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Album review: ‘Heartworms’

Many indie bands have consigned to a political agenda in response to today’s controversial political atmosphere, but The Shins have remained blissfully aloof. Fellow indie rockers, such as How To Dress Well and Toro y Moi, have focused their artistic efforts toward an anti-Trump agenda by adding their songs to the protest compilation “Our First 100 Days,” but The Shins have remained mostly quiet in the years following their last album release of 2012’s “Port of Morrow.” “Heartworms,” The Shins’ fifth studio album released Friday, is a refreshing escape from the political debates found online. Read more...

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John Legend's fifth studio album "Darkness and Light" (left) and Pete Doherty of The Libertines' "Hamburg Demonstrations" (right) were both released Friday. (Columbia Records (left) and BMG Rights Management (right)).
John Legend's fifth studio album "Darkness and Light" (left) and Pete Doherty of The Libertines' "Hamburg Demonstrations" (right) were both released Friday. (Columbia Records (left) and BMG Rights Management (right)).

The Weeknd showed the beginnings of stardom with 2015 album "Beauty Behind the Madness" (right) now fully realized with Friday's release of "Starboy" (left). (Republic Records)
The Weeknd showed the beginnings of stardom with 2015 album "Beauty Behind the Madness" (right) now fully realized with Friday's release of "Starboy" (left). (Republic Records)

Title Tracks' latest album "Long Dream" (left), released Friday, incorporates the rock 'n' roll sounds of predecessors, including The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys. Thee Oh Sees' new release "An Odd Entrances" (right), also from Friday, blends 1980s electronic krautrock with dream pop.
Title Tracks' latest album "Long Dream" (left), released Friday, incorporates the rock 'n' roll sounds of predecessors, including The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys. Thee Oh Sees' new release "An Odd Entrances" (right), also from Friday, blends 1980s electronic krautrock with dream pop.

Honeyblood's Oct. 28 album “Babes Never Die" (right) brings female energy and powerful delivery, while Slow Hollows' Friday release “Romantic” (left) is repetitive and sleep-inducing.
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Honeyblood's Oct. 28 album “Babes Never Die" (right) brings female energy and powerful delivery, while Slow Hollows' Friday release “Romantic” (left) is repetitive and sleep-inducing.
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Both Eminem and Tyler, The Creator use jarring lyricism and weave dialogue into their respective shock-rap albums "The Marshall Mathers LP" and "Goblin." (Left: Aftermath Entertainment, Right: XL Recordings)
Both Eminem and Tyler, The Creator use jarring lyricism and weave dialogue into their respective shock-rap albums "The Marshall Mathers LP" and "Goblin." (Left: Aftermath Entertainment, Right: XL Recordings)

Taylor Swift's 2008 album "Fearless" (right) foreshadowers her rise as a soon-to-be pop star, whereas her 2012 album "Red" (left) shows off catchy choruses that prove Swift was already on her way toward her true pop sound on 2014's "1989." (Big Machine Records)
Taylor Swift's 2008 album "Fearless" (right) foreshadowers her rise as a soon-to-be pop star, whereas her 2012 album "Red" (left) shows off catchy choruses that prove Swift was already on her way toward her true pop sound on 2014's "1989." (Big Machine Records)


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