  into the dreams of Kid Cudi in his debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day, and as warped and psycho as they seemed, we liked what we heard. Cudi wears his heart on his sleeve and envelops the listener into his world through his hip hop opera, so its no wonder that the album of the week title goes to Cudi with his upcoming release of Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (Cudi himself). This time, we get to listen in on Cudi’s reality, both the good and the bad, and even learn about his former coke addiction. The extremely personal nature of Cudi’s songwriting can strike as jarring to some, but at the end of the day, the fact that we get let into his life makes us come back for more.

  • Prefix Mag: “This Cleveland native initially wanted to deliver a sophomore album that was a little more straightforward hip-hop than what was heard on his genre-jumping 2009 debut, Man on the Moon: The End of Day. But somewhere along the line, rapper-singer Kid Cudi bailed on those plans and instead opted to create a sequel to his freshman effort. But where his debut focused on visions of his dreams and nightmares, Man on the Moon 2: Legend of Mr. Rager‘s intent is to bring you into Cudi’s reality” — Andrew Martin
  • Spin Magazine: “Yet Cudi expresses this heavy-hearted disarray with a brashly naive yearning. It’s as if admitting his flaws is his creative passkey, like horny solipsism is for, say, John Updike or Snoop Dogg. And trying to frame that lyrical fucked-upness so it’s not trite or pathetic pushes his music into intriguingly skewed places (the laconic dance-club drift of “Day ‘N’ Nite”). Like Drake and benefactor/collaborator Kanye West, Cudi works a rapping/singing hybrid that prizes raw emotion” — Charles Aaron

Man on the Moon II is available on Amazon for $13.99

Which album do you think deserves the “Album of the Week” title?