This week in music releases we got some interesting album features.  From Weezer to Destroyer to Jamiroquai, we got you covered on some of the best (and worst) new albums to pay attention to this week. October has been a packed month of new artists, returning artists, and plenty of awesome musical discoveries. With the lead into November I’m sure some more great and awful albums are on their way, check out what we found this week:

The Bad

Destroyer, The Archers On The Beach

The canadian indie rock band Destroyer have literally destroyed their latest album release… okay so maybe “destroyed” is a little harsh, but they sure aren’t pleasing their fans of 10+ years or critics with their out-of-reach lyrics and muddled melodies:

Pitchfork: “These new songs find Bejar trying to acclimate himself to unfamiliar territory, while attempting to use that territory’s inherent qualities to his advantage. The verses to “Archer on the Beach”, for example, play on Tim Hecker’s grainy, melancholic music by repeating themselves in slight variations: At one point, the archer’s arrows are “stuck inside a peach,” but later they’re “slightly out of reach.” The words, like the music, are unfixed and variable; they play tricks on what you think you just heard” — Mike Powell

Raised on Indie: ““Archer on the Beach” is a meditation on the need to grapple with the 20th century in one’s own special way and with style, this time through singing quietly, through repetition, and through leaving lots of space between words, as well as finally learning to love crowds and nature” — Industry News

The Archers on the Beach is available on Amazon for $9.49

Jamiroquai, Rock Dust Light Star

Shaping the music scene throughout the 90s, the prominent acid jazz band Jamiroquai has had its wealth of releases and a ton of members, current and past. Too bad the latest release isn’t as generous as the band’s previous repertoire:

Independent: “The slippery disco-funk of tracks such as “White Knuckle Ride” and “She’s A Fast Persuader” recalls The Bee Gees, while the gospelly backing vocals and swampy guitar licks of “Hurtin’” flash straight back to 1972. Alongside the usual slick soul, the title-track itself is a confused and largely shapeless venture into prog-funk” — Andy Gill

Billboard: “”Lo-fi” is a relative concept, clearly: “Rock Dust Light Star” opens with the fat ’70s funk of “All Good in the Hood,” while the title track is a blissful groove, underpinned by strings, guitar riffs and a fleet of backing vocals” — Craig McLean

Rock Dust Light Star is available on Amazon for $31.98

The Good

Mini Mansions, Mini Mansions

The best thing that happened when Queens of the Stone Age took a break was the creation of Mini Mansions by Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes, and Tyler Parkford. The band has only released its EP, but already a fan base is building (borrowed from the Queens of the Stone Age crowd no doubt) and the critics are loving what they hear:

LA Weekly: “​Mini Mansions invites you to peek behind the curtain of their piano-driven, foot-stomping psychedelia. The L.A. trio fronted by Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman with friends Tyler Parkford and Zach Dawes ventures into a strange world of hazy definitions” — Drew Tewksbury

Stuff and Such: “It’s cool how much better the polished versions of these songs sound, especially when if you didn’t have the E.P., only a few of these tunes were listenable on youtube just a few months ago. Hopefully this album will get the attention it deserves, because it is one of the most unique albums to come out in a while” — Jordan Canio

Mini Mansions is available on Amazon for $16.98

Matt And Kim, Sidewalks

Yes, that cute dance punk duo from Brooklyn are back with their newest album release Sidewalks, a solid addition to their steadily building musical resume.  The duo have certainly found a formula that works, and though it might seem that they stick to their guns most of the time, its the pattern that wins hearts of critics and fans alike:

Spin: “Approaching a new Matt & Kim album is like driving up to the gates of a Christian summer camp — the blithe, loving embrace that awaits is, to a nonbeliever, as creepy as it is alluring. But since 2009′s Grand, the Brooklyn indie power couple have proven that the propulsive chutzpah of their live show can transform their recordings’ synth-pop buoyancy. By way of studio bigness — and even more sing-along choruses – Sidewalks at last fully translates that in-person oomph” — Chris Martins

Slant Magazine: “The snarky humor, thunderous percussion, and simple hummability persist, and in some instances, have been perfected. And, of course, there’s the prevalence of Matt Johnson’s folksy, cornball lyricism” — Kevin Liedel

Sidewalks is available on Amazon for $9.83

The Great

Weezer, Death To False Metal

Weezer, of course, wins the title of this week’s Album of the Week. Come on, its Weezer we’re talking about, and even though this album isn’t an effort featuring new tracks and full songs (if you’re looking for that, Hurley was just released a few months ago), true fans will get a kick out of these covers, odd songs, and previously recorded tracks. It’s just as good as when Rivers Cuomo released his solo works from his own personal recordings… but this time all the boys are involved:

Ology: “Two tracks save the whole affair from meh-ness—the first is “Losing My Mind”, a nineties Weezer ballad with saccharine orchestral flourishes and Rivers at his loneliest….The song is a typically sad-sack Cuomo tune, but its intimately emotional arrangement elevates it into one of his best compositions to date. Alternately, “I’m A Robot” is a rollicking, bouncy piano pop gem. An ode to the nine to five working class hero…the song is the most fun Weezer track in ages” — Brett Warner

Consequence of Sound: “Originally titled Odds & Ends (no doubt a reference to The Who), the band opted for the more tongue-in-cheek moniker,Death to False Metal. Unlike Rivers Cuomo’s successful Alone releases, however, this effort sounds and feels like an actual album. But that’s the point, at least according to Cuomo, who says, “Together, they are the album that should logically follow Hurley.” — Michael Roffman

Death To False Metal is available on Amazon for $11.99

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